Maroochydore online predator jailed for child sex offences

A MAROOCHYDORE-based internet predator raped three girls who agreed to meet him for sex after he threatened to circulate nude photos of them.

Jake George Brown used chat, messaging and dating websites and apps to prey on five girls, who were aged 14-16.

Brown, 21, pleaded guilty in the Maroochydore District Court yesterday to 29 charges, including 11 counts of rape.

Judge John Robertson said the case highlighted the risks of young people posting personal information in a virtual environment.

"If ever there was an example of how dangerous the internet can be, this is the case," Judge Robertson said.

The court heard Brown engaged each of the girls online quickly turned the conversation sexual.

At his request, the girls sent photos of themselves, including topless shots and pictures of their genitals.

His first victim, 14, agreed after he threatened to send photos of her and her friend to their school.

He picked her up in his car after she snuck out when her mother was asleep, then raped and sodomised her.

Another girl, 15, who accepted a lift home from work with him, was bitten, raped and sodomised in his car after agreeing to masturbate him for $250.

Brown made advances towards two more victims while on bail for the offences against the three girls.

A 16-year-old agreed to have sex with him for $500-$600 when he changed the conditions, threatening to send compromising photos of her to her family and friends on Facebook.

He also approached a 15-year-old girl online, asking her to send a naked photo for money.

Crown prosecutor Greg Cummings Brown's offending was serious because it involved "so much planning and execution".

Psychologists' reports said Brown had a lack of empathy for others as a result of autistic spectrum disorder, which could have contributed in part towards his offending.

Defence counsel Steve Courtney said Brown's from a "loving and supportive" family were "shocked" by his actions.

Judge Robertson noted expert opinion that Brown would have been aware his behaviour was wrong, despite his lack of empathy for others.

He sentenced Brown to nine years jail on each count of rape, and periods of 18 months to four years for other charges, including procuring a sexual act by coercion.

Taking into account time already served in custody, Brown will be eligible for parole on February 11, 2019.

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