A guard at a children’s court in Australia, was arrested on a charge of sexual penetration of a child under 16 years old after allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl.
Melbourne police said that they have arrested 32-year-old Franco Abad, after being accused of having sex with the girl despite being told by police that she is only 14 years old.
Abad pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual penetration of a child under 16 years old, saying that he believed the girl when she told him that she was 17 years old.
According to the police investigation, Abad met the girl at the Melbourne Children’s Court, during a custody hearing. Abad invited the girl to smoke a cigarette together outside, and they exchanged phone numbers.
Ten days later, Abad picked up the girl, who was under the care of the Department of Health and Human Services, and took her for a ride in his car, where they embraced and kissed.
The next day, he asked her out for dinner and a movie. He then took her home and had sex with her. For the next few weeks, they had sexual encounters.
Eventually, the girl told a welfare officer at her school that she was having sex with an older man. The welfare officer contacted the police, who detained Abad for questioning.
During questioning, police informed Abad that the girl is only 14 years old.
When Abad went home, he told the girl that their relationship had to end, but they went to his room and had sex for the last time.
The girl again told the welfare officer about the sexual encounter, and Abad was arrested.