'Seeking sexy play': Sydney teacher's alleged ad before 'planning to pay child, 14, for sex'


A distinguished deputy principal at a northwest Sydney school is accused of listing a classifieds advert online for “Indian or Filo teens” before being charged with online child exploitation offences.

Kellyville High School Deputy Principal Damian Wanstall, 47, is behind bars after being accused of grooming a 14-year-old girl online before trying to meet her and pay for sex.

Undercover detectives from NSW Police Strike Force Trawler began engaging online with the teacher earlier this month after he allegedly posted an advert to classifieds website, Locanto, titled: “Any legal Indian or Filo teens want fun”.

“40yo aussie daddy seeking sexy play this weekend. Will reward. Can host discreetly Rouse Hill,” the advert read according to alleged facts.

Wanstall - who allegedly believed he was speaking with a 14-year-old girl online - is accused of sharing sex acts he wished to perform on the child before arranging to meet and pay her for sex.

However, it was actually detectives posing as the teen.

The 47-year-old then found police waiting for him at the agreed meeting location in Westmead on Monday afternoon.

Police later searched a home at Rouse Hill and seized several items, including a laptop and an electronic storage device.

‘No stereotypical person’

NSW Police Acting Superintendent Chris Goddard said police would investigate whether Wanstall had abused any children in his care.

They will also investigate whether the incident formed part of a larger pattern of behaviour.

“We will be taking measures to work with the Department of Education and Training, to make sure that all aspects of that are covered,” Goddard told reporters on Tuesday.

Detective Goddard added that there is “no stereotypical person who engages online in this space” and alleged offenders can come from all walks of life.

Kellyville High School Deputy Principal Damian Wanstall.
Kellyville High School Deputy Principal Damian Wanstall. Credit: Supplied

Wanstall was charged with using a carriage service to procure a child under 16 years for sexual activity and using a carriage service to transmit child abuse material.

He appeared at Fairfield Local Court on Tuesday and failed to apply for bail, which was formally declined by magistrate Theo Tsavdaridis.

He’ll next face Parramatta Local Court on December 15. 

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