3 November 2023

Weipa child sex accused found dead days after second group of charges laid

| Sarah Martin

Weipa man Bradley Allen Mcrae has been found dead after police charged him with multiple child sex and drug offences. Photo: Carl Ballou.

Weipa man Bradley Allen Mcrae has been found dead just days after police charged him with a second series of child rape and drug offences.

The 46-year-old was arrested in Weipa on 27 September and charged with two counts of rape, five of procuring a young person, 10 of supplying drugs to a minor and two of indecent treatment of a child under 16.

He was also charged with grooming a child and unlawful carnal knowledge of a child under 16.

He appeared in the Weipa Magistrates Court on 28 September and was granted bail with conditions to reside in Cairns.

Electronic devices were seized during his arrest and on 26 October Mcrae was handed a further five counts of supplying dangerous drugs to a minor, 10 counts of use of a carriage service to access child abuse material and one count of possessing child abuse material.

Mcrae was due to face the Cairns Magistrates Court later this month where police were going to allege the youths were groomed, indecently assaulted and supplied with dangerous drugs, including methylamphetamine.

Police have confirmed the death is not being treated as suspicious and a report is being prepared for the coroner.

If you or someone you know needs help, you can contact 1800RESPECT, the national domestic and sexual violence support service, by calling 1800 737 732 or by visiting 1800respect.org.au.

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