Child sex guilty plea

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Times New - Kate Field­ing

A con­victed pae­dophile who abused chil­dren af­ter he was placed on the sex of­fend­ers reg­is­ter has ad­mit­ted to more than 50 child sex as­sault of­fences.

David Lind­ner, 55, who was liv­ing in Yallingup at the time of the abuse, ap­peared in Bun­bury Mag­is­trate’s Court last Thurs­day when he pleaded guilty to a string of charges in­clud­ing sex­ual pen­e­tra­tion of a child un­der 13.

The court was told Lind­ner sex­u­ally pen­e­trated a child un­der 16 on 17 sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions, sex­u­ally pen­e­trated a child un­der 13 three times and pro­cured a child un­der 16 to do an in­de­cent act 10 times. Lind­ner also in­de­cently recorded a child and on seven oc­ca­sions pro­duced child ex­ploita­tion ma­te­rial, which in­cluded dig­i­tal pic­tures and videos of a child en­gaged in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity.

Ap­pear­ing via video link from Bun­bury Re­gional Prison, Lind­ner showed lit­tle emo­tion as Mag­is­trate Brian Ma­hon read out all 53 child sex charges re­lat­ing to in­ci­dents in Yallingup be­tween De­cem­ber, 2015 and Fe­bru­ary this year.

Mr Ma­hon told Lind­ner’s so­lic­i­tor Ntuthuko Mcin­gol­wane he should con­tact the court be­fore his client’s sen­tenc­ing later this year be­cause he an­tic­i­pated it would be a “lengthy” ex­er­cise and would need longer than a nor­mal mat­ter. Lind­ner also pleaded guilty to one count each of at­tempt­ing to sex­u­ally pen­e­trate a child un­der 13 and an­other un­der 16, four counts of in­de­cently deal­ing with a child un­der 13, eight of in­de­cently deal­ing with a child un­der 16, and one count of pos­sess­ing child ex­ploita­tion ma­te­rial.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tors suc­cess­fully made an ap­pli­ca­tion to dis­con­tinue a fur­ther four counts of in­de­cently record­ing a child.

Mr Ma­hon or­dered pre-sen­tence, psy­cho­log­i­cal and psy­chi­atric re­ports ahead of Lind­ner’s sen­tenc­ing in Bun­bury District Court on De­cem­ber 11.

Lind­ner was re­manded in cus­tody.

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