Mo­lester caught out

Man re­treated when wife ar­rived home

The Cairns Post - - NEWS - PETE MARTINELLI [email protected]

A NAKED 57-year-old sugar cane worker was about to mo­lest his step-grand­daugh­ter when his wife came home, a court heard.

The man, who can­not be named in or­der to pro­tect the iden­tity of the child, was at home alone with the girl in his house south of Cairns in May last year.

Cairns District Court heard the man had en­tered the girl’s bed­room at night as she slept.

“She woke up and saw him naked on her bed,” Crown pros­e­cu­tor Clau­dia Ge­or­gouras said. “He was pulling her pants down – he heard her grand­mother come home and he left the room.”

One month later he ap­proached the girl in the kitchen and tried to force her to touch his gen­i­talia.

“This was preda­tory be­hav­iour,” Ms Ge­or­gouras said.

Five months later he at­tended Ed­mon­ton po­lice sta­tion in an at­tempt to ward off ru­mours he had abused the girl.

“He had heard she was telling peo­ple he had sex­u­ally of­fended against her,” Ms Ge­or­gouras said.

“He told them he wanted to make ad­mis­sions that he had a sex­ual in­tent; he wanted to touch her but stopped him­self. It was a pre­ven­tive in­ter­view.”

The man pleaded guilty to in­de­cent deal­ing of a child un­der 16 while un­der care and at­tempted in­de­cent deal­ing of a child un­der 16.

Judge Dean Morzone de­scribed the man’s con­fes­sion as “most un­usual”.

“He couldn’t imag­ine for one minute that po­lice were go­ing to make a note of it and file it away,” he said.

“He was in de­nial of the of­fend­ing un­til his plea.”

He sen­tenced the man to six months in jail, sus­pended for 12 months and placed him on pro­ba­tion for 12 months.

“There was a 44-year age dif­fer­ence – the child was un­der your care which re­quired a de­gree of trust,” Judge Morzone said.

“Your con­duct was vile to a young vul­ner­a­ble child.

“You had in­sight into your of­fend­ing but it was dis­turb­ing that you de­nied the con­duct of act­ing on it.”

THERE WAS A 44YEAR AGE DIF­FER­ENCE – THE CHILD WAS UN­DER YOUR CARE WHICH RE­QUIRED A DE­GREE OF TRUST JUDGE DEAN MORZONE

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