Paedophile Matthew James McIntyre will spend longer in jail for impregnating 13-year-old girl


A paedophile who abused and impregnated a South Australian girl in state care will spend at least 18 months longer in jail after a successful Supreme Court appeal.

Matthew James McIntyre pleaded guilty to grooming a 13-year-old girl using the teenage dating app, MyLOL, and having unlawful sexual intercourse with her in January.

The 35-year-old was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison in August with a non-parole period of just under two years.

But today, the Director of Public Prosecutions won their appeal against the sentence.

The Full Court of Criminal Appeal increased McIntyre’s sentence to five years and three months in jail.

It said the sentence was manifestly inadequate given the “high degree of exploitation and abuse of power and influence”.

“It is appropriate the court intervene in this case, so as to maintain proper sentencing standards and so as not to threaten public confidence in the administration of justice,” it said.

It said it also considered the likely long-term and profound impact of the offending on the victim and McIntyre’s “lack of any regret”.

The court previously heard McIntyre sent the girl more than 100 messages which were inappropriate and sexualised, including asking for photos naked or in her school uniform.

A worker at the house where the girl was living discovered disturbing message exchanges with McIntyre on the girl’s phone and called the police.

It later became apparent the girl was pregnant and a DNA test confirmed McIntyre was the father. The pregnancy was terminated.

The court previously heard McIntyre has a substantial number of prior convictions and a young daughter from a previous relationship, whom he had not seen in years.



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A 13-year-old girl was impregnated in state care eight months ago. SA’s Child Protection Minister only found out about it this week


A 13-year-old girl under the legal guardianship of South Australia’s Child Protection Minister was abused and impregnated by a paedophile in January — but the Minister only found out about the case this week.

On Monday, Matthew James McIntyre was imprisoned after pleading guilty to grooming the girl using the teenage dating app MyLOL and having unlawful sexual intercourse with her in January.

A worker at the house had discovered disturbing message exchanges with McIntyre on the girl’s phone and called the police.

It later became apparent the girl was pregnant and a DNA test confirmed McIntyre was the father. The pregnancy was terminated.

McIntyre was sentenced on Monday to three years and nine months in jail, with a non-parole period of just under two years.

SA Child Protection Minister Rachel Sanderson, the legal guardian of children in state care, said she was “very angry” she was only informed of the case on Tuesday.

The Opposition has called for an independent inquiry into how the abuse occurred.

Paedophile told girl he wanted to get her pregnant

In sentencing remarks, Judge Julie McIntyre (no relation) said McIntyre’s behaviour was “disgraceful, persistent and predatory”.

She said he continued to communicate with the girl up until the messages were discovered, including telling her he wanted to get her pregnant.

The girl had tried to end the messaging after the sexual intercourse because she feared she might be pregnant.

“Even when your victim told you she feared she was pregnant and would have to have an abortion because she was unable to cope with a baby, you suggested that she ought to keep the child and continue to have unprotected sex with you.”

The District Court judge said the consequences of the girl’s abuse were likely to be “significant and enduring”.(ABC News: Eugene Boisvert)

The man has a substantial number of prior convictions and a 13-year-old daughter from a previous relationship, whom he had not seen in years.

The judge noted that he had shown remorse for his actions and pleaded guilty at the earliest possible time.

However, she said, it could be argued he only pleaded guilty because he knew it was inevitable he would be convicted.

“In particular, the psychological and physical consequences of becoming pregnant in these circumstances and having a termination of that pregnancy at only 13 years of age are likely to be significant and enduring.”

Minister had directed department to keep her informed

Ms Sanderson said she was not informed of the case until this week despite policy changes she instituted earlier this year, intended to ensure her department kept her informed.

She said she had asked for the policy change after the offences occurred but before the judgment was handed down.

“Unfortunately, I was not made aware of this incident,” she told reporters today.

Despite this, she insisted the policy change had worked and that she would be told of such serious incidents in future.

She said she had full confidence in Department of Child Protection chief executive Cathy Taylor.

“I have every confidence with Cathy Taylor … she’s doing a fantastic job taking the chaos out of the Child Protection Department and running a smooth ship,” she said.

“She’s aware I was very unhappy I was not notified.”

‘A human tragedy’

Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas yesterday called for an inquiry into how the crimes were allowed, saying Ms Sanderson was responsible for the welfare of children in care.

“Tragically, a situation has been allowed to unfold where a 13-year-old girl has fallen victim to a … paedophile and subsequently fallen pregnant,” he said.

“This is truly a human tragedy.



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13-year-old in hospital after fatal accident near the NT’s Daly River, motorcyclist dead in separate accident



One person has died after a car crashed on a private property in the NT’s remote Daly River region overnight, while in Tennat Creek a man has died after a fatal motorcycle accident.

NT Police said five people were in a ute involved at the Daly River crash at the time of the accident.

A 13-year-old girl was airlifted to Royal Darwin Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

NT Police Watch Commander Sonia Kennon said police were in the process of investigating the cause of the crash and notifying next of kin.

“A crime scene has been held overnight,” she said.

“Investigators from Territory Major Crash are currently at the scene carrying out further investigations.”

Police said because they had not yet contacted next of kin, limited details were available.

The girl is now in a stable condition.

The ABC understands the accident happened near Tipperary Station, 36 kilometres east of the Daly River and police were called to the scene around 9:00pm.

The Daly River region is around 200 kilometres south of Darwin.

Meanwhile, a 47-year-old man died after coming off a motorcycle on Savieri Road in Tennant Creek, just before 1:00pm.

Police said he was not wearing a helmet at the time of the incident.

Emergency services workers attempted to resuscitate the man but he died at the scene of the accident.

Police investigators are today travelling from Alice Springs to Tennant Creek to establish the cause of the accident.



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