A 26-year-old man from Golden Beach in Queensland has been charged after detectives executed a search warrant on his property in relation to child grooming activity.
The warrant was issued after a teenage girl was contacted via an undisclosed online messaging app and allegedly groomed by the man impersonating an 18-year-old teenager.
The man has been charged with two counts of carnal knowledge of a child under 16, two counts of using the internet to procure child under 16, and one count each of produce dangerous drugs (cannabis plants) and possession of dangerous drug (cannabis) and possession of utensil (water pipe).
During the search police uncovered video and photo evidence that indicate that there may be other young teenage girls who the man has had contact with. The man used the handle ‘whoneedsm5’ and targeted girls on the Sunshine Coast.
Police are appealing for anyone who has had contact with the man, whether using the above handle or another one, to contact them.
He will appear at the Maroochydore Magistrates Court today, June 8.
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