Detectives nabbed the 22-year-old Victorian man about 10pm yesterday at a hotel in Chatswood on the city’s lower north shore.
He was taken to the local police station and charged with 11 counts of intentionally sexually touching a child, five counts of having sexual intercourse with a child and two counts of intentionally doing a sexual act with a child.
“Police will allege that on five separate occasions the man arranged via social media to meet the girl at a hotel in Chatswood and engage in sexual activities with her,” NSW Police said in a statement today.
In NSW, those found guilty of sexual touching offences involving children face up to 10 years behind bars.
Having “sexual intercourse” with a child carries a maximum penalty of 10 years’ jail if the victim is aged 14 to 16, which jumps to 16 years if the victim is aged 10 to 14.
The maximum penalty for sexual intercourse with a victim aged under 10 is life in prison.
Child abuse detectives began investigating on the weekend after reports a man was allegedly travelling from Victoria “to engage in a sexual relationship” with a young girl in Sydney.
The man was refused bail overnight to appear at Hornsby Local Court today.