Role play part of 'dreadful' crime by sex offender, aged 25
IN A SICK role playing game, John Thomas Coe pretended to be a 14-year-old girl's uncle as the pair exchanged explicit content over the website Tumblr.
This was after Coe had already been charged with indecent treatment of a child for inappropriately touching a four-year-old girl.
Coe, now aged 25, held his head in his hands in shame as his disturbing crimes were heard in Maryborough District Court.
Prior to touching the toddler on September 4 last year, he had no criminal history.
Coe pleaded guilty in court to indecent treatment of a child, using a carriage service to access child pornography, possessing child pornography, and breaching bail.
The court heard Coe had touched the toddler near her genitals with his finger.
The young girl later complained to her parents about the incident, telling them it "hurt".
Coe's partner at the time, who had seen the inappropriate contact, told Coe it had been a "naughty" thing for him to do.
One of his bail conditions after being charged with indecent treatment of a child was to not have contact with children.
He breached this by talking to the teenager through the social media website.
Police also discovered that Coe had accessed 3603 child pornography files.
Judge David Reid described the man's offending as "dreadful".
"Every photo you saw involves a child somewhere having what you saw done to them," Judge Reid said.
"It's appalling to think that happens.
"If you look at images, you're assisting that industry to survive."
Defence barrister Paul Rutledge said Coe has recognised he needed help, and was in the process of rehabilitating.
Coe was taken into custody on March 1, where he has remained since.
The Maryborough man was sentenced to 15 months in jail, to be released on parole on October 31.
He will then face three years of probation.