The little girl who trapped 1,000 paedophiles in 10 weeks.

“Sweetie” is a computerised avatar being used to identify online paedophiles. (Screenshot via YouTube/Sweetie)


Trigger warning: This post deals with child abuse and may be triggering for some readers.

An Australian man has been convicted following an online sting that identified 1,000 paedophiles.

Charity workers from European organisation Terre Des Hommes went undercover, posing as a 10-year-old Filipina girl called “Sweetie” — in reality, a realistic-looking computer model — to catch out child sex offenders.

The BBC reports the programme involved four workers posing as Sweetie over 10 weeks in June and July last year — and it tracked down and identified 1,000 paedophiles, including a reported 46 Australian men, in that short time.

In November, the paedophiles’ information was passed on to Interpol and local police in 71 countries — and now, 37-year-old Brisbane man Scott Robert Hansen has pleaded guilty to three charges in Brisbane District Court.

This video explains the Sweetie avatar — and how she caught hundreds of men out. Story continues below:

The Daily Mail reports Hansen’s charges were using a carriage service to transmit indecent communications to a child under 16, failure to comply with a sex offenders order, and possession of child pornography.

He is believed to be the first person to have been convicted as the result of the undercover sting, the BBC reports.

Hansen is a registered sex offender who was first convicted for wilful exposure in 1995 for repeatedly flashing young girls on a school bus.

(Screenshot via YouTube/Sweetie)

He was again convicted in 1999 for flashing young girls, and in 2009 was sentenced to 18 months in jail for flashing — and attempting to abduct — an eight-year-old schoolgirl, reports.


Following the most recent conviction, Hansen was sentenced to two years in prison — although the BBC reports he not expected to go to jail because he’s already served time in custody.

The BBC obtained disturbing chat logs of Hansen’s conversations, which included Hansen asking if Sweetie was “really 9yo”.

When she replied “yes,” he wrote: “wanna chat or cam with older?”

He went on: “I like asian chicks, are you… for action” and “I’m naked, ever seen a guy naked?”

Hansen also reportedly performing a sex act in front of his webcam during his chats with Sweetie.

Hansen asked “Sweetie”: “I’m naked, ever seen a guy naked?” — before performing a sex act in front of the camera. (Screenshot via YouTube/Sweetie)

An charity worker who posed as Sweetie during the sting told BBC that Hansen was “not even amongst the most serious” — adding that some of the chat conversations “literally gave me nightmares”.

Hansen “was very direct, at one point he asked us to get our fictional eight-year-old sister involved”, the worker — who asked to remain anonymous — said.

“It was very difficult to go to sleep at night after interacting with someone like Hansen.”

Paul Wolters from Terre Des Hommes told the BBC it was a “breakthrough (that) the judge actually convicted him of indecent contact with an avatar, virtual account”.

“The judge said ‘if you believe that it is a nine-year-old girl, it is law and that is good enough,” he said.

 Bravehearts is an organisation that helps survivors of child sex abuse. You can contact Bravehearts here.

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