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A teacher who allegedly "sexually engaged" with a police officer posing as a child on the internet has been charged with child exploitation.

The 30-year-old Hillarys man, who is also a sports coach and held a Working with Children card, allegedly used an online chat, which included a web camera link, to engage with who he believed was a 13-year-old girl in January.

The "child" was in fact a police officer conducting a covert operation.

Police said the man expressed a desire to meet the "child" and "sexually engaged" with the internet user.

Police on Tuesday charged the man with using electronic communication with the intent to procure a child believed to be under 16 years in sexual activity and one count of using electronic communication with the intent to expose a child to indecent matter.

Sex Crime Division Detective Inspector Eric Smith said the arrest served as a reminder that police continue to identify offenders using social media sites to exploit children.

The man is scheduled to appear in Joondalup Magistrate's Court on February 13.

The West Australian

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