A 45-year-old Sebastopol father, who sent offensive photos of himself to a teenager he worked with, has avoided a conviction.
The man, who The Courier has decided not to name because he was not convicted, was placed on a 24-month good behaviour bond on Thursday.
At the Ballarat Magistrates Court in May, the man pleaded guilty to using a carriage service to offend by sending the pictures.
The court was told he worked with the 15-year-old girl at a Ballarat business when he sent her two pictures of his erect penis via a social media app in August.
The father-of-two and the complainant became friends on the social media app and on August 14, he asked the teenager if she had lost her virginity and if she had done anything with other guys.
The man then sent a full body picture followed by a mirror picture of himself wearing underwear showing his erect penis.
The court was told he asked the teenager if she wanted more pictures, to which she replied "no".
At the plea hearing, defence lawyer Adrian Paull said his client's behaviour was out of character.
Magistrate Roslyn Porter told the man on Thursday his offending was particularly serious because of the impact it had had on the complainant.
She said he was considered a low risk of offending of this type.
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