Victim's mum's fury 'Sicko' still on streets
THE mother of a nine-year-old girl who was indecently assaulted by
doesn't have the heart to tell her that the man the family calls "sicko" is still on the streets.
"She thinks that she's the little police girl, that she saved all the kids," said her mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons.
"We encourage kids to stand up for themselves and then they get let down by the system."
Andrew, 36, formerly of Eurack near Colac, has been sentenced to a 22-month community-based order and must complete a sex offenders program, after pleading guilty to committing an indecent act with the child.
He also pleaded guilty to several counts of possessing and producing child pornography after police found him with almost 35,000 images.
For these offences, Andrew was sentenced to 12 months jail, suspended for two years.
The magistrate cited his supportive family environment as a reason to release him into the community.
The victim's mother approached the Geelong Advertiser to express her outrage at the sentence and her fears that Andrew who had committed a similar indecent act in 2003 might reoffend.
Andrew was known to the family and was found with the girl on his lap while fixing a computer in July last year.
The girl later told her parents that Andrew called her over to him and touched her inappropriately.
"We always thought, he's just a normal human being, maybe a bit slow," the mother said.
"(The assault) could have been a million times worse. I know there's kids out there that have had horrific stuff done to them.
"I just worry about what would have happened if she didn't say anything."
When Andrew left Eurack to live with his father in Pakenham the girl's mother saw images of his house for sale on the internet.
"There were teddies and stuff placed on the shelves. It just looked like a real kid's room. It didn't look like two grown men's house."
Memories of the incident come back to the girl every time her parents talk about a man called Douglas.
"She jumps every time we mention the name Douglas, so that's why we have come up with the name, "sicko".
The Geelong Magistrates' Court heard Andrew spent his formative years in the welfare system where he was subjected to sexual abuse.
When asked his reason for possessing and manufacturing child pornography, Andrew told police, "if you had a childhood like mine, you'd do the same thing".
Geelong Advertiser (28-2-2011)