Man, 46, to face court on child rape charges

A WARWICK man has been committed to stand trial on more than 140 charges related to the alleged rape and exploitation of girls aged between 11 and 15.

Jason David Brooker is accused of befriending girls on the internet before asking them to send him explicit photos.

Police say the 46-year-old then used those photos to extort and, in some cases, coerce them into meeting him in motel rooms.

It is alleged the girls were then raped and photographed by Mr Brooker, who at times recorded the assaults.

Police say the material was then traded with others.

Mr Brooker was arrested in January last year and by April police had located 28 alleged victims, who police say were targeted at different times between 2002 and 2015.

The alleged victims are scattered throughout Australia and were not known to Mr Brooker.

He is charged with a range of offences, including rape, indecent treatment of a child, grooming a child with intent, making and involving children in the production of child exploitation material, making child abuse films and distributing child exploitation material.

The Warwick man's matter was mentioned in Warwick Magistrates Court this week, where Magistrate Bevan Manthey ordered the matter be listed in an upcoming sittings of the District Court.

Mr Brooker has been in custody for over 12 months.

A trial date is yet to be set for Mr Brooker, however District Court matters will be heard in Warwick this month as well as during June, August, October and November this year.

Rape is considered the most serious form of sexual assault and anybody convicted of the offence in Queensland faces a maximum penalty of life in jail.



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