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Man arrested at Brisbane airport charged with online child grooming offences

7 July 2017

The 37-year-old man was arrested at the Brisbane International Airport.

A Solomon Islands national has been granted bail after being arrested for online child grooming offences at Brisbane’s International Airport.

Samuel Terence Rova was arrested by Taskforce Argos officers at the airport on Thursday afternoon as he arrived in Australia.

Police alleged the 37-year-old engaged in sexually explicit communications with a police detective posing as a 14-year-old girl.

He appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court this morning where he applied for bail.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Matt Kahler opposed bail saying Rova posed a flight risk and risk of reoffending.

The 37-year-old man was arrested at the Brisbane International Airport.

But Rova’s lawyer Remy Kurz said those risks could be ameliorated by surrendering his passport.

“He has a tourist visa which allows him to remain in Australia until February next year,” Mr Kurz said.

“Should that be revoked he’ll be placed in immigration detention.”

Mr Kurz said his client could reside with his cousin who lived in Australia.

The court heard Rova visited Australia regularly due to his job as a flight attendant and he had no prior criminal history.

He was granted bail on the condition he surrender his passport, report to police several times a week, and not use social media.

Magistrate Elizabeth Hall said the charges against Rova were serious and easily detected by Taskforce Argos.

“This is a serious and shameful charge against you,” she said.

“It seems there is not an unacceptable risk and I’m going to allow you bail.

“You’re not to approach any point of international departure.”