#childpredator | Alleged pedophile drove 2000km from Mt Isa to Brisbane QLD to groom child who was an undercover cop


Moment ‘predator’ is arrested after he ‘travelled 1,800km to a Hungry Jack’s to meet a 15-year-old girl for sex – only to learn he’d been chatting online to an undercover cop’

  • Man, 20, arrested after he left Mount Isa for Hungry Jack’s in Brisbane on Friday
  • Allegedly made trip to meet who he thought was a child he’d groomed online
  • The girl was actually an undercover officer attached to task force Argos 

A Queensland man who allegedly travelled almost 2,000km with the intention of having sex with a child has been arrested in a police sting.

Detectives swooped on the 20-year-old after he left Mount Isa for a Hungry Jack’s in Brisbane on Friday to allegedly meet who he thought was a 15-year-old girl who he’d groomed online.  

The girl was actually an undercover officer attached to task force Argos, which investigates online child exploitation and abuse.

A Queensland man who allegedly travelled almost 2000km to have sex with a child has been arrested in a police sting. Pictured: The man being arrested by detectives in Brisbane on March 12

The investigation began on 11 January 2021 after a referral from Western Australia Police who received a tip the man had allegedly been talking to underage girls online. 

He has been charged with using the internet to procure a child and four grooming offences, and police will allege he travelled to Brisbane in order to engage in sexual acts someone he thought was a child.  

The man has been released on bail and will face the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Tuesday. 

Detective Inspector Glen Donaldson warned the taskforce was watching out for alleged child predators. 

‘Every day Argos has undercover officers working in a range of online platforms to detect and apprehend people who seek to exploit children in our community,’ he said after the arrest.

Detectives swooped on the 20-year-old after he allegedly left Mount Isa for a Brisbane fast-food shop on Friday to meet a 15-year-old girl he'd groomed online. Pictured: The man being arrested by detectives on March 12

Detectives swooped on the 20-year-old after he allegedly left Mount Isa for a Brisbane fast-food shop on Friday to meet a 15-year-old girl he’d groomed online. Pictured: The man being arrested by detectives on March 12

The girl was actually an undercover officer attached to task force Argos, which investigates online child exploitation and abuse. Pictured: The accused paedophile is put in handcuffs by officers

The girl was actually an undercover officer attached to task force Argos, which investigates online child exploitation and abuse. Pictured: The accused paedophile is put in handcuffs by officers 

‘To those that seek to engage in this predatory behaviour, just remember that the next ‘child’ that you engage may be a member of Argos.’ 

Mr Donaldson warned parents there are predators lurking on social media and they need to be aware of who their children are talking to online.

‘Supervision is key to prevention, as is ongoing communication with children about how to stay safe online and the dangers of having online ‘friends’ they have never met face-to-face,’ Mr Donaldson said. 



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