No prison time for man who sexually assaulted girl

A HERVEY Bay man who sexually assaulted a child on three separate occasions will not spend time in prison.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the identify of the victim, pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay District Court yesterday to three counts of indecent treatment of a child under the age of 12.

Crown prosecutor Chris Cook told the court the man, 58, had kissed the girl on the mouth, with tongue, on three separate occasions between January 2004 and January 2009.

The girl, who was the daughter of his then de facto partner, was aged between five and 10 years at the time of the incidents.

The court heard the man had been "exploitative and manipulative" of the girl who he told to keep the incidents secret.

Mr Cook said the victim's mother had noted changes in her daughter's behaviour since revealing the incidents.

"The victim's mother has noticed her daughter is suffering depression, running away from home and drinking," he said.

The girl and the mother have since moved from the region.

Defence lawyer John Milburn said the man had remarried and his current partner had no concerns regarding his behaviour with her children.

Judge Helen Bowskill sentenced the man to six months prison, wholly suspended for 12 months on the first two charges.

Judge Bowskill sentenced him to six months probation on the final charge.



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