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Sibling sentenced for child sex offences against brother

A FAMILY has been torn apart and a teenage boy battles depression and anxiety after an older sibling made the boy touch his genitals.

The older sibling was sentenced in Rockhampton's District Court last week after pleading guilty to three counts of incident treatment of a child for offences in 2013 and 2018 in Central Queensland.

Crown prosecutor Samantha O'Rourke said the victim was about eight-years-old when the first incident took place, with the offender being aged about 14.

She said they were in the defendant's bedroom when the older boy took the victim's hand, placed it down the defendant's pants and rubbed the hand against the genitals.

"That was not an isolated incident," Ms O'Rourke said.

She said five years later, they were in the defendant's bedroom again when the defendant grabbed the victim's hand and placed it down his pants.

The court heard the offending was disclosed by the victim to someone at his school.

Victim impact statements of the victim and his mother were read out in court.

"I just want everything to go away and wish it didn't happen," the victim wrote.

He said he had looked up to his older sibling who had broken his trust.

The victim said there were family members who no longer spoke to him.

The court heard the victim has suicidal tendencies and had self harmed.

His mother said it took police 20 minutes to talk her son out of harming himself on one occasion.

"I no longer go out with friends because I worry if (my son) is OK," she said.

Ms O'Rourke said the victim impact statements showed the offending had a severely harmful affect on the victim.

She said there were unusual elements of the case - the offender had been a child sexual abuse victim himself and had an intellectual impairment.

Psychological reports about the defendant's intellectual impairment were provided to the court.

Judge Michael Burnett said in order to protect the community, he would make a special condition on the probation part of the defendant's sentence that he undergo psychological treatment as directed.

"This sort of offending is abhorrent to our community," he said.

"The effect of this offending will be long lasting, if not permanent."

Judge Burnett ordered the defendant to 18 months prison, wholly suspended and operational for three years.

He also ordered the defendant to a three-year probation order with the special condition.

The defendant will also be subject to the sex offenders reporting scheme for the next five years.



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