A supermarket worker who secretly filmed his sexual encounter with a 15-year-old schoolgirl and tried to extort her has avoided jail.
The Gold Coast man, now 24, began a covert relationship with the teenager in March 2017, after they met the previous year.
A few months into dating, the then 21-year-old, threatened to release sexually explicit photos the girl had sent him when she was 14 if she did not do as he said.
Police launched an investigation into the blackmail and discovered secretly filmed videos of the pair having sex on his phone.
Last year, the man was charged with three counts of carnal knowledge of a child and four counts of indecent treatment of a child.
He pleaded guilty in the Southport District Court on Tuesday, the Gold Coast Bulletin reports.
The man was sentenced to two years prison to be wholly suspended and placed on two years probation.
The court heard investigators were the first to tell the girl about the videos, which showed the pair in sexual situations, with the girl wearing her school uniform in some.
‘She had seen his phone but did not know it was being recorded,’ Crown prosecutor Gary Churchill said.
The pair began a relationship in 2016 after first meeting, but it temporarily ceased when her parents found out and told the man to stay away.
‘In March 2017 they commenced an intimate relationship and he told her not to tell anyone,’ Mr Churchill said.
The man was sentenced was to seven months in prison, wholly suspended, in March last year for the extortion.
He was then charged over the videos after the first sentence.