Two teenage girls stormed the house of a sexual predator and beat him with their own bats until he asked them, “I do what you want.”
Brenton George Healey, 34, of Mildura pleaded guilty in the County Court of Victoria to 14 charges, including two counts of supplying addictive substances to a child and two counts of sexually assaulting a child under the age of 16 between March and June last year.
Prosecutor Abbie Roodenburg told the court that Healey cared for the girls, ages 15 and 17, who were friends.
They met him through Snapchat and he started giving them marijuana.
He introduced them to ice cream and also gave them cocaine and MDMA.
Ms. Roodenburg said they later told police that Healey “wanted sexual acts for the drugs he was delivering, and this happened approx. once a week”.
He refused to drive the 17-year-old girl home until she committed a sexual act against him after she said no, the court was told.
On another occasion, he gave the 15-year-old girl strong painkillers, which made her vomit and pee on herself.
He asked her for sex in her car and she said no, but she “could not push him away because of her condition,” Roodenburg said.
It was the girl’s first experience of sex, she said in a statement about the consequences of a victim.
“I was waiting to find the right guy and he took this opportunity from me,” she said.
“After what happened, I could not even look in the mirror every time I showered for a few months.
“I would scrub myself so hard and still feel dirty than anything else.”
After this, the girl told her parents, school and police what had happened.
They also showed up together in Healey’s house, forced their way in, grabbed a cricket bat and a baseball bat he had at home, and attacked him, calling him a rapist.
He “told them he would do what they wanted” and called his mother afterwards, Ms. Roodenburg said.
The girls were warned by police about this, she said.
Healey will be convicted on Friday.
The first time he sexually touched the 15-year-old girl, she was “very addicted” to marijuana, he gave her, and she started crying.
He apologized over Facebook afterwards, but continued to ask her for sexual acts, Ms. Roodenburg said.
He would call her a “chicken” or a “p — y” if she said she would not, the court was told.
She told the court she was now “petrified of men” and could not believe that a man with a young daughter could do what he did.
Her father told the court: “The pain I have seen on my daughter has been almost too much to bear.
“To her incredible honor, she has picked up her life and put herself on the right track.”
Healey’s lawyer Serge Petrovich, a candidate for Mallee’s Liberal Party in 2019, told the court: “I wondered why it was that they continued to associate with him personally and on social media” after the sexual coercion began.
Judge John Smallwood said it was “entirely with care”.
“I’ve been sitting here for 20 years – that’s the balance of power,” he said.
“It does not surprise me at all.
“These are girls who are in a part of their development – emotionally, sexually and all – where they are very, very vulnerable.”
Healey has previously been convicted of extortion by two women he met on a dating site.