A Sydney man will remain behind bars for the next two months after being accused of grooming a 13-year-old girl online before repeatedly sexually assaulting her.
Earlier this month, police received reports Kyle William Reeve from Mount Colah on Sydney’s northern outskirts, had met the girl for multiple sexual encounters after connecting with her online.
The 36-year-old Reeve was arrested in Hornsby on Monday afternoon and police during the arrest seized a mobile phone from him.
He has been charged with multiple counts of grooming a child under 14 years old, intentionally sexually touching a child, possessing child abuse material, child sexual assault and using a carriage service to send indecent material to a child.
He was also charged with administering a prohibited drug to another person.
Reeve appeared at Hornsby Local Court on Tuesday and did not apply for bail, which was formally refused by magistrate Bruce Williams.
His case will return to the same court on October 7.
NSW Police Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec on Tuesday urged parents to speak with their children about the risks of connecting online with strangers.
“Social media is a wonderful tool to stay connected with friends and loved ones but the platforms also provide opportunities for those not known to us to initiate communication – and this includes strangers talking to our children,” Det Supt Kerlatec said in a statement.
“It is so important that we remind children that meeting with people they have only communicated with in an online environment puts them at extreme risk.”