Gladstone MP discusses appeal with child sex abuse victim
THE community believes Dustan Mossman was not the only victim of jailed Gracemere pedophile Michael Charles Vock, according to Member for Gladstone Liz Cunningham.
Mrs Cunningham told Parliament she would be discussing whether Mr Mossman's family wanted Vock's three-year non-parole jail sentence, handed down last week, appealed.
"Another young man in the same class as Dusty committed suicide, and it is also suspected that this perpetrator had violated others," she said.
"I do not believe it was just Dusty who was groomed; in many ways, Dusty's parents were as well.
"I know when I first talked with Shayne and Helen they were just devastated that they had trusted this man to the extent that they had with their children and particularly with Dusty."
Mrs Cunningham said no one in the community was to blame, that they were "sucked in" by a man whose sole purpose was to abuse and take advantage of young people.
"As we all know, these mongrels not only groom the children but they persuade the parents to trust them," Mrs Cunningham said.
"I want to thank Dusty, his family and his mum and dad for their courage in making this very public stand."