Abuse Turned Boy Into Rapist
A 12-YEAR-OLD Brisbane boy who became a sexual
predator after suffering more than a year of serious
abuse at the hands of two pedophiles was yesterday sentenced
in the Brisbane Children's Court to detention and three
The boy, now aged 13, pleaded guilty last month to four
counts of rape against his younger sisters between December
2003 and April 2004 and the unlawful carnal knowledge of a
13-year-old blind girl in the grounds of a southside high
school in June 2004.
The court heard the boy, who cannot be named for legal
reasons, had been abused by two pedophiles almost daily
for 18 months after he came to their attention as a
10-year-old at a local library and was lured back to
their home with the promise of a BMX bike.
The boy was used as a "rent boy" by the 50-year-old man
and his 29-year-old partner, and was paid up to $100 to
perform or allow various sexual acts including sodomy,
group sex and oral sex. He was filmed while engaging in
The men, who cannot be named, pleaded guilty in the Brisbane
District Court last month to 10 offences against five boys
committed between 1995 and 2004.
This included two counts of maintaining a sexual relationship
with a child, which can attract a life sentence.
The men's offences came to light only after the boy was investigated
by police for the offences against his sisters.
Judge Ian Wylie last week sentenced the 50-year-old man to 10
years' jail and the 29-year-old man to 11½ years' jail.
Yesterday the Brisbane Children's Court was told the boy, who
has been in detention since June 2004, had responded well to
therapy for depression and anxiety, but would need complicated
and detailed therapy.
The court heard the boy was "sexually precocious and
sophisticated" and medical experts said there was a
moderate to high risk he would re-offend if he were not
Defence barrister Renae Kirk said her client, who would
be under the care of the Department of Child Safety for
at least the next two years, had accepted responsibility
for his actions.
Ms Kirk also said the boy would continue schooling through
Distance Education and would complete a program specifically
designed for childhood sexual offenders. There also were hopes
he would undergo supervised re-integration with his family.
Judge Milton Griffin said that this was an "extraordinary" case
that demonstrated the " results" of behaviour learnt at the hands
of pedophiles, and it was "the worst sort of case" he had seen in his
Judge Griffin said that the teenager's rehabilitation must be
considered a "very high priority" but it also had to be balanced
against the need to protect the community. Judge Griffin
sentenced the boy to three years' probation and 607 days'
detention, but declared that 415 days had already been served.
No convictions were recorded.
The Courier Mail (16--8-2005)