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Whether or not it is an offence depends on the available law.
In cases of attempting to commit a sexual offence, there will also be a question of fact to answer - that is, whether the adult has taken steps towards carrying out their intent.
It reports on the 25 investigations into online grooming completed by the Queensland Police in the period June 2003 and September 2004 under the code name Task Force Argos.
The purpose of this study is to better understand how online grooming offences are committed and how they can be policed.
Nor does the prosecution have to prove that the adult intended a particular sexual act.
It is no defence if it is in fact impossible for the child to engage in the sexual act intended.
The investigations involved police officers posing as girls aged between 13 and 16 accessing the internet in order to uncover adults who were seeking to procure children online for sexual activity.
Where there are laws in place, how are we to combat this predatory type of behaviour?
One way is for the police to pretend to be children in online spaces and wait for the predators to come to them.
This paper reflects on the nature of online grooming and the police response.
In 48 per cent of cases the adult suspect was arrested at the intended rendezvous with the child.
Toni Makkai Director Children are growing up with computers.