Man pleads guilty to performing an indecent act on a child under the age of 16

A FORMER Ballarat businessman has pleaded guilty to performing an indecent act on a child under the age of 16. 

Adam Wynne-Jenkins, 35, formerly of Beechworth, appeared in Wondonga Magistrates Court on Thursday where he also pleaded guilty to a Commonwealth charge of using a carriage service to groom a child under the age of 16 for sexual acts in the future. 

Wynne-Jenkins was a former co-owner of Aradale Ghost Tours where he and a business partner ran tours of the old Ararat Lunatic Asylum.

He is no longer involved with Aradale Ghost Tours.

A clean-shaven Wynne-Jenkins appeared in court before magistrate Stella Stuthridge and was further bailed to re-appear at the Wodonga County Court sittings that begin on April 29. 

A former Beechworth tourism identity as well, Wynne-Jenkins was the operator and tour guide for the popular Beechworth Ghost Tours. 

He no longer works for the company. 

Wynne-Jenkins also co-ordinated the famous Ned Kelly Weekend festival in Beechworth, which re-enacted the arrival of Kelly and his committal hearing in the Beechworth Courthouse. 

Wynne-Jenkins had been the founding president of the Beechworth Historical Re-enactment Group.