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Matthew James McIntyre, 35, has spent nearly two years in jail after seducing the teenager on an instant messaging app.
Australia’s Minister of Child Welfare has revealed that it only discovered a 13-year-old girl in the care of the state who was pregnant with a pedophile more than eight months after the incident.
Labor leader Peter Malinauskas
Labor leader Peter Malinauskas asked Child Welfare Minister Rachel Sanderson on Wednesday to explain how crime was allowed.
“What happened to this 13-year-old girl is absolutely disgusting,” Malinauskas told reporters.
“How did a pedophile manage to catch a 13-year-old boy near a residential care center?”
Sanderson responded Thursday, saying the government was doing “everything it could” to make sure nothing like this happened again.
The minister says she learned of the incident on Tuesday, when McIntyre was convicted.
“I am also disappointed that I was not informed prior to this incident,” Sanderson said.
She says the state government changed its notification procedure earlier this year, after the incident, but without her knowledge, requiring the minister to be notified of any significant incidents.
“I will not follow the advice of the previous Labor government on how to run a child welfare department,” he said.
“The services were placed around the child and a complex review of the case was carried out.”
‘Ashamed and predatory’
On Tuesday in the South Australian District Court, McIntyre’s behavior was described as shameful and predatory.
According to The Advertiser, the crime caught the attention of a young worker after noticing changes in the teenager’s behavior.
When the worker verified the girl’s phone number, they discovered a “large number of messages” from McIntyre on the teen dating app MyLOL.
The 35-year-old said he thought the girl was “17 or 18” when approached through the app.
However, the judge said McIntyre should know the girl’s age and the fact that she was in state custody.
On January 9, McIntyre took the 13-year-old to a public institution and had unprotected sex with her.
The court heard the teenager try to end the relationship after that, but McIntyre persisted.
“It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that he bombarded his victim with messages, even when he said he didn’t want to keep texting,” Judge Julie McIntyre said in the sentence.
“She was struggling, including her father’s terminal illness and [the] fear of being pregnant.”
The messages were turned over to police upon discovery, who learned that the 13-year-old was pregnant.
The pregnancy was terminated and McIntyre identified himself as the father.
“Even when your victim told you she was worried about being pregnant and having an abortion … you suggested that she keep the child and continue to have unprotected sex with you,” Judge McIntyre said.
McIntyre will be eligible for parole in 2022