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CHARGES more than a decade old caught up with a man in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday as he was sentenced for crimes committed as far back as 2002.

Trevor Paul Rutch, 42, pleaded guilty to six charges that occurred when he was 28-years-old and living in Brisbane.

The court heard they never finalised as Rutch had been living in Victoria and was unaware of his outstanding charges.

Rutch was charged with unlicensed driving in December 2002 and again in January 2003.

In November 2002, Rutch racked up four charges in one incident that occurred in New Farm.

The defendant solicited an under cover police woman who was working with the prostitution unit, offering her $15 for sex.

When apprehended by police he refused to tell them his address and wouldn't move on when directed.

A police officer grabbed his arm and he began to thrash, breaking the officer's grip.

Rutch's defence lawyer told the court her client had no recollection of the night.

Magistrate Michael O'Driscoll handed down a collective $1200 fine for the incidents in New Farm, a $1000 fine and two year driving disqualification for unlicensed driving in 2003 and a $1300 fine and two year disqualification for unlicensed driving in 2002.

Convictions were recorded.

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