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Lawyer sought sex with children

HIGH-FLYING lawyer Michael John Poynder was at Misty's massage parlour when he first expressed his desire to have sex with children.
The then special counsel with law firm Minter Ellison in Sydney told a prostitute in the Potts Point parlour about his intention to have sex with young girls and left his contact details with her.
But the woman passed on his details to police, who bugged his phones and recorded his attempts in a telephone chatroom to entice children to have sex with him.
In the NSW District Court yesterday, Poynder, 51, confirmed his guilty plea to two charges of using a carrier service to procure a person under 16 for sex - an offence that carries a maximum 15-year jail term.
In deciding his sentence, judge Stephen Norrish will also take into account two other charges that he used a telephone service in an offensive manner.
The court heard that police had recorded numerous conversations in which Poynder discussed child sex, rape, bestiality and incest.
In one telephone conversation - believed to have taken place while he was at work - Poynder and the prostitute were recorded discussing tying a woman up and raping her five-year-old daughter.
The court heard that Poynder accessed the Hot Gozzip chat service in May and attempted to arrange a meeting with a 15-year-old boy for sex.
Poynder told the boy he "liked young boys" and made arrangements to meet the youth. However, he wrote the boy's number down incorrectly and they did not meet.
On a second occasion, he made arrangements in the chatroom to meet a police officer who had posed as a 15-year-old girl. He told her he was willing to pay $200 for sex, made plans to meet, and arrived at the meeting place carrying $236, condoms and lubricant.
The fact sheet said police recorded 540 calls on Poynder's landline, "a large percentage of which" were to the Hot Gozzip chat service. In those phone calls, he left messages saying he was into "taboo things" including child sex, rape, sex with animals and incest.
Poynder's barrister, Ian Barker, said his client was a fantasist who suffered from a psychological condition of paraphilia, which, in "lay terms", was a "sexual addiction".
"You should approach this on the basis that it's almost all fantasy, pretty sick fantasy, but nonetheless fantasy," Mr Barker said. He said his client's life had "spun out of control".
Poynder will be sentenced this week.

The Australian 5-12-2006
David King

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