– This is Benjamin Lord – an unemployed call centre operator who claimed to be a federal police officer and ASIO agent to get sex from a fellow prison inmate, a court has heard.
Lord, 31, of Ashwood, claimed to know powerful people, including Prime Minister Julia Gillard and County Court Chief Judge Michael Rozenes.
He pleaded guilty in the County Court on Monday to two counts of impersonating a public official with the intention of obtaining sexual services and two counts of obtaining a financial advantage by deception.
He faces a maximum penalty of ten years’ jail.
Prosecutor Michelle Sewell told the court Lord’s victim, who cannot be named, was 28 when jailed in 2009 for 15 months for drug offences.
The court was not told why Lord was also in prison at that time.
Ms Sewell said he told his victim he was an undercover federal agent who had been in prison to investigate the victim’s female co-accused.
He promise to help the victim get out early on parole and made calls from prison claiming to be discussing the victim’s case with court officials.
Lord even claimed to know the victim’s sentencing judge.
In July 2009, he demanded the victim allow him to take hair samples from his chest so the Australian Federal Police forensic department could analyse them to ensure the victim had not been taking drugs. After Lord was released from prison in September 2009, he would visit the victim in jail and continue to take hair samples.
Ms Sewell said that on occasion when Lord was still in prison he would conduct a strip and cavity search of his victim. The prosecutor said it was alleged that as a result of Lord’s offending, sexual services were obtained.
When the victim’s stepfather rang the AFP to check if Lord worked there, the agency told him it had no record of Lord.
In January 2010, Lord told the victim his AFP job had been terminated but he was now a commander at ASIO working in counter-intelligence.
When the victim was released from prison in 2010, Lord told him part of his parole conditions was to love with him in a granny flat at Ashwood.
Lord ordered the victim to write letters to him and pressured him to tell him he loved him.
Judge Julie Nicholson said it appeared Lord had been involved in an extensive effort to control the victim in every respect.
The plea hearing resumes on Wednesday – Mark Russell