A paedophile who raped a child in the back of his ute and sent her more than 2,500 texts within three months told police the victim was ‘clingy’ and wanted sex.
Craig Beck admitted to grooming the 13-year-old schoolgirl in the Gippsland region, north of Melbourne, after getting her phone number in August last year.
On Monday, the County Court heard the 36-year-old sent the girl a series of lewd messages asking her what type of bra and underwear she was wearing.
Beck, who was employed as a cook and electrician before a medical issue forced him to stop working, also asked if they could date on two occasions – requests she ‘ignored and deflected’, the Herald Sun reported.
When the victim told him not to sent messages to her phone in case her mother saw, the sex offender appeared at the girl’s school and handed her a phone.
Later, Beck saw the girl walking down the street and asked if she wanted to go for a drive.
He took her to a logging plantation where the girl started taking photos of the scenery.
Beck took the phone and said he ‘hadn’t brought her there for the view’ and that he ‘needed and wanted her’.
The court heard he said, ‘don’t give me that look … I know you want it,’ before he forced her into the ute tray and raped her.
He continued to contact the victim after the attack, often arriving at her school during breaks to molest her.
On another occasion, he returned to the lookout with the girl and asked if they could have sex ‘again’.
Phone records showed Beck contacted his victim 2,567 times between August 1 and November 12 and sent her sexual images.
The offender downplayed his behaviour, telling police the girl was ‘clingy’ and would call him incessantly if he didn’t reply to her messages.
He also claimed the teenager planned the initial sexual encounter two weeks before the act because she wanted her first time to be with someone she knew.
Beck said he voiced concerns to the victim about whether they should continue having intercourse, but the victim ‘kept on pursuing’ him and told him it would be their ‘little secret’.
He pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a child and using a carriage service to transit indecent communication, and will be sentenced at a later date.
He will be a registered sex offender for life.