‘Come with me’: $1 coins used to lure kids
A MAN has spent the night behind bars after he allegedly approached two young girls and tried to lure them into bushes using $1 coins and an opened condom wrapper.
The 48-year-old Perth man appeared in Mandurah Magistrates Court and was refused bail yesterday afternoon after detectives hunted him down and arrested him.
Police allege the man was at Quarry Adventure Park in Meadow Springs on November 15 when he spotted the two girls, aged 11 and 12.
About 11.40am, the man allegedly approached the two children outside the toilet block area of the park.
He allegedly came within three metres of the girls before dropping a piece of paper with a $1 coin taped to it and a message that promised the children more money if they followed him.
The 48-year-old is then accused of dropped an opened condom packet in front of the girls before walking into nearby bushes and standing behind a tree.
Police said the girls picked up the note but immediately after reading it, they left the area and told their parents, who later contacted police.
The 48-year-old man from Lakelands was charged with procure, incite, encourage a child under 13-years to do an indecent act.
Police also charged him with exposing a 14-year-old child to explicit material on social media.
The investigation is ongoing, and detectives urge anyone who knows of any similar approaches made to children in the last few weeks in the Lakelands and Meadow Springs area to contact police.
"The note said, 'Come with me if you want more'," in relation to the money.
"The two children, albeit very young, 11 and 12, conducted themselves very well in the circumstances and immediately ran from the area and told their parents.
"What I will say to the public is that it is important as parents that we have a chat with our children around personal safety.
"This is very good evidence that these two children have had that conversation with their parents and were able to identify it was a risky situation and immediately left the area."