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Gladstone man jailed for sexual assault on child

WHILE a woman sat by her baby's hospital bed, her boyfriend was at home sexually assaulting one of her older sons.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the child, pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton District Court yesterday to one count of indecent treatment of a child under 12 years old and one count of assault occasioning bodily harm.

The court heard that on September 20, 2013, the defendant was heavily under the influence of a toxic mix of alcohol, cannabis and ecstasy.

The man, 28, was meant to be looking after his now ex-girlfriend's two sons while she was tending to her 14-month-old baby in a Brisbane Hospital with a severe bowel condition.

In his summary, Judge David Reid said the man, from Gladstone, entered the room his ex-girlfriend's seven-year-old son was sleeping in and slapped him across the legs.

He did this to try to wake up his ex-girlfriend's son, Judge Reid told the court.

The court heard the defendant then pulled down the boy's trousers and performed a sexually explicit act on him.

Judge Reid said following that, the defendant punched the boy in the head.

The boy received bruises to the head that didn't heal for two weeks.

The defendant's solicitor, Jordan Ahlstrand, said his client was highly embarrassed and deeply remorseful for his actions.

Mr Ahlstrand said the defendant "considered them as his own sons".

Judge Reid told the man to consider his actions seriously.

He was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment.

However, he will be released on parole on November 8.

Topics:  crime, rockhampton district court, sexual assault



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