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Former lecturer guilty of committing indecent act on child

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Michael Inman

A former university lecturer has been found guilty of putting his hands down the pants of an 11-year-old.

Augusto Ricardo Tamayo-Del Solar was on Tuesday found guilty in the ACT Supreme Court of committing an act of indecency on a child.

The 61-year-old had already pleaded guilty to procuring a child for sex, two counts of committing acts of indecency, using a child to produce pornography and possession of child pornography.

But he denied touching the girl in February 2009.

Justice Richard Refshauge found Tamayo-Del Solar had put his hand down the girl's pants as they drove to an outing at a fast-food restaurant.

Justice Refshauge heard the judge-alone trial in June last year and reserved his decision until Tuesday.

“In my view, a person in the position of … Tamayo-Del Solar putting his fingers under the underwear of a young girl in whose care her family have entrusted him on such an occasion as here occurred is clearly indecent,” Justice Refshauge wrote.

The former University of Canberra academic has been locked up on remand at the Alexander Maconochie Centre for almost three years.

Tamayo-Del Solar was caught up in a police sting after allegedly grooming an 11-year-old for sex over the internet.

A federal agent, posing as the girl, took up the conversation and sent messages to the defendant about her end-of-year party.

In December 2009 they arranged to meet outside the Florey shops, where Tamayo-Del Solar was arrested in possession of a pizza, Coke, a bottle of sparkling wine and condoms.

A search of his work later turned up explicit images of Tamayo-Del Solar with an eight-year-old girl.

Tamayo-Del Solar has been in custody since December 2009 but, as he is on remand, has had no access to counselling programs to address his child sex offending.

The court heard both the defence and Crown needed time to organise pre-sentence reports.

The matter was adjourned until Thursday.

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