A 63-year-old man charged with 99 child sex offences, including obtaining under-age prostitution, has been granted bail.
Richard Paul Baxter, of the Brisbane riverside suburb of St Lucia, was arrested on Monday afternoon as part of Queensland Police's Operation Juliet Ostrich.
He has been charged with 94 counts of indecent treatment of a child, one count of making child exploitation material and four of obtaining prostitution from a child under 16.
The offences are all alleged to have occurred at Runcorn in Brisbane's southeast between October 2004 and September this year, and involve a single female child who was aged under 16 at that time.
Baxter appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Tuesday morning, where his lawyer Adam Magill made a bail application on his behalf.
Mr Magill told the court his client had lived in Brisbane for 50 years and was not a flight risk.
He would be contesting the charges, he said.
Baxter was granted bail on a number of conditions, including that he have no contact with the alleged victim and her family, that he surrender his passport and that he report to police.
The matter has been scheduled for mention again next month.
25 Oct 2011
Another example of how the law does NOT protect the vulnerable children.
The widely publicised controversial Australian government's sponsored Internet Censorship policy is to apparently protect the vulnerable children of the masses from predators.
Yet when an individual is caught on 99 child sex charges, immediately escapes incarceration with the help of the judges.
There is no guarantee that any alleged sex offender will be incarcerated if ever caught in the Internet Censorship net.