Drug probe leads to child sex crime charges
A DRUG trafficking investigation uncovered that a dealer had started a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl and supplied her with drugs, a court has been told.
Queensland Police were investigating Wayne Stephen Cosgrove, 44, for trafficking ice when text messages on his phone revealed he had been in a sexual relationship with the underage girl for two months in 2018.
The Maryborough man faced Brisbane Supreme Court on Tuesday where he pleaded guilty to trafficking, possessing and supplying dangerous drugs, five counts of unlawful carnal knowledge of a minor, aggravated supply of drugs to a minor and other summary charges.
Prosecutor Michael Gawrych detailed how Cosgrove was 28 years older than the girl when he began sending her text messages and gave her marijuana.
Mr Gawrych said Cosgrove would become jealous and used an element of "manipulation and aggression when feelings were not reciprocated".
The court was told that police discovered Cosgrove had been trafficking ice between March and August 2018 as an "incidental result of a targeted investigation" into other traffickers.
They executed a search warrant at his Maryborough house and discovered five marijuana plants, scales, drug paraphernalia and his phone.
Text messages on his phone revealed he had unprotected sex with the girl on five occasions and had also made 24 drug sales to five customers over four months.
Defence barrister Jessica Horne said the offending was "out of character" for Cosgrove, who had a dated and minor drug history and no prior history of sexual offending.
She said Cosgrove's life went "downhill" in 2015 after his relationship ended and he became addicted to ice.
"He was drug dependent at the time he committed the trafficking offences," Ms Horne said.
"He was not living a lavish lifestyle and he supplied to people that were known to him."
Justice Frances Williams took on board Cosgrove's early guilty plea and limited criminal history before sentencing him to five and a half years' jail.
After already serving 19 months in jail, he will be eligible for parole on August 1, 2020. - NewsRegional
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