Shock Snapchat sex game ends in under-age intercourse

SNAPCHAT truth or dare turned criminal when two men took turns having sex with an under-age girl on a sports field.

This morning Brodie Thomas England, 21, pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton District Court to two counts of carnal knowledge of a child under 16.

His co-accused, Sterling Kenneth Ritter, 23, pleaded guilty to one count of carnal knowledge of a child under 16.

The men were 20 and 22 years old, respectively, at the time of the offences.

Crown prosecutor Tiffany Lawrence told the court the complainant began talking to England on Facebook.

Eventually they arranged to meet in person.

In March last year England picked the girl up from her home early in the morning and drove her to a nearby field where they had unprotected sex in his car.

England then dropped the girl home and the pair continued contact on Facebook.

Ms Lawrence further told the court in May last year, the complainant and her friend where at one address while the two defendants were at another address playing truth or dare using Snapchat.

The complainant was dared to take nude photos and videos of herself masturbating, which she complied with.

Both men participated in the game as well and sent the girls videos of them performing sexual acts.

It was eventually decided the defendants and the complainant would have a threesome, so they picked her up from her home and took her back to the sports field.

Ritter had sex with the girl near the club house while England waited in the car.

England then returned to have sex with the girl, but was disturbed by the mosquitoes so the trio returned to Ritter's Gracemere home.

After England and the complainant had unprotected sex in a bedroom, the girl was dropped back to her street.

Police were notified to the incident after the girl's parents realised she was missing during the night.

She then made admissions to police about the offences during an interview.

England's defence barrister Tom Polley told the court his client's parents had said their son was immature in many ways and had always been slow in reaching milestones.

Mr Polley said while this didn't excuse England's actions, the complainant was a "very willing party" and seemed to be "very experienced in these endeavours", as during her police interview she joked to officers she could be pregnant to two other males.

Ritter's defence barrister, Ross Lo Monaco argued his client never perused a sexual relationship with the complainant, but was only aware of her because of England's involvement with her.

Mr Lo Monaco also told the court the pair were still good friends and there was no "bad-blood" between them.

Both men claimed they believed the girl was older than she was.

In his summary, Judge Michael Burnett said although the offending didn't represent a breach of trust, the girl was "young and clearly quite vulnerable".

England was given a nine month suspended prison sentence, with an operational period of 12 months for the first incident and a 12 month suspended prison sentence, with an operational period of 18 months for the second.

Ritter was sentenced to a nine month suspended prison sentence with an operational period of 12 months.



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