My husband, age 61, with no past criminal record, a loving and caring man and well respected by friends and family, is in the process of pleading guilty to a charge he believes he did not do. Indecent dealings with a minor in 2010, touching a girls breast. He received a phone call in April 2015, which unbeknownst to him, was recorded at a police station AKA the evidence, where he did not deny and apologised to the now 19-year-old girl who was sobbing over the phone. He said he was sorry she felt that way. I was there during the phone call. He was still waking from his sleep, we had partied the night before and he was being treated for depression and on antidepressants and sleep medication. We discussed the phone call, the event and didn't think about it anymore. However, in June 2015, he was collected by police, put in watchouse until he was interviewed. At which time, he still didn't understand the process, didn't seek legal advice and was charged. It is now coming to an ugly head. After two independent legal representatives, he has been advised to plead guilty, even though he has stated he didn't do it. But the phone call is enough, despite inconsistent statements from the victim ( which was made June 2014) and the mother (made November 2014). A plea of guilt will only cost about $20,000 for legal representations, no jury, his name not in lights in the local media and hopefully a soft sentence. Our law states he must serve a prison sentence unless there is extenuating circumstances. If he pleads not guilty, the estimated cost is $100,000 plus a long drawn out trial which will be the gossip of an outer regional town in Queensland, a jury and possibly longer sentence if still found guilty. Either way the financial cost is unwelcoming and the emotional trauma is indescribable. My question relates to if he pleads guilty to something he believes he didn't do, is this perjury? I can't seem to find anything comparable to American law where they have Alford or nolo contendere. If he pleads guilty and potentially go to jail, it is my understanding the victim can also take him via Civil Action. I am requesting that it be recorded in his file with solicitor that he is pleading guilty, but have it recorded that he doesn't believe he didn't but can't afford the emotional and financial trauma to plead not guilty and is extremely worried about the impact on his ageing mother and his children (who are not aware of the issue). Any help would be appreciated.