A 50-year-old man has been charged by police after travelling from New South Wales to Queensland allegedly for the sole purpose of engaging in sexual activity with, what he believed to be, a 14-year-old girl.
The man was arrested and charged when detectives from State Crime Command's Task Force Argos intercepted him after his arrival in Brisbane on Saturday.
As part of Operation Mike Beau, Argos investigators identified the man as he allegedly used the internet in an attempt to coordinate a meeting for sexual activity with the child. The man was unaware that he was in fact engaging with a Task Force Argos investigator posing as a 14-year-old girl.
The 50-year-old man was charged with seven offences including one count of using a carriage service to 'groom' a child under 16 years of age and six counts using a carriage service to procure a person under 16 years of age.
He is due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court this morning.
Detectives would like to remind parents to remain vigilant about the dangers of their children using social media.
"The use of mobile and tablet technologies by children has increased the opportunities for predators to target children online. It has also created an environment that limits the ability for parents to properly supervise online activity of their children," Detective Inspector Jon Rouse of the Child Safety and Sexual Crimes Group said.
"Parents need to remain vigilant about how their children use these technologies to communicate with others and ensure that they discuss a range of online safety strategies." he said.
For important information on how to stay safe online and keep your children safe, head to the police website www.police.qld.gov.au
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.
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