Predator lay on sleeping autistic girl and assaulted her

Raymond John Childs. 65, was jailed after his sentencing in Maryborough District Court on two counts of indecent treatment of a child.
Raymond John Childs. 65, was jailed after his sentencing in Maryborough District Court on two counts of indecent treatment of a child. Annie Perets

EVERY time she sees a walking stick, the young girl with autism freezes in fear.   

It's a reminder of when she was sexually assaulted as a five-year-old by a crippled man who her mum had been helping, a court has heard.   

She was asleep when Raymond John Childs came into her room and laid on top of her.  

The man with Parkinson's disease began to touch her, waking her up, before placing her small hands onto his genitals.   

On Friday, Maryborough District Court heard the girl had not recovered since the attack on February 21, 2017.   

Childs, 65, was sent to jail after pleading guilty to two counts of indecent treatment of a child.   

Judge Brian Devereaux deemed his behaviour an "outrageous breach of trust."   

Childs, who lives 30km outside of Maryborough, initially denied the offending, telling police he went into the girl's room to check-up on her after hearing her cry.   

Defence barrister Crystal Lovel attempted to convince Judge Devereaux to keep her client from from going to jail because of how difficult prison would be for him due to ill health.  

Childs has a battery implanted in his chest which requires recharging daily and experiences up to 20 falls a day. 

"He requires two walking sticks to walk," Ms Lovel said.  

"He can't stay in the same position for very long."  

But it wasn't enough.   

"People have babies in jail," Judge Devereaux said.  

"If he's fit enough to live at home, he's fit enough to live in a cell."  

Childs received a 12-month jail sentence, to be suspended after he has served two months.   

The court was told the Fraser Coast man's family had disowned him.   

He fell as he boarded the police car on his way out of the courthouse.   

Outside court, the victim's mother told the Chronicle she was relieved the court proceedings were over but the outcome could not compare to the amount of pain Childs caused her family.   



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