Citizen's arrest nabs Lismore airshow pervert
A LARNOOK man who took photos of a nine-year-old girl in her underwear at the Lismore Aviation Expo earlier this year has pleaded guilty to producing child abuse material.
Rodney Paul Erickson, 63, was seen taking suspicious photographs with his mobile phone of a girl who was playing innocently with her parents at the time of the July 29 family-friendly event.
Erickson's behaviour caught the attention of a witness unrelated to the family who suspected Erickson was deliberately taking photos of the girl's genital area.
That man confronted Erickson, who denied the allegations.
Unconvinced, the witness conducted a citizen's arrest and escorted the man to security guards, who placed him in a waiting room and confiscated his mobile phone until police arrived.
Police located two photos and a video of the girl on his mobile phone.
The first photograph was taken at 11.08am and depicted the girl laying against her father with one leg in the air, showing her underpants, and the second photo taken at 1.18pm showed the girl laying against her father with her legs spread apart, revealing her underwear.
When police first interviewed Erickson he said he was "just taking photos".
But later, he confessed that "I knew what I was doing was wrong" and admitted "I've got a problem".
Erickson, a father-of-two who lives on a communal property at Larnook, faced Lismore Local Court on Monday where he pleaded guilty.
He will be sentenced on November 5.