Judge finds child rapist not 'serious danger' to community

A COURT has found a Gympie man sentenced to jail for violating a 12-year-old girl while recording it using a webcam is not a serious danger to the community.

The now 72-year-old was sentenced to nine years jail when he pleaded guilty at Ipswich District Court in 2007 to a string of sex offences, including raping two people.

As August 5, the end of his sentence, approached, the Attorney-General applied to the Supreme Court to extend his detention or impose strict supervision conditions on him if he was released.

But Justice David Boddice dismissed this application after two psychiatrists examined the man.

Justice Boddice's Supreme Court judgment published online on Monday stated the man, who cannot be named to protect the victims' identities, did not have any prior sexual offending on record.

Justice Boddice also said two psychiatrists had examined the man and determined he was at a low risk of reoffending.

He also said there were protective features in the man's life, including a supportive family who were aware of the man's sexual crimes.

The man was sentenced to jail for seven counts of rape, recording an indecent image of a child, making child exploitation material and other child sex offences.

The judgment said the man filmed himself raping a girl, aged between 11 and 12, on two occasions. He also took photos of her while she was unconscious.

In another incident he raped a 39-year-old family friend while she was unconscious or incapacitated to a degree that she was not able to give consent. He also took photos of himself violating her.

Justice Boddice said it was concerning that the man disputed the convictions and refused to discuss the offending, despite pleading guilty to the charges years ago.

But he said the Attorney-General did not persuade him that the man was a serious danger to the community.

- APN NEWSDESK



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