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In 48 per cent of cases the adult suspect was arrested at the intended rendezvous with the child.
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, and includes a discussion of three successful prosecutions.A range of possible offences may be used where an adult engages in sexual activity with a child, depending on the nature of the sexual activity.If, however, an adult approaches a child with the intent of engaging in sexual activity, but no sexual activity actually takes place, that may or may not constitute an offence.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.
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However, a maximum penalty of 10 years applies if the child is, or is believed by the adult to be, less than 12 years of age.