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A MAN who showed a 12-year-old girl two pornographic films has been jailed.

But it took a marathon eight-and-a-half hours of deliberation by the Bundaberg District Court jury before he was convicted, and even then it was not a unanimous verdict.

After the jury had considered its verdict all of Wednesday afternoon and well into yesterday morning, Judge Michael Rackemann called it into court and asked whether jurors were making progress and if they were likely to reach a verdict.

The jury later sent the judge a note saying a verdict would be made soon.

The members of the jury later sent the judge a note asking if a majority verdict was acceptable.

He told them a majority verdict would have to be 11 votes to one.

When the jury members came back into court they told the judge they had reached a majority verdict of guilty of one count of indecent treatment of a child under 16.

During the trial evidence was given that the accused man, a 50-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons, had shown the girl the movies in his bedroom.

Crown prosecutor Katrina Overell said the man had criminal offences in Queensland and New South Wales.

However, there were no offences against children on his record.

She said one of the factors in the case was the disparity of the ages between the man and his victim.

"The gravity of the offences lies in him corrupting her innocence," she said.

Ms Overell handed in a letter from the girl's mother describing the emotional impact of the crime on the child.

The woman said the family had had to move, which had financial implications for them.

Ms Overell told the judge the defendant had shown no indication of remorse.

Defence lawyer Andrew Hoare told the judge the man had not touched the child, and there was evidence he was very drunk.

Judge Rackemann told the man the girl was his neighbour, and he was obviously in some position of trust.

He said the pornographic films he showed the girl were very explicit.

He sentenced him to nine months in jail.



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