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Brett Richard Ritchie

Man groomed girl, 14, for intercourse

Andrew Korner | nineteenth Might 2009

A SEX offender’s transformation to Christianity has helped spare him from a prison phrase for the punishment of two Ipswich girls.

Brett Richard Ritchie, 40, committed intimate offences against 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 said Ritchie had constantly asked your ex to possess intercourse with him, additionally suggesting she write him “dirty” letters.

Ritchie finally had intercourse that is sexual the lady at a sleepover celebration on September 10, 2000.

Earlier in the day within the year that is same Ritchie molested the 13-year-old girl on two occasions.

The court ended up being told Ritchie had fled in 2001, nevertheless now pleaded bad up to a fee of carnal knowledge having a young son or daughter under 16 as well as 2 counts of indecent remedy for a young child 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 man” that is“changed free from the medication and liquor addiction that when ruled their life.

At one phase, defence counsel reported, Ritchie had an $800 just about every day medication practice involving cannabis, methylamphetamine and cocaine.

Ritchie could perhaps maybe perhaps not keep in mind committing the offences from the two girls that are young Mr Seaholme stated.

In 2002 he threw in the towel medications and became a Christian, eventually gaining skills as being a counsellor to people who had been hooked on alcohol and drugs. Continue reading