Child sex offender tried to trade video games for sex

A CHILD sex offender who maintained a sexual relationship with a 12-year-old boy and tried to pay the boy for sex with video games has had his appeal dismissed.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victims, was jailed for 10 years after he was found guilty of maintaining a sexual relationship with the boy. The jury found him not guilty on a number of indecent treatment charges.

The court heard the man knew the boy's mother. On numerous occasions she trusted the man to care for the boy and his brother on weekends, long weekends and holidays. Although the boy's family lived in Dalby, the man would often care for them in his Burpengary house.

At trial a jury heard on separate occasions when the boy was aged between 10 and 12 the man touched the boy's penis and raped him.

On one occasion the man told the boy he would buy him a video game in return for sex.

In his appeal the man claimed the trial judge had allowed inadmissible evidence of uncharged acts and that the judge did not properly direct the jury.

Supreme Court Justice Hugh Fraser dismissed the man's appeals on conviction - but found the trial judge had misinterpreted the jury's verdict and the period it happened over was shorter than the judge found.

Despite this Justice Fraser found the 10-year sentence was appropriate. The man was declared a serious violent offender and cannot apply for parole until he has served at least eight years jail. - APN NEWSDESK



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