A British tourist has been arrested in Australia for allegedly attempting to meet a girl he thought was 13 after grooming her over the internet.
The 34-year-old had arranged to meet the youngster after several explicit conversations with her, police said.
The New South Wales force said officers from its Sex Crimes Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) began engaging with the man, who was visiting Australia from the UK.
Detectives from the unit’s Strike Force Trawler say the man believed he was speaking to a 13-year-old girl and engaged in sexually-explicit conversations with the child.
He is said to have told the youngster he was driving down the coast from Cairns and made arrangements to meet her when he arrived in Sydney.
He was detained in the Westmead district of Sydney, shortly after 11am on Friday.
Officers searched a camper van, and seized a number of items for forensic examination.
He was taken to Parramatta Police Station, in Westmead, and was charged with using a “carriage service to procure persons under 16”.
On Saturday, John Alexander Kenyon appeared at the Parramatta Bail Court, were he was remanded in custody, 9News reported.
He did not apply for bail and it was formally refused.
The hearing was adjourned to Sydney’s Central Local Court on 16 August.
NSW Police Force said on its website: “Strike Force Trawler is an ongoing investigation by the CEIU into the sexual abuse and exploitation of children facilitated through the internet and related telecommunications devices.
“Regular covert online investigations are conducted by the CEIU and police in NSW work closely with their law-enforcement colleagues interstate and overseas.”
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