High-profile media personality is accused of raping a 13-year-old girl and is said to have told her she should be THANKFUL that he ‘taught her how to be a good lover’
- Queensland media presenter is denied bail over a series of rape charges
- The man, who cannot be named, allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl
- Police prosecutors said he used his position of power to hunt the child
A high-profile media host who allegedly used his “position of power” to manipulate a 13-year-old girl has been charged with nine rapes.
The Queensland man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was denied bail Monday at the Maroochydore Magistrates Court, where he also faced seven charges of indecent treatment of a child under 16.
Police will allege that the well-known media personality committed a litany of sexual assaults on the child in 1988, when he was 29 years old.
The Queensland man who cannot be identified for legal reasons was refused bail at Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Monday (pictured)
A high-profile TV host who allegedly used his ‘position of power’ to manipulate a 13-year-old girl has been charged with nine rapes
The court heard that the accused “used his position of power and social status to manipulate the girl who lost her virginity in public school on their first meeting,” the court said. courier post reported.
“As the crime continued, the victim’s innocence was gradually snatched away from her as more sexual acts were done with this defendant,” police prosecutor Brendan Newman said.
“He told her to be grateful as he taught her how to be a good lover and that his position in the community would do her good.”
It was revealed that the alleged crime only ended when the victim was placed under house arrest by her parents for returning home late after a sexual encounter with the defendant.
“The victim informs that the defendant refused to contact her after he was grounded,” Sergeant Newman said.
The defendant’s attorney, Ron Behlau, confirmed that his client would plead innocent and plans to vigorously defend all charges.
The court heard that the accused “used his position of power and social status to manipulate the girl”, who lost her virginity in public school upon their first meeting (stock image)
One of the most important pieces of evidence is a recorded conversation between the suspect and the alleged victim.
The court heard that the accused could be heard on tape to apologize for his actions and said he was only doing it for “fun”.
Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist agreed that police have a “very strong case” and denied the suspect bail.
The man will appear in court again on August 6 for a hearing on the suspicion of a suspicion.