News

Former pastor found guilty of five sex offences

A FORMER pastor, who fled the law for seven years, has been found guilty of maintaining a sexual relationship with his daughter's 12-year-old best friend and indecent treatment of children.

An Ipswich jury found the 51-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victims, guilty of maintaining an unlawful sexual relationship with a child, and four counts of indecently treating a child under 16 in care.

In 2005 the man, after an affair with the girl's mother ended, began abusing the then 12-year-old girl. He bought his daughter and the girl sex toys and lingerie which he forced them to wear around the house.

He would show the girl and his daughter pornography, and sexually abused the girl over a period of months.

Crown prosecutor Sal Vasta described the man as having a "guilty passion" for the girl. The man had admitted to police to touching the girl's genitals while he was conducting the affair with her mother.

After the girls told their school counsellor about the abuse in 2005, he was arrested and charged with multiple offences.

However, as the matter was set to be sent to the District Court, the man disappeared. Despite an interstate manhunt for him, police failed to locate him for seven-and-a-half years.

He was finally found in a small town outside Alice Springs. He was arrested and extradited back to Queensland.

The man was found guilty of five of the 13 charges he was facing. He was found not guilty of six counts of rape, and one count of maintaining a sexual relationship with his daughter. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on one count of rape.

He pleaded guilty before the trial to two further charges of indecently treating a child under 12 in care.

He will be sentenced on May 29. He was remanded in custody until that date.

Topics:  indecent treatment of a child ipswich magistrates court maintaining unlawful sexual relationship



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

Schoolyard friendship inspired pet project

LET'S DANCE: Sunhaus is this week's featured band in our Emerge series.

Sunhaus on The Beach Boys, their debut EP and songwriting

Man's offending a 'mixed bag of lollies': Magistrate

ECLECTIC OFFENDER: Mathew James Lambourne.

Man broke the law 36 times in less than a year

Local Partners

Nominations now open for next Member for Lockyer

Following Ian Rickuss' announcement that he will not be contesting the next state election, the LNP is today opening nominations for the seat of Lockyer.


Your guide to a great night out in Ipswich

The best live music gigs in the city and surrounds

Proud local to headline Carols by Candlelight

Troy Cassar-Daley is back home in the Clarence Valley to perform and promote his book and album 'Things I Carry Around' this weekend.

Troy Cassar-Daley to headline Mayor's Carols By Candlelight

CHRISTMAS SHUT DOWNS: Art Gallery's holiday hiatus

Explore the tunnels and slides made entirely from 56,000 metres of packing tape designed and created by artist Eric Lennartson direct from the US!

Council advises of Christmas-New Year shut downs for CBD attractions

Your guide to a great night out in Ipswich

The best live music gigs in the city and surrounds

Schoolyard friendship inspired pet project

LET'S DANCE: Sunhaus is this week's featured band in our Emerge series.

Sunhaus on The Beach Boys, their debut EP and songwriting

Brad Pitt bids to keep custody battle private

Brad Pitt will go to court to keep his custody battle private

Sia has split from her husband

Sia has split from her husband Erik Anders Lang.

Amy Schumer thanks Barbie trolls for hateful comments

Amy Schumer is in the lead role for the new Barbie movie

Proud local to headline Carols by Candlelight

Troy Cassar-Daley is back home in the Clarence Valley to perform and promote his book and album 'Things I Carry Around' this weekend.

Troy Cassar-Daley to headline Mayor's Carols By Candlelight

Ipswich City Properties asset portfolio retains its value

Ipswich City Council Administration Building, South Street, Ipswich. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

New website launched by Ipswich City Council

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

REVEALED: Timeline for CBD redevelopment

The new redevelopment of the CBD will take place in stages.

Lindsay gives the good oil on when the work will begin

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

PHOTOS: World class CBD to lift Ipswich

An artist's impressions of the future Ipswich city mall.

Grand plans to transform city heart unveiled today

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!