Man who had sex with girl,14, in park spared jail

A MAN who had sex with a 14-year-old girl, whom he met on Facebook, twice in a Pialba park has escaped spending any time in jail.

The girl was left in fear of being pregnant as the man, 18, did not use a condom.

The man, who the Chronicle has not named in order to protect the girl, pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay District Court to two counts of unlawful carnal knowledge.

Crown prosecutor Sandra Cupina said the pair had begun communicating on Facebook and on September 13 they agreed to meet in a Pialba park.

She said when they met, the man asked the girl if she wanted to have sex. The girl said yes, but the pair stopped when they heard someone make a noise in the park.

Ms Cupina said the second incident occurred just two days later. She said the girl was very upset by the incidents.

Defence lawyer Lars Falcongreen said the man had a learning disability and had been bullied throughout high school.

He said the man was flattered by the attention from the girl.

"She was his first sexual partner," Mr Falcongreen said.

Judge Ian Dearden reminded the man that before engaging in any sexual activity consent must be given and the other person must be old enough to give consent.

"Any time you have sex with anyone there is a risk of pregnancy and a risk of communicable diseases," Mr Dearden said. "You put this young girl at risk."

Mr Dearden sentenced the man to two years probation and 75 hours community service. No convictions were recorded.



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