DETECTIVES in Derry have arrested a man as part of a child sex grooming investigation.
The man, who is in his 30s, was detained today in the city on suspicion of attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.
It is an offence under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 to arrange a meeting with a child under 16, for oneself or someone else, with the intent of sexually abusing the child.
A person commits such an offence if:
- they intentionally arrange or facilitate something that they intend to do, intend another person to do, or believe that another person will do, in any part of the world; and
- doing it will involve the commission of an offence under SOA 2003 (ie, sexual activity with a child; causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity; engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child; or causing a child to watch a sexual act).
The maximum sentence on conviction for child sex grooming offences is 14 years.
A police spokesperson said: “The man is currently in custody at Strand Road PSNI station assisting police with enquiries.”
At this stage there are no further details.