Man fined for lewd act in public

A FORMER church missionary worker spent more than 30 hours behind bars after becoming aroused while watching movies on a boat on the New Year's weekend.

A Rockhampton court heard yesterday the 22-year-old man was caught in a compromised position after he'd sought out what he thought was a secretive location to relieve himself at Gladstone Harbour.

Gabriel Lucian Orr, 22, pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court to committing an indecent act in a place where the public are permitted to access.

The court heard police caught him in the grips of a sex act at a laundromat in the Gladstone Marina shortly after 1am on Sunday.

He spent the next 30-plus hours in custody until his court appearance, via telephone, in Rockhampton yesterday.

The laundromat is located next to the water police station and an officer on foot patrol had spotted Orr with his back to the door and viewing a video on a laptop.

The court heard Orr was startled when police disturbed him and stopped straight away.

Duty lawyer Lance Rundle said Orr was visiting the region with family having moved to Australia three months ago.

He currently lives in Tuncurry, NSW, where he is studying aged care.

Mr Rundle said Orr had spent three to four years undertaking missionary work with the Seventh Day Adventist Church in the Solomon Islands and Samoa.

He said Orr had completed his schooling in Ohio, USA.

Magistrate Annette Hennessy fined Orr $600.

No conviction was recorded.



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