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Partner reports sex offender

A MAN who took indecent photos and films of his 13-year-old relative was caught out when his partner discovered the images on his phone and went to police.

The 33-year-old man's long term de facto partner found one image of the young girl, the woman's cousin, and took the phone to police.

Despite the man deleting the photos officers were able to access the history of the phone, where they found three videos and two still images of the girl.

Ipswich District Court was told the man took the photos of the girl when she was asleep wearing her boxer shorts. The man would focus on the girl's genitals and buttocks region.

The court was told the girl was not physically touched during the filming.

Judge Gregory Koppenol said any offence relating to child exploitation material was serious.

"Your actions were bizarre, peculiar and worrying," Judge Koppenol told the man.

"I am satisfied what you did was for your own sexual urges.

"It is difficult to think of any other explanations for your behaviour.

"It was a gross breach of trust ... and (it was) repeated."

The court was told the offending happened on four occasions between January 20 and April 25 last year at Redbank Plains.

The videos ranged in length between one minute and 24 seconds and three minutes and four seconds.

The man and his de facto, who have two children together, had been together for 12 years and the man knew the young girl for more than a decade.

The court was told the couple's relationship was struggling at the time of the offending and they split shortly after the woman found the images.

The man yesterday pleaded guilty to four counts of making child exploitation material and one count of possessing child exploitation material.

Judge Koppenol sentenced the man to 12 months prison, wholly suspended for three years and ordered him to serve two years probation.



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