Sydney man sentenced for sexually abusing girl
Murdock Daniel MacCharles pleaded guilty to sexual assault, sexual touching and sexual interference
A 60-year-old Sydney man who routinely sexually abused a young girl over a six-year period was sentenced Wednesday to a four-year federal prison term.
In addition, Murdock Daniel MacCharles of James Street will also be a registered sex offender for 20 years, must submit a DNA sample to the national registry, is banned for life from possessing firearms and is banned for 10 years from attending places where young people are likely to gather, such as parks, playgrounds and pools. He was also ordered to have no contact with the victim while serving his sen- tence.
“These are predatory offences. They were planned, repetitive, and for pure self gratification with zero concern for the impact on the victim,” said prosecutor Glenn Gouthro.
“The incidents would happen virtually at every opportunity,” he said, noting one instance in which MacCharles sexually touched the girl while her mother was nearby.
MacCharles pleaded guilty to sexual assault, sexual touching and sexual interference. The offences occurred between 2008 and 2014 when the girl was between the ages of five and 11.
Disclosure by the victim of the abuse was made in a note she passed to her mother claiming simply that MacCharles had touched her.
Gouthro told the court that in addition to fondling the girl, MacCharles made her touch his penis and attempted intercourse. He would also kiss “like boyfriend and girlfriend” as described by the victim.
Throughout Wednesday’s sentencing hearing, MacCharles, who was also credited with 10 months remand time, sat with his head down.
In accepting the joint Crown/defence sentencing, provincial court Judge Peter Ross commented that MacCharles dehumanized the victim for his own sexual gratification.