A 42-year-old man has been given a suspended sentence for “bribing” two children with methamphetamine in order to make them perform sexual acts.
Tristen Michael Black faced the Brisbane Supreme Court on Wednesday after pleading guilty to 29 charges including using the internet to procure a child under 16, aggravated supply of a dangerous drug to a minor and illegal carnal relations.
The court heard Black, from Little Mountain on the Sunshine Coast, contacting two 14-year-old girls via social media app Snapchat and offering them methamphetamine.
Black met one of the girls in a hotel room and had sex with her twice, including once after he injected methamphetamine into her arm.
Black also attended the girls’ school to supply her with drugs and touched her genitals when he did.
The other girl was given drugs six times, with Black continually trying to have sex with her.
Black committed the offenses between December 24, 2020 and June 13 last year, when the mother of one of the girls found a video of him and reported the matter to the police.
Police visited Black’s hotel room and then executed a search warrant, finding quantities of drugs each time.
Black admitted to police that he supplied drugs to the girls and had an affair with one of them, but said he believed they were both 17 years old.
The Crown prosecutor said Black had a minor criminal record, but as a 40-year-old man he had “exploited the vulnerability” of teenage girls for his own sexual gratification.
“This is an offense committed against two 14-year-old girls who were obviously dependent on a dangerous drug,” the Crown prosecutor said.
Defense lawyer Simone Bain said Black was ashamed and at the time of the offense he was ‘in the grip of addiction and a middle-aged man at a low point in his life “.
“He noted that he caused pain and embarrassment to the victims and their families,” Ms Bain said.
Judge David Jackson said Black engaged with the girls for the purpose of “swapping meth for sex if you could.”
Judge Jackson said if Black had thought the girls were 17, he wouldn’t have thought so for long.
“You have a minor criminal history since the age of 39 that coincided with a descent into drug use around the breakup with your family and your job,” Judge Jackson said.
“You were on bail during some of the…sex offenses with children under 16. Your behavior was corrupt.”
Judge Jackson said there may be a contradiction in a psychologist’s conclusion that Black did not have a cognitive distortion around sexual activity with children, but also had a distortion that minimized his offending.
Black received a four-year suspended prison sentence effective Wednesday and was immediately released by court order after spending the past 17 months in custody.
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