Shepparton man pleads guilty to sex with underage prostitute

This article was published in The Shepparton News on January 24, 2013.

A Shepparton man who pleaded guilty to having sex with an underage girl who was part of a prostitution ring doesn’t want his family to know, a court has heard.

Jan Ali Muqadas, 26, yesterday pleaded guilty in Shepparton County Court to two counts of sexual penetration of a child under 16.

In March last year Muqadas contacted Emran Dad, 22, who was running a ‘‘prostitution racket’’ in the Shepparton area, and asked him if he could find him a girl to have sex with, Crown prosecutor David Cordy told the court.

Mr Dad booked a room for Muqadas and the then-15-year-old girl at a Shepparton hotel, where they had sex before Mr Dad drove them both home.

Muqadas made no attempt to find out the girl’s age, Mr Cordy said. Continue reading Shepparton man pleads guilty to sex with underage prostitute

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Teen prostitution ring operator jailed

This article was published in The Shepparton News on December 22, 2012.

A Shepparton man who ran a teenage prostitution ring using vulnerable girls has been sentenced to three years in jail, but will be eligible for parole in 10 months.

Emran Dad, 22, pleaded guilty last month in Shepparton County Court to two counts of sexual penetration of a child under 16, committing an indecent act with a child under 16, and causing or encouraging a child to participate in sex work.

Girls aged 14, 15 and 17 told police they were part of a prostitution network.

Mr Dad bought cigarettes for a girl, then 13, in exchange for sex in October 2009 after they met at a shop when the girl asked Mr Dad to buy her cigarettes. Continue reading Teen prostitution ring operator jailed

Plenty of Facebook-linked crime work for police, courts

This article was published in The Shepparton News on November 27, 2012.

Shepparton police are investigating up to six cases a week involving sexual crimes and bullying perpetrated through Facebook.

In a Shepparton County Court case where a 19-year-old man pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl, Crown prosecutor Andrew Moore said the word ‘‘Facebook’’ now came out in three-quarters of prosecution cases.

The pair communicated via Facebook and their sexual relationship was discovered because of comments the man wrote on the girl’s page.

Shepparton youth liaison officer Leading Senior Constable Matthew Pattison said cases reported to police included people from all walks of life. But he said young people were the most vulnerable to cyberbullying and to predators using the social medium to find victims. Continue reading Plenty of Facebook-linked crime work for police, courts

Celebrating decade of Koori Court success

This article was published in The Shepparton News on October 26, 2012.

A County Court judge says after working in the Koori Court system he is only just starting to grasp what it means for Indigenous Australians to feel disconnected.

It has been 10 years since Victoria’s first Koori Court opened in Shepparton on October 7, 2002.

At the Annual Koori Court Conference, the judge in charge of the Latrobe Valley County Koori Court, John Smallwood, said the system helped Indigenous offenders feel they were being listened to.

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