Rockhampton man found not guilty on child sex offence

A ROCKHAMPTON man is free after a jury yesterday took more than an hour to find him not guilty of having sex with a child under 16.

The man's defence team, Ross LoMonaco and Joanne Madden, successfully argued the man, 26, was not in a sexual relationship with the child, who was 15 at the time in 2010, but is now 18.

The court heard that hundreds of text messages were sent between the two, but none were of a sexual nature.

After the pair broke up, the court heard one text message from the man to the child said: "I hope I didn't wreck your life ... I didn't mean to ... I hope we can still be friends".

The Rockhampton man had pleaded not guilty to four counts of having sex with a child under 16.

Mr LoMonaco told the court his client had not had sex with the girl, despite admitting to being in a relationship with her and being attracted to her.

The court heard the girl's mother had kicked her out of home at the time.

However, Mr LoMonaco said, evidence given by the mother suggested she was worried about her daughter and wanted her to come home.


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