Disturbing: Man facing 36 child sex offence allegations
A COURT has heard some of the disturbing allegations against a 67-year-old man who made an application for bail in Bundaberg today.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is facing 36 charges including indecent treatment of a child under 16 under 12, possessing child exploitation material and distributing child exploitation material.
The man appeared in Bundaberg Magistrates Court by videolink from the Bundaberg Watch House.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Dean Burgess told the court the evidence was unlike anything he'd seen in a long time.
The court heard the man had allegedly kept a diary of "disturbing material" with notes linking to photographs.
Sgt Burgess said the man allegedly paid the children for acts and supplied them alcohol.
The court heard the man lived in a very small community around the corner from one of the victims.
Sgt Burgess told the court the man told police he still had an attraction to children and asked them to pass messages on to a child.
"The risk to the community, the risk of reoffending and the risk to the child, in my view, cannot be mitigated by any bail conditions that you could impose upon him," he said.
Sgt Burgess said there were still investigations ongoing into the matter.
Duty lawyer Lani Olafsson told the court the man was willing to abide by a number of bail conditions to mitigate the possibility of him committing further offences.
Ms Olafsson was instructed the alleged offending stopped in February and that her client had a number of medical issues such as high blood pressure.
She said the man had no previous criminal history.
She said that it would likely be some time before the matters are finalised.
Ms Olafsson said the man was willing to have no contact with children and also willing to wear a GPS tracking device.
She said he was also willing to have no access to internet services with the exception of being able to do online banking.
Magistrate Andrew Moloney took into account the submissions from both the prosecution and Ms Olafsson.
He also took into account the man had no criminal history, the nature and seriousness of the charges and the strength of the case against him.
Mr Moloney found the man was an unacceptable risk of failing to appear, committing offences and endanger the safety and welfare of the victim.
Bail was refused and the man was remanded in custody.
His matters were adjourned to be heard again in October.