'Carnie' jailed for child sex

A DRUNK carnival worker was out to “get laid” when he slept with a girl, 12, after meeting her at the Bundaberg Show.

The one night of sex led to the young girl falling pregnant.

A court was told she unsuccessfully tried to have two abortions before the foetus was surgically removed.

The man, 20, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty in the District Court at Rockhampton on Wednesday to carnal knowledge of a child under 16.

The court heard the man was working on the show circuit as a ride attendant in 2008, the year the offence took place.

The offender knew the girl's mother, who was also travelling around Queensland with the show.

He met the girl at the Bundaberg Show and they spent time together when it moved to Rockhampton in June, before having sex in the back of his caravan.

Prosecutor Joshua Phillips said the man thought the girl was as young as 13 and he initially lied to police about the incident before owning up during a second interview.

“There was no love between the two. It was throw-away sex. He told police his sole aim was to get laid,” Mr Phillips said.

The court heard that after the incident the girl did not tell anyone about what had happened until she became sick and a blood test revealed she was pregnant.

Defence barrister Maree Willey said the man did not force the girl to have sex.

“There were no threats, force or intimidation (to the girl). It was an isolated incident he regrets greatly,” Ms Willey said.

She said the man had an “unfortunate” upbringing.

She said he was physically abused by his father and step-father and, at age 13, he started smoking cannabis and drinking alcohol.

Judge Nicholas Samios said the fact that the child fell pregnant was a significant factor in the case, not only due to the physical and mental effects on the girl, but the implications for her father, to whom she no longer speaks.

Judge Samios sentenced the man to two years in prison, to be suspended after six months.

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