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.

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