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UK tourist allegedly groomed 'girl' online

A British tourist who believed he was communicating with a 13-year-old Sydney girl in sexually explicit conversations online will remain behind bars after being charged with child exploitation offences.

Officers posing as the teenager last week began engaging with John Alexander Kenyon, who is visiting Australia from the United Kingdom.

The 34-year-old arranged to meet the Sydney girl after several explicit conversations with her from Cairns, police say.

Kenyon was arrested at Westmead, in Sydney's west, shortly after 11am on Friday and was charged with the use of a carriage service to procure persons under 16.

He appeared on Saturday at Parramatta Bail Court, where he didn't apply for bail and it was formally refused.

The matter has been adjourned to Central Local Court on August 16.

© AAP 2017