Man used Facebook to procure 14-year-old girl for sex

A MARRIED father of one has used Facebook to procure a 14-year-old girl for sex.

The Mackay region man, 24, pleaded guilty to procuring to commit indecent treatment of a child under 16 and carnal knowledge in the District Court in Mackay today.

Judge Brian Harrison described the man's actions as "the nightmare of every parent who has teenage girls who have access to Facebook".

Crown prosecutor Nigel Rees told the court that between October 20 and 26 in 2014, the then 23-year-old man exchanged Facebook messages with the girl, who had been a family friend, and asked her to send him photos of herself naked.

Mr Rees said the girl had sent a photo of herself partially dressed.

He said that on October 31, 2014 the man had been supervising the girl and her friend. That night he had driven the girl to his home and had sex with her without using a condom.

Mr Rees said the man's actions had been discovered when he wife saw the Facebook exchange.

"It would appear from the facts that this prisoner has become somewhat infatuated with the complainant," he said.

In police interviews, the man admitted to having sex with the girl and said he had known she was 14.

Defence barrister Stephen Byrne told the court the man had lost his job since being charged and had a young child.

Judge Harrison said the offending was serious as it had happened on the same night the girl had been entrusted into the man's care.

He said the man had had an "otherwise unblemished background".

The man was sentenced to 12 months in prison but will be released on a suspended sentence after serving three months, with an operational period of two years.

The man was supported in court by his wife, who sat in the public gallery.


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