Assault on vulnerable five-year-old girl

A 62-YEAR-OLD man who admitted he got a "buzz" out of sexually assaulting a five-year-old girl has been jailed.

Colin Geoffrey Studholme pleaded guilty in Bundaberg District Court yesterday to one charge of indecently treating the child.

Crown Prosecutor David Nardone said the young girl had lived nearby and had been in the man's care for a short period of time while her dad had been gardening. Mr Nardone said while sitting on his lap, Studholme touched the girl on the vaginal area on the outside of her clothing.

"The complainant's father saw the offence take place," he said.

The court heard Studholme was interviewed twice before he made admissions that he got a "buzz" out of it.

Defence barrister Kim Bryson said her client suffered from a variety of medical conditions and had shown remorse.

"He is an alcoholic and drinks two litres of cask wine per day," she said.

Judge Gary Long said Studholme's offending was at the lower end of the scale.

"It's nonetheless directed at a particularly vulnerable child," he said.

Mr Long sentenced Studholme to three months jail, with 18-months probation following his release.



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