Girl, 4, filmed naked, court hears

A YOUNG Slade Point father got the shock of his life when he came out of the shower to find a man filming his naked four-year-old daughter in the lounge room.

The incident happened on Wednesday night and resulted in detectives arresting a registered child sex offender who had been unwittingly befriended by the Slade Point family and who had been living nearby in a campervan.

The police case is that the registered sex offender entered the house while the child was asleep fully clothed in the lounge room and her father was having a shower.

The man allegedly undressed the child and was filming her naked when her father came out of the bathroom and caught him.

A man, 56, who can not be identified by law at this stage, faced the Mackay Magistrate's Court yesterday, charged with indecent treatment of a child under 12 and making child exploitation material. He was not required to enter pleas.

The court heard that the man was registered on the Australian National Child (Sex) Offenders Registry (ANCOR) and had previous convictions for sexual offences in 1995 and 2002.

He had no fixed address but was hoping to live at a caravan park and he was living on Centrelink benefits.

Bail was opposed by prosecutor Bimal Raut, who said the allegations involved "a disgusting act in our society".

The man had been given a place to live, with cheap rent, out of kindness by the Slade Point family and he had abused their kindness, Mr Raut said.

Duty solicitor Robert Kern, of Wright, Wright and Condie, said he was instructed to seek bail and that the man could live at a caravan park and report regularly to police if required.

Magistrate Raimund Heggie said the risk of granting bail was outweighed by a number of factors, including that the man was already a registered sex offender, had no place to live and might be a flight risk.

Bail was refused and the man was remanded in custody to appear in court again in January.

The man said nothing during his court appearance, which lasted about 10 minutes.

Topics:  court, sex offender, slade point



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