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Man climbed through window, raped 13-year-old girl

A WOMAN was so horrified by the disgusting abuse of a 13-year-old girl she ran sobbing from the courtroom as the case was heard.

Her cries from outside were heard as Judge Gary Long detailed the teen's ordeal at the hands of her sister's ex-boyfriend before handing down his sentence.

The girl was forced to have sex, was sodomised and inappropriately touched by the man, a decade older than her, after he climbed through an open Hervey Bay bedroom window.

He could be released from prison as early as January next year.

The man was on parole at the time.

He was also in breach of a domestic violence order which forbade him from visiting his ex-girlfriend's home.

A psychologist has found he was not remorseful nor did he understand the effect the abuse has had on the girl and her family.

The 23-year-old, who the Chronicle has not named in order to protect the girl, pleaded guilty to two counts of forced unlawful carnal knowledge, two counts of sodomy and two counts of indecent treatment of a child.

Crown prosector Dejana Kovac told the court the man had started Facebook messaging the teenager after he broke up with her older sister.

She said he brought the girl a mobile phone to communicate with her secretly.

When he was released on parole in January last year it was only days before the first incident occurred.

The man climbed through the window while the girl slept and asked her for sex.

The court heard the girl said no a few times before relenting but changed her mind and pushed him off her.

Another incident occurred at the friend's house.

It was not until the girl's family found explicit photographs and text messages in April last year that police were notified.

The man was on parole after serving time for attacking his young brother.

Judge Long said the psychologist's report was particularly concerning.

"The psychologist recognises your lack of insight into the effect of the offences."

Mr Long ordered a head sentence of three years prison. He set a parole eligibility date of January 11 next year.

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