Pedophile asks for and gets more jail time

A PEDOPHILE who didn't think he'd been adequately punished for previous crimes, and who has since confessed to five unreported offences, has had four years added to his prison sentence.

Timothy Michael Wheeler, 29, pleaded guilty this week in the Ipswich District Court to one count of attempted rape and four counts of indecent treatment of a child under 12.

Wheeler had been serving a sentence for child sex offences in the Arthur Gorrie Correctional Facility in Wacol when he told police he had committed a series of other crimes from 2001 to 2010.

He told police he tried to rape an unknown child on Stradbroke Island on January 2001 and indecently treated children in August 2001 in Birkdale, June 2006 in Toowong, in January 2010 in Carina and in 2010 in Logan.

Wheeler made the admissions to police while being interviewed about other accusations that did not lead to charges. No complaints had been made about the offences and none of the victims were interviewed before the sentence.

In March last year Wheeler was sentenced to 18 months in prison, to be suspended for two years after four months, for two counts of indecent treatment of a child under 16, one count of possessing child exploitation material and one count of using a carriage service to access child exploitation material.

Defence lawyer Steve Kissick told the court Wheeler had assured him and his legal team the offences were real - and that his client felt he had not been adequately punished for his crimes previously.

Wheeler told the court he wanted to undergo a nine to 12-month high-intensity sex offender's education program run in the Wolston Correctional Centre.

Describing the case as "highly unusual", Mr Kissick urged the court to give Wheeler a one-year prison sentence to encourage prison authorities to place him in the program immediately.

"The reality is, whatever your honour sentences my client to today, he will do in high probability every day of it," he said.

His submissions were in contrast to Crown prosecutor Chris Cook, who called for Wheeler to be given a four-year sentence.

Judge Deborah Richards said the sentence Mr Kissick was calling for would not reflect the criminality of Wheeler's offending and rejected his submissions.

"You yourself acknowledge you've got a significant problem here," she said in sentencing.

"I accept you are remorseful of what you've done. I've come to that conclusion because of your candid statements to the police.

"You shouldn't be released until the authorities are convinced you've got a handle on your problems."

Wheeler was sentenced to four years prison on Tuesday. He was given a parole eligibility date of November 27, 2014, with 237 days prison declared time already served.



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