Seitz has being getting treatment and the court heard his offending was out of character.
Seitz has being getting treatment and the court heard his offending was out of character.

Sting caught man seeking sex acts with underage girl

HE thought he was going to meet a 15-year-old girl - but Sascha Alexander Seitz was talking to police the whole time.

Seitz, a machinist formerly from Mackay, went to a Hungry Jacks in Brisbane to meet the "girl" soon after chatting on social networking site Skout last September.

"The conversation turned sexual," Judge Deborah Richards said at Brisbane District Court on Friday.

Seitz, then 28, was communicating with a police officer posing as a 15 year old.

"You arranged to meet her ... indicating that you were going to do various sexual things to her," Judge Richards said.

"Unbeknownst to you, you were conversing with a police officer with Taskforce Argos."

Argos is the specialised Queensland police unit dedicated to stopping online child sexual abuse.

Police arrested Seitz at the mall.

Seitz had no previous criminal record, was deeply remorseful, and his behaviour on Skout was out of character, the court heard.

He quickly admitted guilt and decided to get psychological treatment.

German-born Seitz, now 29, moved to Australia as a teenager.

"You've had some difficulty adjusting socially it seems, since coming to Australia," Judge Richards told him.

He was bullied in Germany and diagnosed as having adjustment disorder related to some earlier stressful situations.

"The offending is very serious because it involves enticing someone you thought was a child to meet you for sexual activity," Judge Richards said.

But Seitz was found to have a very low risk of re-offending and was getting "extensive counselling," the judge added.

For these reasons, and because the court heard this was an isolated incident, Judge Richards decided it was an "exceptional case" and no more time in custody was justified.

Seitz pleaded guilty to using the internet to procure a child under 16 and intentionally going to meet that child.

The Crown had asked for a head sentence of two and a half to three years.

He was sentenced to two years jail, suspended immediately. The suspension will last four years.

-NewsRegional



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