Terry Martin, second left. ABC picture
FORMER MLC Terry Martin has been found guilty of sex crimes against a 12-year-old girl prostituted by her own mother.
The former Glenorchy Mayor is tonight behind bars after being found guilty of having sex with a person under the age of 17 and of producing child exploitation material.
Martin will be sentenced by Justice David Porter at 2:15pm tomorrow.
Jurors could not reach a verdict on the third charge of sexual assault and the charge against him was dismissed.
Martin, 54, had faced one count of indecent assault, one of underage sex and one of producing child exploitation material.
After finishing his summing up this morning in the Supreme Court in Hobart, Justice David Porter sent jurors out to deliberate at 10.33am.
Mr Martin is accused of having sex with a 12-year-old prostitute, but says he did not suspect she was underage.
It is now up to the jury to decide ...
First published: 2011-11-21 06:23 PM
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Professor Caroline Taylor from the Edith Cowan University told the ABC’s AM program that cases like this need to be tested in court.
“The idea that a number of men could simply claim ‘look that room was dark for me,’ and all those men relied on that excuse that should have been, and I maintain, that should have been tested in court.”
The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions did not respond to the ABC’s calls, but last year it stated the chances of convicting most of the men were low.
The girl was prostituted by her mother and pimp Gary Devine.
They have been behind bars for more than 18 months after being sentenced to 10 years jail.
• ABC Online: DPP slams critics of 12yo’s sex case
Tasmania’s Director of Public Prosecutions has hit out at claims there were about 100 men who could have faced prosecution for having sex with a 12-year-old girl prostituted by her mother.
Former MP Terry Martin is in custody awaiting sentencing after he was found guilty of two sex charges involving the girl.
Tim Ellis SC says it is a “complete lie” there were about 100 men who could have been charged.
He accused the media and others of reporting misinformation about the number of men involved in the case.
Mr Ellis has responded on ABC Local Radio to criticism from the Sexual Support Service head Liz Little and others that only Terry Martin was prosecuted.
He said there were just seven men against whom he had admissible evidence.
“The big difference between them and Mr Martin’s case, and this was borne out by the verdicts, was that of those they had intercourse with the girl in question in quick circumstances, poor lighting and in expectation that she was of an age and so this was all different to Mr Martin’s case.”
He does not see any need to revisit the decision.
“Unless, there is fresh evidence, evidence that I haven’t been made aware of, no the decision will not be revisited.”
“It’s a very sad thing whenever there is a guilty verdict, it’s a sad thing that has happened to Martin, it’s a sad thing that he committed the crime. It’s sad for the girl,” Mr Ellis said.
Ms Little rejects claims she is “peddling lies” over the case.
She says Mr Ellis has taken her opinion that the men should be held to account as a personal criticism.
“A hundred men have had sex with a 12-year-old and there is no action being taken?”
“If Mr Ellis wants to turn that into a personal insult argument against myself or anybody else, so be it.
It’s a side issue. The real one is what are we going to do to make this state safer for children being exploited.”