Victorian online gaming predator admits to raping young girl he met through popular Habbo Hotel game

Online gaming predator, 56, admits raping young girl he met through popular Habbo Hotel game

  • 56-year-old Victorian man admitted to raping teenage girl he met through online game
  • Francis Joseph McDonald jumped her parents’ fence to meet her, police say
  • The attacks took place between 2005 and 2009 in a bungalow outside her home










A Victorian man has admitted to raping a teenage girl through an online game called Habbo Hotel.

Francis Joseph McDonald, 56, was facing Thursday in Melbourne Magistrates Court, where he pleaded guilty to three counts of sexually penetrating a child aged 10 to 16 in the Mornington Peninsula between 2005 and 2009.

The court heard earlier that McDonald met the girl through Habbo Hotel and said he was in his twenties.

He began jumping the fence of her Mornington Peninsula family home to visit her at night in a bungalow at the back and repeatedly abused her, police said.

The court heard earlier that McDonald met the girl through Habbo Hotel and said he was in his twenties (stock image)

At one point, the court was told, he visited the girl while she was babysitting other children.

McDonald was arrested at his home in Geelong earlier this year.

He was originally charged with 11 counts of sexually penetrating a child between the ages of 10 and 16, and one count of an indecent act with a child under 16.

But nine of those charges were dropped on Thursday.

He remains out on bail and is expected to appear in Victorian County Court on April 21.

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