Granddad bailed in Qld on grooming charge

A Gold Coast grandfather accused of grooming a child for sexual activity overseas has been granted bail a day after he was pounced on by Australian Federal Police officers at Brisbane Airport.

The Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday heard Rex George Harrison was preparing to fly to the Philippines when he was taken into custody.

Magistrate Judith Daley granted him bail on a number of conditions, including that he reside at an address in Loganlea.

An Australian Federal Police statement issued later on Friday afternoon said a 63-year-old Biggera Waters man was arrested after an investigation by the Queensland Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Team (JACET).

"Police will allege the man had been engaging online with a girl under the age of 16 in the Philippines in an attempt to engage in sexual activity with her and other children," it read.

The court heard he told police he believed his alleged victim was over 18, despite her referring to being in school on Facebook conversations.

Commonwealth prosecutor Sophie Harburg said Harrison was an Australian citizen but did not live in the country and noted the offence carried a maximum penalty of 12 years behind bars.

Harrison is a father of three and also has grandchildren, and was a chef by trade, the court heard.

The matter will return to court on October 27.

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