A Facebook conversation in which a man wrongly thought he was talking to a teenage girl has led to a guilty plea on child sex abuse charges.
That has resulted in Albury man Graham Jones being committed for sentence in the District Court in Albury.
Jones admitted trying to organise for the 14-year-old girl, who in fact was an undercover police officer, to meet him for sex.
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He pleaded guilty before Albury Local Court magistrate Richard Funston to charges of using a carriage service to procure a person under 16 years of age for sexual activity and to possessing child abuse material.
A further charge of contravention of an apprehended violence order, to which he also pleaded guilty, will travel with those committed matters to the District Court.
Mr Funston was told how Jones, now 50, was a "registrable person" subject to a child protection order, which was made in Albury Local Court on October 17, 2017.
Jones took part in the Facebook Messenger conversation with the officer, who identified as "Skyler", between February 1 and April 13 this year.
"The conversations included sexually explicit language and arrangements to meet Skyler by coming around to her house."
In doing so, Jones breached his child protection order.
As Jones drove to the meeting point on April 13, police directed him to pull over.
"As police approached, the defendant attempted to break his phone in half."
Jones obstructed police, but eventually they were able to seize the phone and place him under arrest.
Police later seized six mobile phones belonging to Jones, with each "containing child abuse material".
Jones, who is in Junee jail, will be arraigned before the District Court on February 4.
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