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Former diplomat admits looking for underage sex, with undercover cop

A once-senior Australian diplomat has admitted using a messaging app to seek out an underage boy for sex.

John Cornelius Finnin, 63, believed he was talking to a 14-year-old boy on Kik Messenger but was actually in contact with an undercover police officer for two weeks in September last year.

John Finnin leaves the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday.

John Finnin leaves the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday.Credit:AAP

Finnin established that the “boy” was underage within the first few days of the conversation, police claimed in court documents released in January.

“I understand you’re nervous. So am I, as you are underage,” one message to the undercover officer said.

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