Dramatic moment when a 30-year-old man is arrested at an airport after allegedly posing as a 14-year-old boy to groom girls for sexual activity
- The 30-year-old man was arrested at Brisbane Airport for tending to teenage girls
- The man was returning home from abroad when he was arrested by the police
- He impersonated a 14-year-old boy online to try and obtain child exploitation material
- Police say he also made attempts to hook up with at least one child for sex
A 30-year-old man has been arrested when he returned from abroad for allegedly caring for children online while posing as a 14-year-old boy.
He was arrested Thursday at Brisbane airport after being stopped by Australian Border Force agents.
Police allege that the man posed as a teenage boy to entice young girls to send him sexually explicit material and also made attempts to meet at least one child for intercourse.
A 30-year-old man has been arrested while returning from abroad at Brisbane Airport for taking care of children online posing as a 14-year-old boy
Police allege the man impersonated a teenage boy to entice female children into providing child exploitation material and attempted to meet at least one child for sexual intercourse
He was charged with possessing child exploitation material and taking care of a child under 16 to perform sexual acts.
He was also charged with using the internet to buy a child under 16, intentionally meeting a child and twice exposing a child under 16 to indecent acts.
He was taken into custody to appear at the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday.
Argos Detective Inspector Glen Donaldson said that despite all that children have been taught about online safety, they are still actively involved in unsafe practices, such as sending intimate photos of themselves and talking to strangers online.
‘Research by the Commonwealth eSafety Commissioner has shown that 1 in 4 children have been approached online by a stranger. This is extremely worrying and highlights the need for parents to be aware of their child’s online footprint and to talk to their child about online safety,” Det Donaldson said.
“Supervision is key to prevention, as is ongoing communication with children about how to stay safe online and the dangers of online ‘friends’ they have never met face-to-face.”
Detective Donaldson encouraged parents to continue raising their children and have conversations about online safety and what to do if they feel unsafe.