Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

'Bizarre:' Man Turned Self in; Retail Worker, Woman He Met Online, Fantasised about Sex with Her 13yo Daughter

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

'Bizarre:' Man Turned Self in; Retail Worker, Woman He Met Online, Fantasised about Sex with Her 13yo Daughter

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Byline: Luke Mortimer luke.mortimer@dailymercury.com.au

A 38-YEAR-OLD man who spoke about involving the 13-year-old daughter of a woman he'd met online in their sexual escapades inadvertently turned himself in to police.

James John Bourke was seemingly trying to get revenge on the mother after their relationship broke down -- despite his own mobile phone containing proof he had instigated the explicit and illegal messaging over Kik, iPhone messenger and other chat software.

Bourke told police he was concerned about the teenager's welfare, but officers were easily able to find the incriminating messages on his smartphone, and Bourke was subsequently charged.

He faced the District Court in Mackay yesterday, pleading guilty to using a carriage service to transmit child pornography material, in what Judge Paul Smith described as a "very bizarre case".

Crown prosecutor Chris Moore told the court Bourke's offending occurred over a number of months in 2016, after he met the woman while using an online dating service.

"Located on the defendant's mobile telephone were a substantial number of messages of an explicit nature. During the course of a number of conversations over a six-month period, the defendant and this woman spoke about including the woman's 13-year-old daughter in their sexual activities," Mr Moore said.

"From the messages it appears as though the defendant was the one who raised this idea. He spoke in explicit detail about how to introduce the child to their sexual acts, including discussions about giving her alcohol and cannabis.

"He also spoke about showing the child a video of him and her mother engaged in sexual acts, or of having sexual intercourse in front of the child. They spoke in detail about what the defendant wanted to do to the child and have the woman do to the child and have the child do to him. …

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