Man charged with abusing victims he met on dating sites

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A man who allegedly preyed upon women he targeted through online dating sites is facing dozens of charges.

The 23-year-old man from Perth's south has been charged with 64 offences, including 12 counts of aggravated sexual penetration without consent and two counts of aggravated threats to kill, between 2016 and 2023.

Police will allege he committed the offences against nine female victims.

Officers searched the man's Treeby home and seized storages devices, cameras and computers.

One mobile phone allegedly contained more than 232,000 images and 9300 videos.

"A digital forensic examination of seized material is continuing and detectives have located images and information relating to a large number of women they are attempting to identify," West Australian Police said on Wednesday.

The man has been charged with offences including stalking, acts to endanger life, health or safety, deprivation of liberty and home burglary.

He is due to face Perth Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Police Commissioner Col Blanch said the significant number of images and videos found on devices suggested "far more" alleged victims could be identified.

"The special crime team are currently working through those images to see if we can identify more victims, so it might turn out to be much larger than what it currently is," he told ABC radio.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

Mr Blanch urged online dating site users to take precautions, including meeting in public places and letting friends know where they were going.

"There are evil men out there on social media platforms looking for people to attack. That is a reality," he said.

"This is not about blaming victims, because people should be able to date and do it freely and happily. But there are people in this world who are out there to do the wrong thing, and the quicker I can lock them up, the better it is."

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