14 December 2022

Ainslie man Angus Gottaas-Hughes admits sexually abusing victim

| Albert McKnight
Angus Miles Gottaas-Hughes

Angus Miles Gottaas-Hughes, 23, leaves court on Tuesday after pleading guilty. Photo: Albert McKnight.

CONTENT WARNING: This article discusses child abuse.

A young man has admitted sexually abusing one victim while also confessing to child sex crimes.

Police have previously said the arrest of Angus Miles Gottaas-Hughes was the result of a seven-month investigation that culminated in their raid of his home in Ainslie late last year.

The 23-year-old appeared in the ACT Magistrates Court again on Tuesday (13 December), where he replied, “Guilty, your honour”, to seven charges when they were read out by Magistrate Robert Cook.

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Through his pleas, Gottaas-Hughes admitted using a child to make child exploitation material and sexually assaulting his victim three times in 2020.

He also admitted he had accessed child abuse material or child pornography in 2017 and 2018, as well as in 2021.

He had this sort of material on a MacBook, laptop and Google account on the same date police raided his home, 7 December 2021.

Magistrate Cook committed him to the Supreme Court for sentencing, with his first date in the higher court to begin the process on 22 December. His bail was also continued.

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Gottaas-Hughes pleaded guilty to single counts of using a child for the production of child exploitation material, sexual intercourse without consent, possessing and accessing child abuse material and accessing child pornography, and two counts of committing an act of indecency without consent.

Nine other charges were withdrawn.

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