James Richard Francis

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Family takes revenge on sex attacker

Article from: Herald Sun

Emily Power

February 29, 2008 12:00am

A MAN who had sex with two teen boys was abducted, bashed and interrogated for two hours by a victim’s family before they handed him to police.

The County Court heard James Richard Francis did not make a complaint against the family as he thought he might have got what he deserved.

Francis, 27, met the victims — aged 13 and 15 — through an Internet chat room and engaged in sexual acts with them separately between March 2006 and June last year.

He met one for sex six times at parks in Bayswater.

Prosecutor Michael Cahill said Francis had sex with the other boy at his Mt Waverley unit and the boy’s house when the parents were not home.

Defence lawyer Terry Forrest, QC, said one of the boys admitted to sex acts with Francis to his father and uncle, who deceived Francis into meeting them at Bayswater rail station.

They drove him around Melbourne for two hours, assaulted and threatened to kill him, Mr Forrest said.

They later took him, bloodied and distressed, to Croydon police station.

Francis’ father told the court his son was a very lonely young man who had a level of maturity very low for his age.

The court heard Francis had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder from the ordeal, Asperger’s syndrome — a form of autism — and attention deficit disorder.

Psychiatrist Danny Sullivan gave evidence Francis was not intellectually aware of the age of consent, and did not have a systematic way for working out what was right or wrong.

Francis pleaded guilty to nine charges including committing an indecent act with a child under 16, sexual penetration of a child under 16, and possessing child pornography.

Judge Lisa Hannan will sentence him today.



Internet chat led to sex with boys

  • Kate Uebergang
  • Herald Sun
  • September 29, 2007 12:00AM

A MAN has pleaded guilty to having sex with two teenage boys he met on an internet chat service.

James Richard Francis, 26, was taken to the police by the family of one boy in June after they discovered the sexual relationship and allegedly lured him to a meeting and assaulted him.

Francis struck up friendships with the two victims — aged 13 and 15 — on MSN Messenger and then organised to meet them separately in a Bayswater car park, according to documents tendered to Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.

Francis had oral sex with one boy in his car, while he took the other boy to his unit where they had oral sex, the court was told.

Francis told the 15-year-old he was a teenager and the pair also had sex at the boys’ parents’ house when they were not at home, according to the boy’s statement.

Francis was caught after the boy’s father and uncle discovered the relationship and organised to meet him.

In documents tendered to the court, Francis told police he was held against his will and assaulted for about two hours before being taken to Croydon police station.

Police called an ambulance and he was taken to Maroondah Hospital where he was treated for his injuries.

Police have not laid charges in relation to the alleged assault and Francis has declined to make a formal statement.

Francis, of Mt Waverley, yesterday pleaded guilty to five charges including taking part in an act of sexual penetration with a child under 16 and committing an indecent act with a child under 16.

Francis began online chatting with his first victim — then aged 13 — in early 2006, later arranging to meet the boy in a car park where they had oral sex in his car.

The pair met to have oral sex on six occasions between March and November last year, according to documents tendered to the court.

Francis began chatting with the 15-year-old in mid-2006 on MSN Messenger and the pair exchanged mobile phone numbers and text messages.

They met in person in April this year and went to Francis’ unit where they had oral sex.

Magistrate Felicity Broughton continued Francis’ bail and ordered him to appear at a County Court directions hearing on October 3 before sentencing submissions early next year.


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