Craig Reginald Andrews, who appeared in court on sex charges, tricked two young girls into meeting with him for sex.
Craig Reginald Andrews, who appeared in court on sex charges, tricked two young girls into meeting with him for sex.

Child sex monster jailed for shocking crimes

A 49-YEAR-OLD man dubbed Toowoomba's worst child sex predator has been jailed for 14 years.

Craig Reginald Andrews had used a number of Facebook aliases to groom 15 children - two of whom he had ultimately raped.

He invented identities in the names of Tanika Smart, Mark Smith, Tim Addam and Jody Green to garner trust from impressionable children aged between 11 and 16 and tricked them into exchanging sexual photographs with him, Toowoomba District Court heard.

He had used the identity Tim Addam to groom a 12-year-old girl who initially thought she was in a genuine online relationship with Tim Addam.

Andrews had manipulated the girl to eventually meet with him to have sex at the behest of "Tim" who had threatened to kill himself if the 12-year-old didn't sleep with Andrews.

When the girl eventually broke off the relationship, Andrews told her Tim had, in fact, committed suicide prompting her to attempt to take her own life through guilt.

The girl later told police Andrews had raped her more than 100 times during the relationship which lasted for more than one year.

The girl's parents had known Andrews and they had trusted their daughter with him.

Andrews had photographed and videoed the girl in sexual acts and police were able to identify his hands in those images, the court heard.

The predator had also gained the trust of a vulnerable 15-year-old girl who had left home after arguing with her family.

She had resisted Andrews' approaches for sex so he had supplied her with alcohol and sleeping tablets so he could have his way with her, Crown prosecutor David Jones told the court.

A third under age girl had also come under Andrews' online spell and would have been subjected to his sexual depravity too had it not been for the intervention of her father.

After suspecting the man she had been conversing with via Facebook was older than he was saying, the girl's father took her to police just before she was to meet with Andrews under the guise of one of his aliases.

Through victim impact statements handed to the court, one of the girls told of how she had become suicidal after the sexual abuse at the hands of Andrews while another had turned to alcohol and was now terrified of men to the point it had affected her work.

The Chronicle has chosen not to particularise the more disturbing aspects of Andrews' offending which could only be described as reaching the depths of sexual depravity.

He pleaded guilty to 70 offences including multiple counts of rape, indecent treatment of children, maintaining a sexual relationship with an under age girl, and making, distributing and possessing child exploitation material.

Judge Richard Jones said Andrews had resorted to emotional blackmail to trick his victims into engaging in sexual acts with him and he had shown little remorse for his actions.

"There is no evidence of contrition, sympathy or remorse," he said of Andrews who sat quietly in the court dock as Judge Jones pronounced sentence on him.

Judge Jones said a term of 18 years' jail was within range but he had to take into account Andrews' pleas of guilty which had saved his victims from having to give evidence in court and the State the expense of a lengthy trial.

He sentenced Andrews to 14 years in jail and declared two of the more serious charges as "serious violent offences", meaning Andrews will have to serve at least 80% of the term before he is eligible to apply for release from prison on parole.