Stoned teen sent photo of penis to girl, 12
A PRANK while stoned on cannabis backfired in a big way when a teenager's undisclosed mobile phone number was tracked by police after the girl's irate father complained.
"You should keep your private parts to yourself," Judge Stuart Durward scolded the 18-year-old Sarina man in the District Court in Mackay after he admitted to texting a photo of his penis to the mobile phone of a 12-year-old girl, who was a friend of his sister.
"Do this again and you will go straight to jail," Judge Durward warned, after the man (who can't be named for legal reasons) pleaded guilty to indecent treatment of a child under 16 on December 10 last year, when he was aged 17.
Emily Coley, for Director of Public Prosecutions, said the teenager had used his sister's mobile phone (with its number not disclosed) to text the girl a message, "You're hot".
When the girl texted back, "What is your name?" he had sent the photo of his penis with the word "Shhssh".
The girl, in a victim impact statement to the court, said the event affected her friendship with the offender's sister because he lived at the house.
Defence barrister Scott McLennan said his client did not seek out contact with the girl because the contact details were still in his sister's old phone, which he was using.
"On the night, he had been drinking and unfortunately was stoned on cannabis." Mr McLennan said.
"He characterises it as a prank and had no sexual interest in her."
Mr McLennan said it was an act of foolishness and stupidity because the teenager had not thought through what he was doing.
He said the appropriate sentence for the offence was probation and an unpaid community service work order.
Judge Durward made it clear the court was disgusted by the offence and said his appearance before the court was an example of what happened to many people who took alcohol or drugs, which stopped them making sensible decisions.
"You should look seriously at your drinking and stop taking drugs," he said.
"Your conduct was deplorable. Sending photos of genitalia now seems more common than decent society expects."
Judge Durward sentenced the offender to a supervised probation order of nine months and ordered him to complete 40 hours of unpaid community service work.