A SERIAL sex offender with an "uncontrollable appetite" for young boys could be out of jail and living back in Maryborough as early as February.
The Maryborough District Court heard the man, who cannot be named, had offended against a boy in the past and was serving a suspended jail sentence when he targeted a 13-year-old boy with mental health issues.
Crown Prosecutor Dzenita Ballic said what began as a request for the boy to help move furniture developed into an "unnatural passion" and escalated into him performing oral sex on the victim.
While she accepted the man possessed a "low level of intelligence" Ms Ballic insisted he was a "fully functioning adult", whose criminal history showed counselling had "not had a great impact on him".
She said it appeared the accused was on a "declining slope" and likely to reoffend.
Defence barrister Julie Sharp said the accused had suffered child sexual abuse at the hands of his older brother.
She said her client's father was in court and was prepared to provide him with further support.
The man was also charged with two counts of breaching his reporting conditions - the first by having unsupervised contact with a child and the second for failing to disclose the details of his internet connection.
Judge Noud sentenced the man to a total of three years jail, suspended after 12 months.
Taking into account the seven months already served, the man will be eligible for parole in five months.