Police are appealing to the public for information about a man who allegedly sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl in a hotel in 2005.
Queensland Police have released a computer-generated image of a man believed to be responsible for the sexual assault of Peta Butler, now aged 27. Peta said her mother took her to a Toowoomba hotel when she was 15-years-old and arranged for the man to rape her.
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Peta’s mother was arrested in October 2016 and pleaded guilty to procuring a youth for carnal knowledge in January this year after Peta recorded a long phone conversation where her mother admitted her involvement over the sexual assault, according to police.
“In that phone call she was able to get her mum to admit that she had arranged for this male person to rape her daughter,” Detective Senior Constable Jodi Bell said in a video released by Queensland Police.
Detectives said they want to speak with the man and hope someone might be able to recognise him from the computer-generated image.
“The man is described as being in his mid-to-late 40s at the time, extremely obese, around 175 centimetres tall with a shaved head, stubble and distinctive bulging blue eyes,” detectives said in a statement.
“He is known only as ‘Thommo’ and would now be aged in his 50s.
“He was wearing an expensive suit and drove a car with cream coloured leather seats.
“It is believed the man also used an email address similar to [email protected],” the detective added.
Police said they believe it is likely the man has hurt other girls and women, according to the statement.
Mother Orchestrated Her Daughter’s Rape
Peta recounted the events leading up to the sexual assault in an interview with A Current Affairs.
The 27-year-old said her mother, Therese Butler, is a divorcee and regularly engaged in online dating where she met “Thommo.”
“She spoke about him like they were best friends,” Peta told the Channel 9 program.
Peta’s mother is in jail for what happened that night. But “Thommo” has never been found. Tomorrow on @ACurrentAffair9 we’ll tell you everything we know about him and maybe you can help track him down. This a powerful story that will stay with you. https://t.co/oX9iIqNa8f
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“The day of the rape, she admitted that that was the second time she had ever met him,” she added.
Peta said Thommo wanted “a younger version” of Therese and her mother ended up organising her daughter to be raped, according to the news program.
The arrangement was made under the guise of a mother-daughter bonding trip in Toowoomba where Therese took her daughter to McDonald’s and also bought her alcoholic drinks.
“She never drank so I thought it was really nice we were going to have a couple together,” Peta told A Current Affairs.
“The whole four pack … I didn’t know it was all going to be for me.'”
Peta said her mother was in the next room smoking when she was raped by the man.
“I was hoping she was going to come in and stop it. She didn’t once try, ” Peta said.
“I think to myself, how could a mum do what she did,” she added.
As a result of the incident, Peta dropped out of school and started suffering from depression and anxiety.
It took Peta more than a decade to work up the courage to tell police, Constable Bell said.
“It takes a lot to walk into a police station and speak to a complete stranger about being violated. Especially when it’s a family member,” the senior constable detective said.
Bell reassured victims of sexual assault to not be afraid if they want to speak to police about it.
“Don’t be scared, we will help you,” she added.
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