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Specialist officers who work to protect children from sexual offenders and catch perpetrators have secured three charges against a Romford man.
Officers with the Child Abuse Investigations Team launched enquiries after reports of sexual activity between a man and a child in the Tilbury area.
This also followed reports of a man breaching his bail conditions.
Police spoke to the child, putting support in place, and carried out a number of enquiries to locate a person of interest.
Tyrese Smith, 19, of Grove Road, Romford, has been charged with three counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child.
He appeared at Southend Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday November 29 and was remanded in custody until a hearing at Basildon Crown Court on Tuesday January 2.