Aussie granddad charged with online grooming young Filipino girl

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Grandfather, 63, arrested at the airport as he was about to fly to Philippines ‘to meet a young girl he groomed for sex on Facebook’

A Gold Coast grandfather accused of grooming young girls on Facebook for sex overseas has been granted bail.

Rex George Harrison was nabbed by Australian Federal Police at Brisbane Airport on Thursday just as he was about to fly to the Philippines.

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AFP Commander Lesa Gale said the 63-year-old was talking a girl aged under 16 on Facebook ‘in an attempt to engage in sexual activity with her and other children’.

‘There are offenders who seek to use the anonymity of the internet to identify and target vulnerable children,’ she said.

Harrison was granted bail in Brisbane Magistrates Court under strict conditions including living at house in Loganlea on the Gold Coast.

He told officers he believed his alleged victim was over 18, despite her referring to being in school in their online conversations, the court heard.

Commonwealth prosecutor Sophie Harburg said the father-of-three was an Australian citizen but did not live in the country.

He will face court again on October 27 facing up to 12 years behind bars. – Mailonline


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