Police find alleged child molester growing pot in Toowoomba

POLICE tracked down a man wanted for child molestation charges in Central Queensland to a Toowoomba home where he was allegedly producing marijuana with his brother.

The man, 45, told Brisbane Supreme Court on Thursday that he was living in Toowoomba reporting regularly to parole officers when an 11-year-old Rockhampton girl claimed he touched her, so it could not be true.

"I haven't committed the offences, they'll be strongly disputed," he said from the prisoner's dock where he stood dressed in a blue and white flannel shirt tucked into black tracksuit pants with a double white stripe.

"I have the right to be presumed innocent. I'm not guilty."

The man is charged with two counts of indecently treating the girl but she has alleged it happened 20 or 30 times in total.

He sought to return to his brother's place at Goombungee if granted bail and offered up a $15,000 surety from his brother.

But Justice Peter Flanagan said the brother also was charged with drug production which prohibited him from offering a surety.

He said he had "no confidence" in the man not reoffending on bail and that his history of intimidatory and stalking behaviour made him an unacceptable risk of interfering with witnesses.

Justice Flanagan said the risk was too high that he would obstruct the course of justice and that the safety and welfare of witnesses was in danger.

The court heard the man had previously pleaded guilty to sending naked pictures of his former partner to her family, sending numerous threatening messages, including threats to kill, and sending a home-made bomb device to her house.

On one occasion, the man sent more than 150 text messages sent over 17 days as soon as he was released from prison.


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