Man accused of a dozen sex acts

A Maryborough man, 24, has been taken into custody after appearing in the Maryborough Magistrates Court on a dozen sex charges against two girls.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was accused of sexually assaulting the children between 2003 and 2009.

He faces four charges of rape, one of attempted rape, five charges of indecent treatment of a child and two charges of sexual assault.

Magistrate John Smith said the man should never have been released once police laid charges against him.

“There are a number of charges where he’s been allowed at large, which is impermissible under the Bail Act,” Mr Smith said.

“The offences date from August 2009 back to 2003. If that’s not a danger to members of the public then nothing is.”

Defence solicitor Jim Fairlie said the defendant and the first complainant were both intellectually impaired.

Mr Fairlie said his client had made admissions to police that he touched the girl’s genitals when she was 10 years old, that he touched her on her breasts to “wake her up” and that he laid with the girl under a blanket while she had her shirt off.

The allegations of the second child, however, were not substantiated by any other evidence, Mr Fairlie said.

Magistrate John Smith said there was an unacceptable risk the alleged offender would commit more offences.

Mr Smith refused bail and remanded the man in custody until February 9 when the case was expected to be committed to the District Court.

‘The offences date from August 2009 back to 2003. If that’s not a danger to members of the public then nothing is’



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