A CHURCHILL man who allegedly drove 16 hours to collect a teenage boy he met over the internet has been charged with grooming and four counts of indecent assault.
The 62-year-old man drove 1300 km on Friday to pick up a 15-year-old boy from a southern New South Wales town at midnight, a court was told. Police said they'd learned the man and boy had had regular internet contact over past weeks,
It was through this online communication that the teenager allegedly agreed to leave home and stay with the man. After travelling with the man overnight, the boy decided to flee the vehicle when it was stopped in Coonabarabran at 11.30am Saturday.
A passer-by helped him and took him to police.
The man left the area, but was located by police in Narrabri at 3.45pm and taken into custody.
New South Wales police charged him with four counts of committing an act of indecency, as well as grooming a child for sexual activity and using a carriage service to groom child under 16. He was refused bail and appeared in Moree Local Court yesterday.