School vaccination led police to girl's rapist

AN IPSWICH girl finally revealed she had been raped when students at her school were receiving the vaccination for cervical cancer.

Students had been told the Gardasil jab had to be given before they experienced sexual activity.

The victim then confided in a teacher that her cousin had raped her four years previously.

The case came to light in Ipswich District Court, where the 18-year-old man, who cannot be named, pleaded guilty to five counts of indecent treatment of a child under 12 and three counts of rape.

Crown Prosecutor Clayton Wallis said the defendant was close friends with his cousin and his family regularly visited her family in Burleigh Heads and Redbank when the abuse took place.

The girl, now aged 12, told a teacher about the offences in October last year when students were being given the Gardasil vaccination at school.

Defence barrister Steve Kissick said the girl was told the vaccine had to be given before sexual activity and she told her teacher about the offences because she was concerned about cervical cancer.

Mr Wallis said the boy admitted the offences when police questioned him.

But Mr Wallis argued the boy, aged 14 and 15 at the time of the offences, had exposed himself to a jail term.

“Given the age of the complainant it does call for a significant penalty and actual imprisonment,” he said.

Mr Kissick said the boy had been bullied at school and was a loner but he had great prospects for rehabilitation.

Judge Sarah Bradley adjourned sentencing on Friday to give the prosecution time to get a victim impact statement.

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