Man charged with grooming young boys

A MAN has been charged at Lismore after police allege he tried to "groom" boys between 12 and 15 years old over social media.

Following complaints, an investigation was launched into the 23-year-old's online activity.

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Police allege the man engaged in grooming behaviour with more than 30 boys aged between 12 and 15.

It is alleged the grooming offences took place on social media, including Facebook, Skype and email.

Police said they believe the man set up fake social media accounts to communicate with his victims.

He was arrested on November 20 and charged with using a carriage service to groom people under 16, and using a carriage service to transmit indecent communication to a person under 16.

The man was granted conditional bail to appear at Lismore Local Court in December.

Richmond Crime Manager Cameron Lindsay urged parents to be aware of their children's online activity.

"It's all too easy for predators to assume a different identity online, with a view to grooming children or teenagers," he said.

Anyone with information about online child grooming can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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