Lloyd Alexander Gedling

Posted: November 3, 2012 by Serendipity in Location, Northern Territory, South Australia
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Ex-cop jailed over online sex lure

November 21, 2007

A former Northern Territory policemen who used an internet chatroom to try to lure a 14-year-old girl into meeting him for sex has been jailed for 15 months.

Lloyd Alexander Gedling was on holiday with his wife in Adelaide in March last year when he logged on to his sister-in-law’s computer and began a conversation with someone he thought was a teenage girl.

Gedling, 40, wrote to the girl over a number of days through an internet chatroom, phoned her and attempted to meet her, the South Australian District Court heard.

But he did not know he was dealing with an undercover police officer.

In sentencing on Wednesday, Judge Steven Millsteed said Gedling was a foolish and immature man who developed an addiction to the internet as he immersed himself in the virtual world.

“Over time your use of the internet developed into addiction,” Judge Millsteed told the court.

“Your virtual life became more important than your real life.”

Gedling had testified at trial that he did not intend to meet the girl, and that the two of them were playing a fantasy game.

But a jury rejected the claim, finding him guilty in September of procuring a child to engage in sexual activity.

Judge Millsteed said Gedling, who served in East Timor with the army before taking a job as a police officer, had failed to show contrition for his actions.

Gedling will be eligible for parole in seven months.



Call to jail ex-cop internet child sex predator

  •  The Advertiser
  • October 30, 2007 11:30PM

THE internet had become a playground for children and those caught using it to entice them into sexual activity should be jailed, a court was told today.

Crown prosecutor Peter Salu called for former Northern Territory policeman Lloyd Alexander Gedling to be imprisoned after being found guilty of procuring a child to engage in sexual activity over the internet.

“The Crown submits that those considering using the internet, like the prisoner, to make contact with young people with a view to corrupting or sexually exploiting them must now be on notice that that type of behaviour will result in imprisonment,” he said.

Gedling, 40, formerly from Katherine, was found guilty in September of using an internet chat room to procure a child for sexual activity.

Gedling was on holiday in Adelaide with his family when he was arrested in March last year.

He had met a police officer pretending to be a 14-year-old girl online and began asking her sexually explicit questions and said that if she wanted to see his penis they would have to meet.

The court heard Gedling gave the girl his mobile phone number and was sent a photograph of a girl who was well under the age of 16.

Today his lawyer, Stephen Apps, said Gedling started using the internet “more than he would before” at a time when there were stresses in his marriage.

Mr Apps submitted that Gedling did not make “any real attempt” to meet the girl he had met online.

He said Gedling had talked in an “immature and stupid” way during the internet chat and never intended to meet the person he was talking to.

Mr Apps asked that any jail sentence imposed on Gedling be suspended.

Gedling, who resigned from the Northern Territory police after being arrested, was remanded in custody for sentencing next month.



Former cop found guilty of child sex internet charge

Updated Tue Sep 25, 2007 2:13pm AEST

A jury has taken just seven minutes to find a former Northern Territory police officer guilty of using the internet to try to lure a child into sexual activity.

The case has been before the District Court in Adelaide.

It had heard that Lloyd Alexander Gedling, 40, used an internet chat room to try to arrange a sexual encounter with someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl.

It was actually an undercover police officer.

Gedling had been on holidays in Adelaide at the seaside suburb of Semaphore from his job as a police officer stationed at Katherine in the NT.

He has since quit and now works as a truck driver.

After a three-day trial, a jury has taken just minutes to find him guilty.

Gedling will be sentenced next month.


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