Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Child Rapist Invited To Kindy

Brisbane, Au -- A pedophile and rapist, jailed this month for 15 years, played in a band at a Brisbane kindergarten family day while out on bail. The man, then awaiting trial for sex offences involving his stepdaughter which began when she was 12, even got a certificate of appreciation from the kindy.

He was taken to the fete in September by a Lutheran pastor and his wife, who put up a $20000 surety and provided a place for him to stay to guarantee his release on bail. The certificate was signed by the pastor's wife, how was on the committee of the Centenary Christian Kindergarten and Preschool at Middle Park, on Brisbane's southside.

The man, 41, was jailed for 15 years two weeks ago, after a jury found him guilty of 10 offences including maintaining a sexual relationship with a child under 16, two rape offences, indecent treatment of a child and assault cousing bodily harm. Brisbane District Court Judge Garry Forno said the man used the girls as a"constant source of sexual gratification".

One of the rapes resulted in the stepdaughter, than and adult, becoming pregnant.

A kindergarten spokeswoman said she was unaware the man was facing sex charges at the time.

The Courier Mail

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