Girl forced to watch porn in park

A 35-year-old man spotted a girl high on glue in a public park and saw an opportunity to sexually assault the 15-year-old, a court heard yesterday.

The assault has left the girl afraid to be in public places.

Kerry George Green, of Blackall, was sentenced in the Rockhampton District Court to 15 months’ prison yesterday, suspended after four months, after he pleaded guilty to one charge of indecent assault on a child and another charge of exposing a child to an indecent film.

Crown Prosecutor Carly Whelan said on October 19, 2008, Green was walking with his bike on a hill in a public park in North

Rockhampton when he came across a girl sniffing glue.

Ms Whelan said the girl gave Green a false name when asked and he told her his name was “Michael”.

He then sat down beside the girl and started feeling her leg, putting his hands inside her pants and shorts and touching her breasts.

When she pushed him away and told him to stop he decided to roll a cigarette.

But Green persisted with the assault, rubbing her legs and trying to kiss her before the girl stood up.

He then pulled his mobile phone out of his pocket and showed her a pornographic movie, asking whether she liked what the movie involved.

The girl told him she was disgusted and ran down the hill when Green took a call on his phone.

She alerted two members of the public, who called the police.

When Green walked down the hill, he found police waiting for him, and was arrested.

During an interview he tried to minimise what he had done.

Ms Whelan said he had preyed upon a child 17 years younger than him at the time, in a public place.

Defence lawyer Jeff Clarke said his client had bi-polar disorder but a court had declared he was fit to stand trial.

He said Green had a criminal history, including a conviction in the Rockhampton District Court for grievous bodily harm in 2000, but none for sexual offending.

Mr Clarke said he had battled mental illness and the use of illegal drugs for years.

His actions, while opportunistic, were also “bizarre”, given they occurred in a public place and he had taken a phone call after he had abused the girl.

Judge Nicholas Samios said the victim now felt “insecure” in public places.

But his guilty plea had spared her from giving evidence during a trial.

Judge Samios said the suspended sentence was on condition that he did not commit an offence punishable by imprisonment for two years. Otherwise he would be re-sentenced on the remainder of the term.


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