Mackay man accused of raping girl, 14

A MACKAY man has been charged with the rape of a 14-year-old girl and being in possession of child exploitation material.

The 23-year-old man, who cannot be named, appeared in custody before Mackay Magistrates Court charged with one count of rape in Mackay on October 31, and one count of using the internet to solicit child pornography material.

Police allege the man used the internet to contact a person under 16 and encouraged that young person to engage in sexual activity with him.

Duty lawyer Charlotte Paterson made a successful bail application before magistrate Ross Risson when she sought conditional bail on behalf of her client.

Ms Paterson said the young man had no previous history of offending and there was no risk of him interfering with any witnesses.

She said he was prepared to avoid computer or internet use and comply with any court ordered reporting conditions to police.

Police prosecutor Senior Sergeant Matt Saunders said it seemed to be that "a specific person had been groomed" in the alleged offence.

Magistrate Risson said the charges were serious and the strength of evidence against the man appeared to be quite strong.

But he noted the man also had a stable environment and employment.

Mr Risson granted him conditional bail, saying the alleged offence seemed to be specific in circumstances with no history of offending.

The bail conditions included regular reporting to police and the accused man must have no contact with the young complainant or her family.

The acccused was also ordered not to access the internet by any means including mobile phone, computer and tablet.

Snr Sgt Saunders questioned the man whether his job required any communications by using the internet, but the man said it did not.

He briefly explained what communication method was used as part of his daily work activity.

The case was adjourned to next month.

Topics:  children court crime

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