Man arrested outside Parramatta pool after allegedly grooming girl online

Detectives allege the 39-year-old man made sexually explicit comments online to a 14-year-old girl. Photo: NSW Police

Detectives allege the 39-year-old man made sexually explicit comments online to a 14-year-old girl. Photo: NSW Police

An IT worker from an inner city digital agency has been charged after he allegedly tried to groom a 14-year-old girl online.

David Grubb, 39, was arrested on Tuesday afternoon outside a public pool in Parramatta.

Police allege he was at the pool to meet a girl he had been chatting to online for three months.

However, detectives from the Sex Crimes Command's Strike Force Trawler had been posing as the 14-year-old.

"Police will allege in court the man believed he was speaking to a 14-year-old girl and made numerous sexually explicit comments to the child, and made arrangements to meet with her," a NSW Police statement said.

He was refused bail in Parramatta Local Court on Wednesday on charges using a carriage service to procure persons under 16, possessing prohibited drugs and possessing a prescribed restricted substance.

The man was arrested at a public pool in Parramatta as he allegedly sought to meet up with a 14-year-old girl. Photo: NSW Police

The man was arrested at a public pool in Parramatta as he allegedly sought to meet up with a 14-year-old girl. Photo: NSW Police

Mr Grubb, from Top Ryde, lists his job as a "solutions architect" for an e-commerce and digital consulting firm in Surry Hills.

He also describes himself as an avid scuba diver and recent masters student and student mentor at Charles Sturt University.

Police seized electronic devices, a mobile telephone, cannabis and prescription drugs at his Top Ryde home.

They also searched a home in Dubbo, where Mr Grubb has previously worked as an IT coordinator for the region's TAFE colleges. Officers seized a computer, a tablet and electronic storage devices.

Strike Force Trawler, part of the Child Exploitation Internet Unit, investigates the sexual abuse and exploitation of children facilitated through the internet.

In an exclusive interview with Fairfax Media in December, Detective Inspector Mick Haddow revealed the strike force arrests about one person per week and is increasingly using undercover stings.

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