Canadian cops help arrest Grovedale man on child sex charges
Paul John Kelly leaves Geelong Magistrates' Court yesterday.
A GROVEDALE man has been arrested and charged on serious child sex offences following a tip off by Canadian police to Australian authorities.
It is alleged Paul John Kelly, pictured right, was communicating with a young girl in Canada via the internet when her father discovered the correspondence and contacted local police.
It is believed they then contacted Australian Federal Police who arrested Mr Kelly yesterday in a joint operation with the Victoria Police Sexual Crimes Unit.
Mr Kelly, 48, is charged under Commonwealth legislation with using a carriage service to transmit indecent communications to a child under 16 and using a carriage service to groom a child under 16 for sexual activities.
He is also charged under State legislation with possessing child pornography.
Dressed in blue jeans and black T-shirt, Mr Kelly sat quietly in the dock of Geelong Magistrates' Court yesterday during a brief bail application and filing hearing.
AFP Prosecutor Simone Tatas said bail was not opposed but requested strict conditions be applied.
Magistrate Ann McGarvie granted bail with conditions Mr Kelly continue to reside at his present address, surrender all passports, not attend any point of international departure and not contact the victim.
Ms McGarvie then adjourned the matters for committal mention at Geelong Magistrates' Court on May 3.
The AFP's national co-ordinator of child protection operations, Detective Superintendent Todd Hunter, said yesterday the AFP was committed to combating the exploitation of children.
"The AFP takes the crimes of creating, possessing and distributing child abuse material, as well as grooming children for sexual purposes very seriously," he said.
"The AFP also has a significant domestic and international role to play in ensuring children and young people are safe, no matter what environment they are in."
Geelong Advertiser (10-2-2012)