Tow truck operator Christopher Kevin Addley at court. Picture: Annette Dew
Tow truck operator Christopher Kevin Addley at court. Picture: Annette Dew

Tow truck boss snagged in Grindr sting

A TOW truck company boss accused of procuring an underage boy for sex through the gay dating app Grindr allegedly told an undercover cop posing as the teen he was into "hot, discreet fun".

Christopher Kevin Addley, then 36, was arrested outside Hungry Jack's in Brisbane's Queen Street Mall in December 2015 and charged with using an electronic communication device to procure fictional underage boy "Mack Jones'' to engage in a sexual act.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge, in the Brisbane District Court yesterday.

The court heard Addley also told the undercover officer posing as the 14-year-old boy he was "keen to fool around" soon after meeting him on the social-networking site.

He was holding his mobile phone in his hand with a private chat window open to the ''boy'' at the time of his arrest, the court heard.

The court heard that Addley began chatting with ''Mack Jones'' during the afternoon of December 8, three years ago.

Police allege he was exchanging more than 100 messages and sent images of his penis and torso and his ex-boyfriend's penis, between about 4pm and 7.30pm that day.

The court heard some images were sent before Addley was aware the boy was underage.

Addley had described himself on Grindr as 178cm tall, 110kg, white and muscular, the court was told.

An undercover officer set up a profile claiming ''Mack Jones'' was 18-years-old but later told Addley: "I'm not 18, hey" and "don't say anything, I'm only 14".

After hearing the boy was a virgin, Addley allegedly sent him two selfies and asked: "Are you keen to fool around but nothing serious? Keen to let you fool around with me and take it as it comes".

The covert officer allegedly expressed concerns about his lack of sexual experience, but Addley allegedly told him: "I'll show you a thing or two and let you do what you want…"

He had expected to pick the child up and go for a drive to Mt Coot-tha before returning to his home to "watch movies" when he was sprung by police in the centre of the Brisbane CBD, the court heard.

The trial continues today.



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