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Man found guilty in teen rape case

A MAN who repeatedly raped a 17-year-old boy and sexually assaulted two 14-year-old boys was sentenced to 14 years jail in the Bundaberg District Court yesterday.

The 32-year-old Bundaberg East man pleaded not guilty to six counts of raping the 17-year-old and assaulting him causing bodily harm.

A jury of five men and six women found the man, who cannot be named in order to protect the victims, guilty of the assault and five of the six counts of rape.

During a four-day trial the court heard the man first raped the boy in March 2009, when the boy was asleep.

The court was told the man would abuse the teen if he refused sex over an eight-month period and had threatened to hurt the boy's grandmother.

Judge John Robertson said the man took advantage of the boy's vulnerability.

Judge Robertson sentenced him to 14 years jail for each of the rape counts and eight years for the assault.

The judge also sentenced the man for sexually assaulting two 14-year-old boys.

The man pleaded guilty to two charges of indecently treating a child under the age of 16.

Prosecutor Amelia Loode said on January 13, 2009, the man was staying with a friend at West End, Brisbane when he told her 14-year-old boy that he wanted to massage him.

The court heard the massage progressed and the man squeezed the boy's buttocks before moving to squeeze the boy's genitals.

"The massage made him feel uncomfortable and (the boy) lied and told the defendant he needed to go to the toilet," she said.

Ms Loode said on May 12, 2010 another boy had gone to meet friends at the defendant's home and ended up staying the night.

"He woke about 2.30am and found the defendant's hand down his pants masturbating him," she said.

Ms Loode said the boy at first thought he was dreaming but when he realised he was not, he became frightened.

She said in a police interview the man said he had an "urge".

"In my view you form a danger to young males and you probably are a genuine paedophile," Judge Robertson said.

Judge Robertson sentenced the man to four years jail for each charge.

He ordered all the sentences be served concurrently.

Topics:  bundaberg district court, jail, rape, sexual assault




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