TWO Northern Rivers men have been arrested and charged for child sex offences including sexual assault and online grooming.
Police from Richmond Local Area Command formed strike force earthworm in June 2012 to investigate a series of sexual assaults in 2011 and 2012.
During investigations officers discovered alleged online child grooming activity on social networking sites.
Officers from strike force earthworm arrested a 40 year-old Goonellabah man at his home yesterday.
He taken to Lismore police station where he was charged with 53 offences, including sexual intercourse with a child between 14 and 16 years, aggravated sexual assault in company, possess child pornography and aggravated indecent assault.
He was refused bail and will appear at Lismore Local Court on November 20.
Following further inquiries, investigators executed a search warrant at a rural property near Alstonville.
Police arrested a 44 year-old man who was later charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault in company and aggravated indecent assault.
He was granted conditional bail and is due to appear at Lismore Local Court on November 20.
Police said the investigation is ongoing and further charges are expected to be laid in the future. Strike force investigators are urging anyone with information that may assist with their investigation to contact Lismore Detectives or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Safe internet use tips for parents include:
- Be aware of how much time your child spends on the internet.
- Spend time talking to your child about the dangers associated with online conversations.
- Spend time exploring the internet with your children and let them teach you about their favourite websites.
- Keep the computer in a room the whole family can access; not in your child's bedroom.
- Consider installing filtering and/or computer blocking software provided by your internet service provider. The Netalert web page provides information on a number of commercially-available products.
- Ensure you are able to access your child's email and randomly check the contents.
- Check your phone bill for unusual outgoing calls, or consider using a 'caller ID' device to identify incoming calls.
- Consult your telephone company for options designed to ensure privacy and security.
- Enquire with your child's school, public library, and places they frequent, to find out what internet safety measures they have in place.
- Information on internet safety is available on the NSW Police website
Tips for children include:
- Do not send a picture of yourself to anyone you don't know and never place a full profile and picture anywhere on the internet.
- Never give out your personal information, including name, home address, phone number or school, over the internet.
- Never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone you have chatted with on the internet.
- Tell your parents or another adult you know of any contact that makes you feel uncomfortable.
- Remember that pressing 'send' is definite and final - you can't get it back or take it down.