Elderly man confesses to abusing six boys
A Queensland man has admitted to abusing six boys over 30 years in an eleventh-hour confession made on the morning of his trial.
John David Pike, 73, appeared in Brisbane District Court this morning where he pleaded guilty to abusing the boys at various dates between 1974 and 2006 in the Moreton Bay, Logan, Redlands Coast, Townsville, Cairns, Mackay and Texas regions.
During a lengthy arraignment in the Brisbane District Court, Pike pleaded guilty to a number of charges including one count of rape, 23 counts indecent treatment of boys under 16, two counts of carnal knowledge, one count indecent assault on males and two counts indecent treatment of boys under 14.
Pike was extradited to Queensland from South Australia in March 2018.
He will remain in custody until his sentence next Monday.
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Originally published as Elderly man confesses to abusing six boys