A teenage girl has been sexually assaulted in Sydney's west
after going home with a man she met on a social media
Her alleged attacker is the third man to be arrested this
week after allegedly using the internet to target youngsters,
prompting police to issue a warning to parents.
Late last month, a 15-year-old girl told police she had been
sexually assaulted in July by a man she had met on a social
He allegedly chatted to the girl online and they met at
Hurstville before he took her to a home at Carlton where it
is alleged she was sexually assaulted.
The 24-year-old man arrested at a Villawood address on
Wednesday was charged with aggravated sexual assault and
refused bail to face Bankstown Local Court on Thursday.
In a separate attack, two teenagers contacted police earlier
this year after they were targeted online and by mobile phone
by a man requesting explicit photos.
A detective posing as a 14-year-old boy engaged the man in
online and mobile telephone chats and police say a number of
the conversations were sexually explicit and involved plans
for the pair to meet.
A 34-year-old man was arrested at a shopping centre in Port
Macquarie shortly after 10am (local time) on Tuesday.
He has been charged with two counts of using a carriage
service to procure persons under 16 years for sexual
It followed the arrest on Monday of a 27-year-old man accused
of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old after befriending her on
a social media website.
He allegedly made contact with the teenager online last month
before inviting her to his Nelson Bay home, where he
allegedly sexually assaulted her last week.
He has been charged with three counts of aggravated sexual
assault and five counts of assault with act of indecency.
Police say parents should access their child's email and
randomly check the contents.
Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch told reporters that
parents needed to monitor the internet usage of their
"Parents need to take that responsibility because you don't
know who your kids are talking to on the other side of the
"These pedophiles purport to be other children, then when
they arrange to meet, the kids are leaving themselves