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Man guilty of 50 child sex offences

A LISMORE man has pleaded guilty to more than 50 child sex offences, including the rape of his sister when she was aged between seven and 13, and using a child for pornographic purposes.

The 27-year-old pleaded guilty in the Lismore Local Court to carrying out a series of rapes and indecent assaults on his sister between 2003 and 2009, as well as producing, possessing and disseminating child pornography.

Magistrate R Denes committed the man to the Lismore District Court for sentence on 28 of the most serious offences.

The sentencing judge will take into account a further 24 offences which the man’s defence lawyer, Laura Fennell, said he accepted full responsibility for.

The case exposed a violation of sibling trust and Crown facts reveal the man took naked photographs of his younger sister and sent them to internet users.

An investigating detective described child pornography found in the man’s possession as being some of the most disgusting he had seen.

The Crown stated that the tearful girl told a school friend about the attacks, claiming her brother had been raping her and she wanted it to stop.

The DoCS helpline was contacted and the allegations investigated by the Joint Investigation Response Team (JIRT), led by Detective Senior Constable Darryl Pace.

The girl was interviewed at her school by investigators and became emotionally distressed and tearful, but would not say who committed the attacks because she ‘did not want something bad to happen to him’.

She also expressed concern about her parents finding out.

Her brother was arrested and interviewed at Lismore police station and gave details of numerous sexual incidents.

The offender said he knew it was wrong and that, legally, the victim could not consent to any sexual acts because of her young age.

“I told her it was not right, but I didn’t stop it though,” he said.

Charged with possession and production of child pornography, the man admitted to police to having taken photographs of his sister with his mobile phone camera before saving the images on to a compact disc.

A Sydney man was investigated and found to be in possession of images of the victim sent to him by the man.

In a statement before the court, Detective Pace described some of the images as being ‘highly offensive and the most disgusting images I have seen in seven years working in the child protection unit’.

The Lismore man will remain in custody until his sentencing appearance.



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