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Child's stalker struck at shelter

Ipswich Magistrates Court
Ipswich Magistrates Court Rob Williams

AN IPSWICH pedophile stalked a 15-year-old girl for months after becoming obsessed with her at a flood recovery centre.

Gordon Anthony Allwood, 42, first saw the girl in Gatton last January when she went to offer assistance to flood victims with her father.

The girl and her dad left their contact details with relief staff, which Allwood accessed without permission.

Ipswich District Court was told Allwood started texting and following the girl, sending her lewd messages.

From January 12 until May 14, Allwood followed the girl to her workplace and watched her when she was out.

He requested naked photos of the girl and offered to send naked photos of himself.

Crown prosecutor Sarah Maleckas said the girl and her family were scared, distressed and uncomfortable with Allwood's "grooming" behaviour.

"He persisted in (his) unwanted conduct which scared her and her family over a four-month period," Ms Maleckas said.

Allwood told the girl he had an 18-year-old friend named David and pretended to be him in some of the texts. A reportable sex offender, Allwood has almost identical offences in his criminal history, including convictions for aggravated sexual assault and indecent treatment of boys.

In March 2009 Allwood was convicted of pretending to be a 14-year-old boy when texting the 13-year-old daughter of a friend.

He sent her photos of himself naked and asked her to send photos of herself naked.

The court heard Allwood was serving a suspended prison sentence at the time of stalking the girl, so had spent the past 320 days in custody. Ms Maleckas called for two years prison as punishment, on top of the 18 months he was already serving.

Allwood pleaded guilty on Thursday to unlawful stalking.

The sentence, before Judge Deborah Richards, was adjourned until May 11 so the defence could obtain a psychiatric report.

Topics:  flood shelter, paedophile, stalker


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