Police hunting man who raped teen girl in Qld hotel room

DETECTIVES have released a computer-generated image of a man accused of raping a teenage girl in a Toowoomba hotel room in 2005.

It comes just over a month after the teenage girl’s mother was jailed for organising the rape.

Peta Butler was just 15-years-old when her mother took her on a ‘girls trip’ from their home in Brisbane to Toowoomba, Detective Senior Constable Jodi Bell said in a video posted on Monday.


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“They then went to a hotel room where there was a man waiting and her mum basically allowed this man to rape her.”

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In an interview with A Current Affair on Monday night, Peta explained how her mother sat outside the bedroom smoking cigarettes throughout the sickening ordeal.

It took Peta, now aged 27, a decade to report the horrific crime to police, who have now released an image of the man – who is known only as ‘Thommo’.

He 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.

Peta said she remembered the man 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 thommo_thommo_thommo@hotmail.com.

Given her age at the time and due to the trauma she suffered, Ms Butler cannot recall the exact date of the incident or exactly where it happened – but it is thought to have taken place between May and December 2005, police say.

Detectives believe it is likely the man may have hurt other girls and women and have appealed for them to visit their local police station and speak with investigators.

Peta’s mother was arrested in October 2016 and in January of this year, plead guilty to procuring a youth for carnal knowledge in the Ipswich District Court and is now serving a jail sentence.

If you are in immediate danger call 000 now.  If you require advice or assistance, the following services offer counselling and support:
Lifeline 24/7 telephone crisis support 13 11 14
1800RESPECT 24/7 phone 1800 737 732
Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence phone 07 5591 1164
Bravehearts phone 1800 272 831

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