A South Australian man has become the first person to be accused of child grooming charges under Carly’s Law.

The 35-year-old Adelaide man, a convicted child sex offender, allegedly posed as a teenage girl to groom and abuse children, reports 9 news.

“Carly’s Law shows zero tolerance to adults who prey on the most vulnerable in our community, our children,” Justice Minister Michael Keenan said.

The law named after Carly Ryan, who was killed by a predator 10 years ago, gives police the power to stop predators before they act.

Earlier this year, Carly’s mother Sonya told 9Stories she got a “mother’s gut feeling” the man claiming to be a teenage boy talking to her daughter was “a bit creepy”.

“It was my own personal horror movie. The last thing I ever expected was for my daughter to become the target of a sex predator,” Ms Ryan said in March.

The boy named “Brandon” turned out to be 50-year-old Greg Newman, who bashed and killed 15-year-old Carly at a beach in Port Elliot, South Australia when she rejected his advances.

He was sentenced to life in prison.

More details to come after the sentence is announced later today.

Share your comments below

  • I hope he rots in jail.


  • yeah this is very sad that the law had to come into being by the hard way. Why was this not already in place?. Poor Carly. At least this law will be helping others in the future and getting scum off the streets


  • I’m wondering if this guy was responsible for other cases in which girls were sexually abused and murdered. I remember one was a pupil from a southern suburbs public school.


  • Great new law. Hope they all get caught


  • Hope they never let him out on parole like has happened here in Victoria.


  • Hope they actually lock him up for good.


  • I hope and pray the police can use this power to stop predators before they act a lot !!
    Carly’s Law sounds like a good law, but what a sad story goes behind it !


  • So they should be stopped before they act. Its clear that their intentions aren’t good ones!


  • Glad to hear Carly’s law being used…. shouldn’t have to wait for the worst to be done before stopping criminals!


  • So sad there are evil minded people like this in the world. We must do what we can to look out for each other.


  • Very sad to read Carly lost her life due to this horrible man.


  • Little girl! :-(
    No mercy for such a man!!! :-(


  • I jst cannot fathom people who kill children.


  • This is so horrific for this family. Carly’s Law is a positive out of something so horrendous.


  • So very sad for Carly and her family. Everyone needs to be wary of who children contact via social media.


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