Gordon Lloyd Adams pleaded guilty to multiple sex offences against children.
Gordon Lloyd Adams pleaded guilty to multiple sex offences against children. Tanya Easterby

Award-winning citizen is a child sex offender

A SEX offender and former Gympie Senior Citizen of the Year has pleaded guilty to child rape and indecent treatment.

On the morning his trial was due to start, Gordon Lloyd Adams pleaded guilty to all six charges he faced.

Brisbane District Court heard the offences happened in the 1980s.

Defence barrister Damian Walsh said Adams had a "complex range of disabilities including a liver problem" and should stay on bail.

Mr Walsh said Adams, who is in his mid-60s, had had three strokes as well, and cirrhosis blamed on medications for other health conditions.

The defence counsel also said Adams had complied with bail conditions.

He said Adams faced a "life-threatening" condition and had a biopsy due in 30 days.

But Judge William Everson said there was no evidence provided about any health problems.

"I'm going to need a little more than that. He's just pleaded to guilty to very serious offences, including rape."

And the court heard Adams had previous convictions, including at Armidale in NSW, for carnal knowledge of a child.

Adams also had convictions for property and dishonesty offences.

Judge Everson refused bail, so Adams went into custody.

A sentencing date was not confirmed but Adams's bail situation will be reviewed on May 21.

NewsRegional previously reported that Adams was a father of 11 recognised for his work with the region's aged community.

In 2010, Adams was the Salvation Army Family Store manager in Gympie.

Gympie Regional Council recognised him as male senior citizen of the year in 2013.

At that time, Adams was also Committee on the Aging president. -NewsRegional