A Queensland man has pled guilty to abducting and molesting a 7-year-old girl after he was caught on CCTV taking her from a shopping centre.
Sterling Mervyn Free, 27, was captured on camera luring the young girl out of a Kmart in Westfield Lakes just north of Brisbane.
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The footage shows him hanging about the toy section of Kmart and enticing the young girl towards him. Free then walks out of the store with his victim following closely behind him.
The two walk past dozens of other shoppers on their way to the car before leaving the mall.
The father of two then took the girl to nearby bushland and sexually assaulted her for over an hour before returning her to the shopping centre, reports Brisbane Times.
On Wednesday, Free pled guilty to deprivation of liberty, taking a child for immoral purposes, and indecent treatment of a child under 12.
He has been remanded in custody until his sentencing in October.