Task Force Argos charge man with online grooming offences

A 55-year-old man has been charged after allegedly travelling from the ACT to Queensland to meet up with, what he believed to be, a 13-year-old girl.

The man was arrested and charged after detectives from State Crime Operations Command’s Task Force Argos intercepted after his arrival in Brisbane overnight.

As part of Operation Kilo Beau, Argos investigators identified the man as he allegedly used the internet to attempt to coordinate a meeting for sexual activity with a woman and her 13-year-old daughter. The man was unaware that he was in fact engaging with a Task Force Argos investigator.

The 55-year-old man was arrested and charged with use internet to procure a child under 16 years for a sexual act in Qld.

He was refused bail and will appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court this morning.

“We continue to urge all parents to watch who their children are befriending and chatting to online, and we also need to enforce that parents themselves need to take care when engaging with someone they have just met or barely know online,” Detective Inspector Jon Rouse of Task Force Argos said.

For more information on how to stay safe online, visit the Queensland Police Service website at 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.

Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.

For all non-urgent police reporting or general police inquiries contact Policelink on 131 444 or Policelink.qld.gov.au 24hrs a day.

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