Roofer jailed for kissing 15yo, rubbing her bare thigh
A father of three tried to get teenage girls drunk before grabbing an unexpecting 15-year-old girl, kissing her, and rubbing her bare thigh, a court has heard.
Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Monday heard how Allan Craig Cunnington's victim cried till 2am after the then 35-year-old grabbed her in a hallway and kissed her on January 15.
Magistrate Rod Madsen said Cunnington had told the girl she couldn't leave a game of pool before he followed her and her friend into a bedroom and laid down in between them.
"She said she was wearing an oversized shirt and you were rubbing her bare thigh and she felt extremely uncomfortable and froze," he said.
Mr Madsen said Cunnington ignored the girl's request for him to leave and later grabbed her in a hallway.
"She says she got out of bed to turn off the lights and lock up, she realised you were still inside the house you walked up to her again … and grabbed her, placed your arms around her," he said.
"She stated you put her hand on her face and grabbed her chin and started kissing her, she described that initial kiss as a peck.
"You then began opening your mouth and attempted to make out with her."
The court heard the girl was frightened by the incident and again told Cunnington to leave.
"She felt extremely uncomfortable, shocked and scared," Mr Madsen said.
"The victim says … she stayed up crying till 2am, her friend comforting and supporting her."
Cunnington had already pleaded guilty to four charges including two counts of indecent treatment of a child under 16 and two counts of supplying liquor to a minor at a private place as an adult who is not responsible for the minor.
The court heard Cunnington made suggestive comments leading up to the offence and had told the girl not to threaten him with a "good time" after she said f … during the game of pool.
Police prosecutor Rebecca Lambert said a 15 to 18-month prison sentence with parole after a third was an appropriate punishment for Cunnington.
Senior Constable Lambert said he had "downplayed" his actions to police stating he was being affectionate towards the teen.
"He's immediately attempted to excuse his behaviour through alcohol and drug use at the time … stating it was not sexual and just him acting affectionately," she said.
"In my submission … (Cunnington's) behaviour can't be seen as anything other than sexual in nature."
She said the impact on the victim wasn't diminished by the fact she hadn't given an impact statement.
Solicitor Katie Paterson said the father was extremely remorseful and said he was intoxicated and had been smoking marijuana at the time.
She described his offending as "opportunistic" and at the lower end of the scale.
Ms Paterson told the court Cunnington had a "rough" upbringing and was exposed to abuse over three years.
She said the roofer of six years had a problem with drugs and was willing to attend drug and alcohol rehabilitation.
Ms Paterson suggested a six to eight-month prison sentence with an immediate parole eligibility date.
Mr Madsen said the offending was for Cunnington's own personal gratification and sentenced him to 13 months in prison.
"While I understand you were drunk … I accept that there was some degree of premeditation that you tried to get the young ladies drunk and that was done with the purpose of facilitating your intended actions," he said.
Cunnington will be eligible for parole on May 19.
Eighty-three days of pre-sentence custody was declared as time already served.