Dad who got son prostitute acquitted

A JURY deliberated for more than six hours yesterday over whether a man who took his young son to a prostitute was guilty of indecent treatment.

The father testified he felt driven to hire the woman to give his son a "sex talk" after the 14-year-old was discovered acting in a "sexual nature" towards his siblings.

Prosecutor Claire Kelsey alleged the man paid $200 for the teen to have sex with the prostitute at a North Rockhampton hotel in late 2007.

The man pleaded not guilty to three counts of indecent treatment, which represented the three sexual encounters the boy allegedly had with the prostitute.

The jury acquitted the man of two charges.

He walked free on the other count because the jury could not reach an agreement and were subsequently discharged.

During his testimony on Tuesday the man broke down, saying his son had "busted up the family".

The man testified the teen was committing sexual acts on his younger brother and had acted sexually towards his mentally impaired sister.

He said his fear his son was gay was not the reason behind his decision to hire the prostitute.

During the man's cross-examination by his barrister, Jordan Ahlstrand, he said his son would not listen to him and said many jury members raising teens would feel the same about their children.

"(I wanted her) to tell him things that I can not seem to get through to him," he said.

"She never even touched my boy."

The prosecution had not decided yesterday afternoon whether they would try the man on the other charge with a new jury.



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