Public servant ‘abused child’s friend’

A senior public servant allegedly plied a young girl with alcohol and photographed her naked before sexually abusing her, a Northern Territory court has heard.

The 12-year-old, who is a friend of the man’s daughter, is one of several young girls who feature in child pornography seized from the man’s Darwin home on November 23.

The Australia Federal Police charged him with two counts of using a child for the production of child abuse material after officers raided the house and found the pornography stored on a laptop and USB memory sticks.

The man, who has been suspended without pay from his job in an organisation that works with teenagers, faced fresh charges last week after forensic examinations of the images revealed there were seven child victims.

NT police charged the man with two counts of sexual intercourse and gross indecency of a child under 16, alleged to have occurred between October and November last year.

Prosecutor Ivan Marinov told the court on Friday, that the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, gave the 12-year-old, who was sleeping with his daughter at his home, four glasses of red wine and then took photos of her on a digital camera.

“He induced her to undress, exposing her breasts. He has kissed her on the breasts and he has rubbed his fingers on the outside of her vagina,” he said.

“He has also placed his fingers in her vagina on an earlier occasion.”

Mr Marinov said the investigation was ongoing and that the man’s daughter had told police a number of friends had stayed the night at her father’s place.

“There are a number of images of a number of girls, most of them have not been identified yet,” he said.

“There is a possibility of the investigation uncovering further identities of the children in relation to this matter.”

Refusing him bail on Monday in Darwin Magistrate’s Court, Magistrate Melanie Little said the man was a flight risk.

“The strength of the prosecution case appears to me to be at the highest end,” she said.

“These new offences are serious and the severity of the probable penalty is so high that … there is a high probability the defendant will not appear in court.”

Ms Little said the man’s daughter – who he has custody of every second weekend – had expressed concern should her father be bailed.

“She is an important part of the case against her father,” she said.

“She’ll be called to give corroborating evidence as to the circumstances of her friend being accessed by the defendant. She is 12 years old and vulnerable to any approaches…

“Given the deliberate and calculated allegations of offending the court cannot be satisfied that the defendant will not seek to interfere with witnesses in this case.”

The man will appear before the court again on December 6.

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