Alleged dating site 'predator' arrested

DAVID CLARKSON
Last updated 12:16 03/03/2014
Shane William Grogan
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ALLEGED SCAMMER: Shane William Grogan was arrested without incident at the South City shopping centre.

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A man accused of being an online predator was mistakenly released on bail last week, but rearrested on Saturday afternoon.

Forty-six-year-old Shane William Grogan, also known as Shane Calder, is now in custody after an appearance in the Christchurch District Court today.

He will stay in custody at Christchurch Men's Prison pending a bail application by his defence counsel, Ruth Buddicom, next Monday.

Grogan has been charged with three thefts from houses, dishonestly using a document, and unlawfully taking a car.

In November 2013, Grogan is alleged to have travelled to the Palmerston North area to meet an online contact, a woman aged in her 30s.

He stayed at the victim's home for a week, and proposed to her before again leaving abruptly, allegedly taking cash and belongings.

When he appeared before Judge David Saunders, duty lawyer Carol Morgan said Grogan had been released on bail but was picked up by the police again on Saturday without incident at the South City shopping centre "because he was not meant to have been released".

She said Grogan now agreed to a further remand in custody for the bail application to be made next week.

Police allege that Grogan has befriended women through online dating sites before stealing from them.

 

 

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