Molester didn't work with kids

A CHILD molester who had allegedly been volunteering with children in a remote Aboriginal community did not have any contact with kids on the missionary trips, a court heard.

The man faced Ipswich District Court last month to admit sexually abusing his nine-year-old daughter.

But during sentencing, his defence barrister said the 44-year-old father, who cannot be identified, had been volunteering with a church on missionary trips to remote communities.

“It’s generally during school holidays to give the children out there something to do,” Mr Seaholme said.

Judge Sarah Bradley was shocked and adjourned the case until yesterday when Mr Seaholme told the court the church knew about his client’s offences and he was not working with children.

“He wasn’t required to have a Blue Card and he wasn’t predominantly working with children,” Mr Seaholme said.

The court heard the man molested his daughter while she slept at his home.

During a visit in 2007, the father became intoxicated and climbed into a bed with his daughters, aged 9 and 10. Crown prosecutor Rachelle Logan said the man molested the nine-year-old and held her by the throat but the two sisters fought him off.

Mr Seaholme said his client, who suffered a brain injury due to hospital negligence in 2000 and last year received a $1.2 million payout, found love while in alcohol rehabilitation and was now in a relationship with an employee of the centre.

The man pleaded guilty to two charges of indecent treatment of a child aged under 12 who is a lineal descendant.

He was sentenced to 12 months jail which was wholly suspended for three years, and two years probation.

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