A 40-year-old man has faced court over the alleged sexual assault of a 13-year-old boy he met on Grindr.
According to police, Sydney man Moud Nuri and the boy met through the app on Friday, September 28.
Police said the pair engaged in conversations, including the exchanging of images and personal details, and made plans to meet in person.
That day, the boy deleted the app and cut off contact with the man.
Later that evening, the man allegedly went to the boy’s Western Sydney home and approached the boy, who was in the front yard.
Police allege the man pushed the boy to the ground and sexually assaulted him.
A short time later, the boy’s mother came to the boy’s aid, and the man ran to his vehicle and drove away.
Local police attended the location a short time later and the boy was taken to hospital for examination.
The man was arrested at his home and charged on Sunday with having sexual intercourse without consent. He appeared at Parramatta Bail Court on Monday and was granted strict conditional bail to appear at Penrith Local Court on Thursday.
Under the bail conditions, Nuri has to report to police three times every week, and is not to go within 500m of the boy’s home and he is not to try to contact the alleged victim or any witnesses. The man has also had to surrender his passport and phone.
Nuri’s case will re-appear in Blacktown Local Court in mid-December.
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller told radio station 2GB that authorities should have asked for bail to be refused.
“The right assessment, in terms of community safety, was the one that was made at the police station to refuse bail to the individual,” he said.
“This is a high level, horrendous offence, against a 13-year-old boy.
“These sorts of people shouldn’t be walking the streets… If I can get the matter back before the court then I give the community that assurance that we will.”
Earlier, NSW Police have issued a warning to parents about the safety of children online.
They have urged parents to speak to their children about the dangers of talking to people online and to monitor their use of phones and tablets.
“Spend time talking to your child about the dangers associated with online conversations, particularly when communicating with someone that they have only ever met online,” NSW Police said in a statement.
According to Grindr’s Terms of Service, users must be 18 years old to use the app.
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