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    2018 - 07.03

    A 42-year-old man pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool County Court yesterday to two charges of both sexual penetration of a child aged under 16 years and committing indecent acts.A WARRNAMBOOL man who formed a relationship with a 14-year old girl, then married and had two children with her, has received a suspended jail sentence on sex charges.
    Nanjing Night Net

    The 42-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool County Court yesterday to two charges of both sexual penetration of a child aged under 16 years and committing indecent acts.

    Judge Wendy Wilmoth imposed a two-year jail sentence, suspended for 12 months. He was also placed on the sex offenders’ register for life.

    Crown prosecutor Diana Piekusis said that at the time of the offending, about 15 years ago, the man was aged 25 to 27 and the girl 13 to 15 years old.

    They met when he was engaged to another woman, who the man left to start a relationship with the girl when she was 14.

    The charges relate to kissing, touching and sex between them.

    When the girl turned 18 she moved in with the man and fell pregnant. They later married and had two children.

    It is understood they separated after infidelity in 2009 and a statement was made to police in 2012, about the same time Family Court proceedings were taking place.

    In an interview with police, the man said he met the girl when she was 14 and the age difference didn’t cross his mind.

    He said they kissed, cuddled and touched and then started a sexual relationship after she turned 16.

    Defence counsel Marcus Langlois said it was clearly serious offending and there was a significant age gap, but all acts were consensual. While not condoning the man’s actions, he said it was not a one-off fling or chance meeting.

    Mr Langlois said it was significant that nothing was reported to police until 2012.

    “It’s an extremely serious matter. He believed this relationship was forever, just like his parents who were married for 40 years, who also had a 16-year age gap,” he said.

    Judge Wilmoth said the man had been married to the complainant for five years and the significant delay in reporting the incident to police was a mitigating factor. She said the days of girls being eligible for marriage at an early age were well and truly over.

    The judge said the man’s pleasant childhood, with his parents’ being aged 16 years apart and happily married for 41 years, also gave a kernel of insight into the offending.

    In a victim impact statement the complainant said the relationship at such at a young age had left her “hyper vigilant” around her own children.

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