Victim of sexual abuse molests teen boy
A YOUNG man with a childhood marred by the worst kind of neglect and sexual abuse went on to molest a teen boy every two weeks for two years.
"The (man) told the complainant that it was okay and if he told anyone it wouldn't matter because it was perfectly normal," Crown Prosecutor Ben Jackson told Mackay District Court.
The victim, who was aged 13 and 14, would visit the man, aged 19 to 21, at his Central Queensland home to get marijuana.
Mr Jackson said the sexual contact involved touching and some oral sex, with the majority of the conduct happening to the young teen.
"On one occasion (the man) bought him jewellery and a card for his 14th birthday," Mr Jackson said.
The court heard the man's own upbringing was tragic with Judge Deborah Richards labelling it "about as tough as it can get".
Defence barrister Scott McLennan said the first seven years of his client's life "were characterised by neglect".
The court heard he watched his mother stab another person, while his father was in jail for rape.
"The following six years he spent in foster care; he says that that time was marred by sexual and physical abuse," Mr McLennan said.
Now 22, the frail and skinny man, with slightly hunched shoulders, pleaded guilty to maintaining a sexual relationship with a child, three counts of indecent treatment of a child under 16, forcible entry and common assault.
Police became aware of the offending on May 15, 2018 after the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, confessed his love for the victim to the teen's mother.
"He is the best thing that ever happened to me and I've been sleeping with him for two years," he had told her.
He forced his way into the teen's house saying "nothing will stop me, I don't care about going back to jail" and assaulted the mother.
"It's clear from Instagram messages that you were infatuated with him, you were in love with him," Judge Richards said.
The man has spent 358 days in jail awaiting sentence.
Mr McLennan argued this was not a typical case of exploitation by an older man, who acted in a "predatory, clandestine way" against very young children.
He said his client maintained the victim had been a willing participant and he had returned to the man's home regularly for two years.
Mr McLennan said his client had "had a dreadful time in custody" as he was "deeply unpopular" with other prisoners and the guards and had "been, bashed, threatened with death and sexually assaulted".
Judge Richards jailed the man for three years wholly suspended and placed him on a three-year probation order.
Convictions were recorded and he will become a registered sex offender.