A Papua New Guinea man will be deported from Tasmania after serving 76 days in prison on child sex charges.
Casper Hauaiembe, 52, arrived in the state in late April for a six-week professional training course.
Within days of his arrival he used Facebook to initiate contact with a local 10-year-old boy.
The boy’s father was quickly alerted to the messages and began responding as his son, claiming he was 12.
On May 3, Hauaiembe expressed that he wished the child was older, but offered to pay for a taxi so the child could meet and spend the night with him.
He said they “could cuddle up and sleep” and attempted to make seven separate calls to the boy via Facebook.
The next day, he tried another four times to call the child on Facebook.
The boy’s father then alerted police, who assumed the profile and continued the communication.
During this time Hauaiembe invited the child to a party where “there would be wine and dancing”.
As the conversation progressed and became more explicit police discovered Hauaiembe had been confused by the profile’s display picture, and thought he was speaking with a young girl.
Police pretended to be 12yo sister
He then said the pair could still meet, but that it would not be right to have sex.
Police, still acting as the boy, then asked Hauaiembe if he would like to meet his 12-year-old sister. He agreed and a meeting was arranged for May 8.
Upon arrival he was arrested and taken into police custody.
In sentencing, Justice Stephen Estcourt said children were to be protected and described Hauaiembe’s actions as “reprehensible”, but acknowledged there had been no negative impact on the 10-year-old victim.
He said Hauaiembe, who is married and has five children, faced a “fall from grace” as he is “highly respected” in Papua New Guinea due to his work in social services.
Justic Estcourt convicted him of using the internet to procure a child to engage in a sexual act and sentenced him to 76 days jail, which was backdated, meaning Hauaiembe had already served the entire sentence.
The Papua New Guinea national was then taken into custody by Australian Federal Police to be deported.