Two men jailed for child molestation

TWO men convicted in the Warwick District Court on Monday in separate cases of child sexual abuse have been jailed.

In the first case, a 20-year-old man plead guilty to molesting a four-year-old girl in his care while her parents attended the Warwick Rodeo last October.

The court heard the man allowed the child to grab hold of his penis while he was in the shower and later touched her indecently in the living room of a Warwick residence.

The man's defence counsel submitted his client had voluntarily undergone psychological counselling since the incident and that the offending was “at the lower end of the scale”.

Judge Brabazon heard submissions from both the prosecution and defence on sentences in similar cases and later ordered the man be jailed for 12 months, to be suspended after serving four months. The suspended sentence will remain in place for three years.

In the second case, a 52-year-old man plead guilty to fondling the breasts of a 12-year-old girl during a regular music lesson in Warwick.

The court heard the girl had complained to her parents about the act and the defendant had initially told police he had fallen against the girl and inadvertently touched her on the breasts under her clothes.

The Crown submitted the defendant had breached the trust the family of the girl.

Judge Brabazon sentenced the man to 12 months jail, to be suspended after serving three months, with the suspended sentence to remain in place for three years.

Neither man can be named under Queensland law.



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