Man preyed on teen girls

A YOUNG man with a mental disorder preyed on teenage girls and persuaded two of them to have sexual relations with him.

The 23-year-old met two girls, one aged 14 and the other 15, on Facebook and began flirting with them on the social networking site.

He asked the first girl, the 14-year-old, to meet him and the pair went for a drive to watch fireworks.

She agreed to let him perform sexual acts on her in his car.

The second girl, who was 15, had a boyfriend, but the man contstantly told her to split up from him.

"I really want to kiss you and do stuff to you," he told the girl.

After several days of messaging each other, they eventually had sex on a beach after the girl split from her boyfriend.

The pair had sex two more times, once in his car and another time in her bedroom.

The man started sending text messages to another 15-year-old girl and tried to convince her to send him explicit photos of herself.

She told him to leave her alone because she did not know who he was.

The court heard the man had the mental disorder Klinefelter's syndrome, which affected, among other things, his impulse control.

The man pleaded guilty in Maroochydore District Court to three counts of carnal knowledge and one count each of indecent treatment of a child and using electronic communication to procure a child.

Judge John Robertson reminded the man his crimes were serious and attracted a maximum penalty of 14 years' imprisonment.

"You have a rare genetic condition that has a lot of very unfortunate side effects," Judge Robertson said. "What you can control ... is your attitude to others, particularly your attitude to young females.

"If you don't ... (if) you go off and do this with some other girl, whether you think she's going along with it or not, if she's underage you'll come back before someone like me and you will go to jail.

"Do you have any idea what jail would be like for you? It wouldn't be good."

The man was sentenced to a 12-month intensive correction order and three years' probation with strict supervision.



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