Pimped girl's abuser remains behind bars
A paedophile who sexually abused a girl pimped out by her own father will remain behind bars until at least next month when he will seek to vary his bail conditions, but prosecutors plan to oppose it.
Ryan Trevor Clegg, 43, admitted earlier this month in Perth Magistrates Court he had sexually abused the girl, who was also raped by her father and other men when she was aged between 11 and 13.
After pleading guilty to 61 charges, including four counts of sexual penetration, Clegg had his bail renewed ahead of sentencing later this year.
But Clegg sparked outrage at the weekend when it emerged he was living close to a childcare centre, prompting Western Australia's shadow attorney general John Quigley to say it was unacceptable bail had been granted.
Clegg was taken into custody after his father withdrew surety and he appeared in court on Tuesday looking tired and dressed in jeans and a T-shirt.
Defence lawyer Ian Hope said he would apply to vary Clegg's bail conditions on September 8, adding his client had been compliant for many months.
But the police prosecutor said there would be a counter-application to revoke bail entirely no matter what conditions were proposed.
Clegg technically remains on bail, but even if he got surety and was released, he would be in breach of his conditions if he stayed at the same address, so he effectively cannot be freed until after his next court date.
Attorney General Michael Mischin admitted he knew on Friday about Clegg's living arrangements but said it would not be proper for him to interfere in individual court matters.
"[I took] no action because the police had the matter in hand," he said.
"If you're suggesting that I should have come out and started to panic people... no, I don't think that would have been the appropriate way to go."
Mr Quigley said it appeared each minister had passed the buck.
"He was in breach of his bail conditions, but what is worse, he misled the court," he said.
Earlier this year the girl's father, who cannot be named, was sentenced to 22-and-a-half years in jail after admitting raping his daughter and arranging for her to engage sexually with six other men.
The father has lodged an appeal against his sentence, claiming it is too harsh.
Photographer Benjamin Simon Clarke was previously jailed for three years over his involvement in the girl's abuse, while former pastor and father-of-two, Dawid Volmer, was jailed for 10-and-a-half years.
Nicholas Adam Beer is on bail awaiting sentence in September, while Alfred John Impicciatore is also on bail ahead of a committal mention on Friday.
Troy Phillip Milbourne will face a trial of issues next month and is in custody.