Possum killer used Facebook to groom boy for sex acts

A BUNDABERG man who was once convicted of killing possums with a meat cleaver has now turned his offending toward young boys.

Adam Lee Murray Crosswell, 28, pleaded guilty on Thursday in the Brisbane District Court to child sex charges after he was arrested for attempting to groom a young boy through Facebook in January last year.

Crosswell, who engaged with the boy over a three day period, eventually organised to meet him at a Brisbane shopping centre when he said he would pay the boy cash if he was allowed to commit sex acts on him.

Crown prosecutor Susan Hedge said the boy's mother found out about the initial contact Crosswell had with her son and immediately reported the matter to police.

She said police took over the Facebook account and pretended to be the young boy.

"Crosswell outlined to who he thought was the boy what he wanted to do to him," he said.

"What makes this even worse was he organised to meet up with the young boy."

Ms Hedge said Crosswell had committed the offences less than five months after being released from prison after being found guilty in February, 2012, for very similar offences.

Defence barrister Doug Wilson said Crosswell had a very troubled up-bringing and had been a ward of the state until his late teens.

He said Crosswell had even spent time in the notorious Boystown facility.

"He now has a strong relationship with his biological mother and has had contact for the first time recently with his father," he said.

"He has a history of drug and alcohol abuse.

"He says he abused those substances so he could blackout regular flashbacks he had from his childhood."

Judge Brad Farr sentenced Crosswell to two-and-a-half years behind bars and said he had a disgusting and lengthy criminal record for such a young man.

"There is no doubt you have an unnatural sexual interest towards young children and you are a real danger to the community," he said.

"It was abundantly clear that you were actually going to carry out your intentions before being arrested at the place you organised to meet the young boy."

Judge Farr took into account the 699 days Crosswell had spent in custody and set an immediate parole eligibility date.

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