CHILLING footage shows a young dad kidnapping a seven-year-old girl from a supermarket’s toy section before luring her away to abuse her in bushes.
Sterling Free, 27, pleaded guilty to three charges in the Brisbane District Court on Wednesday, including taking a child under 12 for immoral purposes, deprivation of liberty and indecent treatment.
Free has been remanded in custody until sentencing on October 8[/caption]
Free was arrested two days after the incident at Westfield North Lakes in Brisbane last December.
The heart-stopping CCTV footage, obtained by Nine News, shows the paedophile stalking the toy aisles of the supermarket.
The video then shows him luring the girl away from her mum, who was shopping for Christmas presents nearby.
Free told the girl to “follow me,” before leaving with her following him out of the busy Kmart shop.
Free then took the girl to his car and drove her to a secluded bushland at Pumicestone Passage almost 18miles away, where she was molested.
After about 90 minutes, Free drove the girl back to Kmart, where she was dropped off in a nearby car park.
The little girl was captured on CCTV re-entering the supermarket alone, before desperately searching for her worried mum.
By that stage, the girl’s mum had already contacted the police.
The child’s mum found a scratch on her back soon after she was reunited with her.
Free was arrested at his home two days after a Facebook post circulated in search of the man.
His lawyer Shaune Irving told reporters outside court on Wednesday: “Mr Free’s actions and his instructions to us have demonstrated a level of remorse.
“He’s somewhat relieved that we have an end in sight and that the matter will be dealt with.”
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He added: “He’s given us pretty detailed instructions that he wants to resolve the matter … and obviously have his punishment delivered and he wants to do that as quickly as possible.”
Free has been remanded in custody until sentencing on October 8.
Sterling Free, 27, pleaded guilty to three charges in the Brisbane District Court on Wednesday[/caption]
The heart-stopping CCTV footage shows the paedophile stalking the toy aisles of the supermarket[/caption]
Free was arrested at his home two days after a Facebook post circulated in search of the man[/caption]
Nine News obtained the CCTV footage which showed the man kidnap the little girl[/caption]
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