Driving teacher locked up for sex crime

Perry Duffin

A Sydney driving instructor remains behind bars after being accused of trying to procure a 14-year-old girl for sex.

Tony Keith Whale, 63, was arrested at Westmead on Thursday after allegedly engaging in sexually explicit conversations with detectives posing as the teenager for a number of weeks.

Police later raided a home and seized computers and electronic storage devices.

Whale did not apply for bail and it was formally refused at Parramatta Local Court on Friday.

His boss, Onroad Driving School chief executive Ronak Shah, was shocked when he started getting phone calls on Friday morning.

"There's never been any complaints about him, his working with children's check was clean," Mr Shah told AAP.

"I can't believe it myself; he's a family man. We're colleagues, we talk, we get to know each other."

Mr Shah said his company conducts background checks on staff as does the state government when driving instructor licences are issued.

Whale's online biography, now removed from the company's website, says he worked in media until he made a career change.

Whale's matter is due back at court on September 11.