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Brett Richard Ritchie

Man groomed girl, 14, for sex

Andrew Korner | nineteenth Might 2009

A SEX offender’s transformation to Christianity has helped spare him from the prison phrase for the punishment of two Ipswich girls.

Brett Richard Ritchie, 40, committed intimate offences against two girls aged 14 and 13 at Redbank Plains.

Ipswich District Court heard Ritchie, who had been recognized to both their victims, had invested months grooming the 14-year-old for intercourse.

Prosecutor Stephan McMurray stated Ritchie had constantly asked your ex to own intercourse with him, additionally suggesting she write him “dirty” letters.

Ritchie finally had sexual activity with your ex at a sleepover celebration on September 10, 2000.

Previously within the exact same 12 months, Ritchie molested the 13-year-old girl on two occasions.

The court ended up being told Ritchie had fled in 2001, however now pleaded accountable to a charge of carnal knowledge with a young kid under 16 and two counts of indecent remedy for a kid under 16.

Mr McMurray asked Judge Greg Koppenol to think about a prison term for the offences.

But defence barrister Geoff Seaholme stated his client – who now lives in Shepparton, Victoria – was a “changed man”, without any the medication and liquor addiction that when ruled his life. (suite…)

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