A 42-year-old man has been charged over alleged online sexual exploitation of a 9-year-old girl after a tip-off from Canadian police led to his arrest.
Jayson David Darke from Sydney faced Sutherland local court on Tuesday, Feb. 27, for allegedly committing sexual acts online with a 9-year-old Canadian girl — which was reportedly organised by the girl’s own mother, reported 7News.
Police allege that Darke and the Canadian woman were having online conversations about the young girl. According to MailOnline, Darke allegedly requested photographs of the child and even engaged in an explicit video call with the 9-year-old.
Darke told the news website that he met the girl’s mother via Facebook through another woman he had known in Canada. He had spoken to the girl’s mother in August and September 2016 but he denied ever having any sexual conversations with the child.
“I love children but I don’t love them in that sense,” Darke told MailOnline.
“I’ve done some stupid things and I’ve said some stupid things. Those conversations, I did say some stupid things but none of them were real.
“Saying something and actually taking it further and acting on it are two different things,” he added.
The 42-year-old said he has never met the mother or daughter in person and that he was suffering from serious mental problems at the time the conversations took place after sustaining a major head injury, reported MailOnline.
“I don’t want to say it’s a joke or it’s a game but I wasn’t saying any of this stuff in a very serious way,” Darke told the news website.
“I just hope that I can get across that saying something and actually going ahead and doing something are two different things.”
Investigators executed a search warrant on a home unit in Sydney where laptops, mobile phones, electronic storage devices and an extendable baton were seized.
Darke was charged with two counts of using a carriage service for child pornography, using a carriage service for sexual activity with a person under 16 years, and possessing a prohibited weapon, reported the news website.
On Tuesday, the local court granted him strict conditional bail. He is scheduled to next appear in court on May 1.
According to Darke’s LinkedIn account, he is the owner of Jayson Darke Motor Sports and participates in car racing championships.