Man sent to prison for sex of­fences

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A LONELY man who sex­u­ally preyed on in­no­cent girls as young as four then later raped another young vic­tim when she was 17, has been sen­tenced to seven years jail by the District Court in Mackay.

The of­fences oc­curred at dif­fer­ent times, in ar­eas north of Mackay and around the Proser­pine re­gion.

“Chil­dren de­serve pro­tec­tion from any sex­ual in­ter­fer­ence” Judge Stu­art Dur­ward told the 47year-old, who can’t be named for le­gal rea­sons.

A psy­chol­o­gist’s re­port found the of­fender’s be­hav­iour to be ma­nip­u­la­tive, ex­ploitive and de­viant.

The man pleaded guilty to three counts of in- de­cent treat­ment of chil­dren un­der 14, three counts of rape, and two of in­de­cent treat­ment of chil­dren un­der 16.

Crown ev­i­dence re­vealed some of­fences oc­curred when the man was 26 and in­volved his nieces. One, who was aged about nine, was touched on her gen­i­tals when she was in the shower.

One in­ci­dent in­volved a girl aged eight and another aged 14, who was stay­ing with him in a mo­tel, where he gave her al­co­hol be­fore fondling her breasts and gen­i­tals.

A nine-year-old girl said the man had been “like an un­cle” to her but af­ter giv­ing her lol­lies he sex­u­ally as­saulted her while she sat on his lap watch­ing a movie.

The 17-year-old had been raped in a beach house south of Proser­pine, the court was told.

The most re­cent of­fence, in De­cem­ber 2012, in­volved a girl aged four. Her mother caught him kiss­ing her pas­sion­ately on the lips.

Judge Dur­ward said one vic­tim stated she had “life­long scars from what this man did to her, hid­den by a wall of shame” that had robbed her of her child­hood, leav­ing an in­deli­ble psy­cho­log­i­cal scar.

The judge ac­cepted that the man was lonely and non-com­mu­nica­tive. He will be el­i­gi­ble for pa­role on De­cem­ber 3, 2016.

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