Michael Richard Hodges has a "horrendous message receipt history", having been charged many times with similar offences, a Brisbane court has heard. He first admitted about 15 years ago to 26 charges of attempting to procure children and one of indecently treating and was sentenced to jail.
The year-old from Cleveland, southeast of Brisbane, pleaded guilty in the Brisbane Ses Court on Tuesday to having a smart phone, creating an and accessing the internet in contravention of orders. Sec also admitted making the child exploitation material by having a sexualised conversation with a registered sex offender in Victoria. The court heard they exchanged messages over nine days in May engaging in role-playing involving sex between Hodges and the other person pretending to be.
The conversations were fantasy, but should be seen against Hodges' background of convictions and periods of imprisonment, Brisbane District Court Judge Michael Byrne said. The District Court heard in his sentencing Hodges told a police officer - who was pretending online to be a parent - he wanted to meet young children so he could rape them. At one point he approached a mother at a shopping centre and asked if he could molest her year-old daughter.
The mother slapped his face and walked away but Hodges followed the family and touched the girl's backside.
Hodges told police when he was arrested he had been abused as and wanted to abuse others "so they would know his pain". Although Hodges pleaded guilty early in the current proceedings, Judge Byrne said on Tuesday he had a "horrendous criminal history".
Story continues When convicted in July last year for charges involving communicating with the same Victorian sex offender Hodges was given a month intensive correction order. Judge Byrne said Hodges told the earlier sentencing judge the order was better than going to jail.
Hodges was given a head sentence of three years behind bars. He will be eligible for parole after serving 12 months which includes seven months already spent in custody.