Ipswich man guilty of sodomising 15yo girl: Appeal failed

A YOUNG Ipswich man has failed to convince Queensland's highest court that a recorded conviction for sodomising a 15-year-old girl was manifestly excessive.

The man, aged 20 when he met the girl, was placed on three years of probation and ordered to complete a sexual offender program, after pleading guilty in Ipswich District Court to sodomy.

His counsel told the Queensland Court of Appeal that he would have great difficulty finding gainful employment even without the burden of a recorded conviction for the offence.

His lawyer argued the sentencing judge acted on the belief a conviction was necessary in order to subject the 20-year-old to reportable offender provisions.

Reference was also made to potential harm of a conviction to the offender's employment prospects for government-sponsored work.

The Crown supported the conviction recording, arguing the offender admitted he sought out younger girls to satisfy his desires and he was yet to complete appropriate therapy to reduce his risk to others.

In a judgment handed down on Tuesday, Justice Robert Gotterson said the sentencing judge was justified in recording the conviction.

The girl, who had not engaged in anal sex before her night at Springfield Lakes with her perpetrator, said the act made her feel "dirty, disgusting and slimy" and caused her pain.

"It was urged on her notwithstanding her initial reluctance," Justice Gotterson said.

"It was personally invasive and painful to her.

"Moreover, (the man's) remark to the (girl) concerning his seeking out girls her age does bespeak some risk of further similar conduct, at least until he has completed appropriate therapy. "

The judgment details the man's "significant disabilities" including a hearing impairment and autism. - ARM NEWSDESK



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