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Truck driver tried to have sex with underage boy

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 14/09/2018 Adam Hegarty

A Brisbane tow truck operator has been found guilty of trying to have sexual relations with an underaged boy through the gay dating app Grindr.

Christopher Kevin Addley was 36 when, in December 2015, he arranged to meet the person he was messaging, at a Hungry Jacks in the Queens Street Mall, where he was arrested. 

He thought the person was a 14-year-old boy but it was actually an undercover police officer, posing as a child. 

The District Court heard Addley sent naked pictures of himself to the fictitious "Mack Jones". 

a man standing in front of a window: Christopher Addley told the court he was engaging in role play during the conversations. © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Christopher Addley told the court he was engaging in role play during the conversations.

A jury was shown a fake profile picture, of a shirtless male, with his back to the camera, under the title "Mack, 18".

Some of their messages have been read in court. 

They include "Mack" saying: "I'm not 18, hey" and "don't say anything, hey ... only 14, almost 15."

He also said: "As long as you don't care about me being 14 hey ... not experienced like you man.." and "as long as u r cool with an inexperienced 14yo".

a group of people that are talking to each other: A former tow truck company boss has been found guilty of trying to procure a teenage boy for a sexual act. © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd A former tow truck company boss has been found guilty of trying to procure a teenage boy for a sexual act.

Addley told "Mack": "I'll show you a thing or two, and I'll let you try what you want..." and "trust me, you don't need to be nervous".

In court, Addley argued he thought this was a form of "role play" and still believed he was talking to a man aged 18 or over. 

"It may be in a sexual role play situation," he told the court. 

"Throughout the whole context, from start to finish."

He said the fake profile picture showed a "muscular growth on the shoulders that a 14-year-old wouldn't have".

A jury found Addley guilty today and the judge will now decide whether to impose a jail term.

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