QLD Man pleads guilty to taking a young girl from a Brisbane Kmart for “immoral purposes, deprivation of liberty and indecent treatment”.

Sterling Free, 26, took the seven-year-old girl from the Kmart at North Lakes in December last year.

He took the girl to Pumicestone Passage, about 30 minutes’ drive from the shopping centre, before bringing her back to the store.

He will be sentenced in October.

The father-of-two lured the child out of the store and took her to his car.

More details to come… 

A Brisbane mother who claimed she was also at Kmart the same time as the girl was abducted, saw the man lurking around and staring at her 8 year old daughter.

“I had a terrible gut feeling about him!”

Original story here – Father of Twins Allegedly Abducted Girl from Busy Kmart

  • What a disgusting person and he is a father himself


  • Why so long before sentence is given? I hope he is gaoled until the announcement is given. Unfortunately keeping an eye on your children while shopping can be difficult if one of your children suddenly decides to walk slowly or go ahead while you are getting items off the shelf. Mine have been “reprimanded” on more than one occasion and been denied treats which hopefully will teach them not to repeat that unacceptable behaviour again. If they do punishment will be more severe. They have been told of the risks of doing this and reminded each time they go shopping with either of us.


  • Makes my stomach churn ,just horrific if there is one consolation at least he returned her to the shopping centre, it could have so easily been a not so good ending. Poor little girl and her parents.


  • I always appreciate when people plead guilty. It saves the family the heartache and trauma of a trial when the person clearly was guilty.


  • Why didn’t the other mother, who noticed him lurking around looking at her daughter, report him? If she had, he may not have been able to abduct the girl he did. On saying that, its 50/50 as to whether he would have just moved on elsewhere to commit his crime. No mention of what happened to the little girl during her abduction.


  • This article does not mention he sexually assaulted the girl, although it was implied it’s important to note not all paedophiles are 50 year old men.


  • This sickens me to my stomach! Absolutely terrifying and disgusting. I hope they throw the book at him!

    • It sickens me too and it must be horrendous for the family.


  • Scary !


  • So disgusting. What’s worse was 2 days after this had happened I was in that kmart and kids were still running around without their parents to be seen anywhere. Do people not care?


  • This is quite sickening in every way.


  • Such a sick person of him. Hopefully he’ll be away for a long time and he got canned.


  • Wow and he was a father, disgusting


  • Terrifying – some people are just awful.


  • my goodness this is shocking, I hope his punishment is long and behind bars so our kids are a little bit safer


  • I do not understand how this happened as most parent/caregivers keep an eye on their child/ren. Hopefully justice will be served.


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