Man, 29, jailed for sex with girl, 14

A BUNDABERG man has been sentenced to two and a half years behind bars after admitting he had sex with an underage girl.

Robert Kelly Allen, 29, pleaded guilty on Friday in the Brisbane District Court to carnal knowledge with a child under 16.

He also pleaded guilty to breaching his reporting requirements as set out under the sexual offender legislation.

Crown prosecutor Melissa Wilson told the court the offence occurred on October 18 last year at an address in Bundaberg.

She said Allen had a lengthy criminal history which included similar offences against underage girls, including one as young as 12.

"He met the girl, 14, through mutual friends at a party in Bundaberg," she said

"The girl initially told him that she was 17.

"The girl told him that they should go upstairs and have some fun.

"He initially declined, but went upstairs later in the evening and had sex with the girl."

Ms Wilson said Allen was a recidivist offender and continued to take advantage of vulnerable young girls for his own gratification.

She said Allen has treated the courts with contempt and has breached every single order he has ever been placed on.

Defence barrister Kathryn McMahon said Allen was severely intoxicated at the time and believed the girl was of consensual age.

She said he had a tragic upbringing which included the murder of a close family member when he was young.

Judge David Reid told Allen that he needed to change his ways otherwise he would spent the majority of his life in and out of jail.

He said he accepted this was not a breach of trust and the girl initiated the contact, but it was against the law nonetheless.

Judge Reid sentenced Allen to two and a half years behind bars.

Taking into account the 258 days he had already served in custody, Allen will be eligible to apply for parole on August 24.



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