IN COURT: A man who preyed on his three granddaughters will spend the next four months behind bars.
IN COURT: A man who preyed on his three granddaughters will spend the next four months behind bars.

Grandfather preyed on preteen granddaughters

THREE granddaughters were the victims of a grandfather's inappropriate touching and exposure over a four year period.

At the time, the man who cannot be named for legal reasons, was aged between 59 and 64-years-old and the children were all under 16, the youngest aged 10.

The man pleaded guilty to six charges of indecent treatment of a child.

The offending described in Gladstone District Court on Monday by crown prosecutor Samantha O'Rourke included one offence against a 12-year-old in 2015 where he touched her inappropriately.

The second victim was aged between 12 and 14 when the man tickled her while they watched a movie before once again touching her inappropriately.

The two other offences against her included exposing himself to her in a shed, and reaching his hands over her shoulders before touching inappropriately and saying "good job."

The court was told the third victim of his inappropriate touching was aged 10.

The same victim he exposed himself to during a video call.

Judge Michael Burnett said the man would get make the third victim touch him inappropriately and told her he would love to feel her "all over".

Defence barrister Tom Polley argued exceptional circumstances for his client, telling the court this was low level offending and the man had expressed deep remorse through counselling.

Mr Polley said his client had recently had multiple surgeries for cancer including on his bowel and bladder, and was awaiting surgery for tumours in both his lungs.

Judge Burnett described the behaviour as opportunistic and fleeting with quite a degree of persistence.

He did not agree exceptional circumstances had been demonstrated and sentenced the man to two years and three months imprisonment, suspended after four months with an operational period of four years.

He also sentenced the defendant to 18 months probation upon release.



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