Man may be deported after guilty plea to child sex charges

A TONGAN national will probably be deported from Australia after pleading guilty to child sex charges.

He was charged by police on July 8 for indecent treatment of a child under 16 and four counts of carnal knowledge.

The 21-year-old appeared in the Maryborough District Court on Thursday.

Prosecutor David Nardone told the court the acts happened in Mundubbera between August 2012 and May of this year.

The man had spent about four months in custody, since his arrest in July.

The court heard the sexual acts were consensual and the man had admitted to police he felt guilty and acknowledged what he was doing was wrong.

Kate McMahon, for the defendant, said her client was working in Australia on a work visa and Police had taken his passport when he was arrested.

"Once he's sentenced, it's very likely he will be deported back to Tonga," she said.

She said the complainant was pursuing her client and told the court he was engaged to another woman, who appeared in court in support of him.

Judge Fleur Kingham told the man the law not only exists to protect children, but to protect them from themselves.

"You knew it was wrong, you were frank with the police ... I accept that you now feel remorse," she said to the man before sentencing him.

She said his unusual level of co-operation also demonstrated his remorse.

She told the man if he stayed or returned to Australia he would be subject to child offender laws.

He was sentenced to six months jail, minus the 123 days he had already served.

His remaining sentence was suspended and he was told he was free to leave the dock.


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