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Brett Richard Ritchie
Man groomed girl, 14, for intercourse
Andrew Korner | 19th 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 offences that are sexual two girls aged 14 and 13 at Redbank Plains.
Ipswich District Court heard Ritchie, who was simply recognized to both his victims, had invested months grooming the 14-year-old for intercourse.
Prosecutor Stephan McMurray stated Ritchie had constantly expected the lady to own intercourse with him, additionally suggesting she write him “dirty” letters.
Ritchie finally had intercourse that is sexual your ex at a sleepover celebration on September 10, 2000.
Early in the day into the exact same year, Ritchie molested the 13-year-old woman on two occasions.
The court ended up being told Ritchie had fled in 2001, however now pleaded guilty to a fee of carnal knowledge having kid under 16 as well as 2 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”, free from the drug and liquor addiction that when ruled their life.
At one phase, defence counsel reported, Ritchie had an $800 each day medication practice involving cannabis, methylamphetamine and cocaine.
Ritchie could maybe perhaps not remember committing the offences contrary to the two girls that are young Mr Seaholme stated.
In 2002 he quit medications and became a Christian, eventually gaining qualifications being a counsellor to people who were dependent on alcohol and drugs. (more…)