Man jailed for indecent treatment

AN Alpha man has been sentenced to six months jail after indecently interfering with a child under the age of 16 between October 1, 2009, and July 8, 2010.

Kevin George Wilson, 54, pleaded guilty in the Emerald District Court to one count each of indecent treatment of a child and indecent exposure of a child to a pornographic film.

Crown prosecutor Joshua Phillips told the court the child, who cannot be named, had mowed Wilson’s lawn on an unknown date before going inside his home to watch the nightly news. Afterwards, Wilson played a pornographic film on the television before interfering with the child.

Mr Phillips tendered victim impact statements to the court from the child and his mother which described the psychological impact of the events.

Police were notified of the crime by a friend of the child.

The officers then contacted the child who made a formal complaint.

Wilson initially denied the crime to police conducting the investigation, but later admitted his actions.

Defence barrister Jeff Clarke explained Wilson was drunk when interviewed by police which explained his initial denial, and said the offence was opportunistic.

“He was known to the family for a long time, and in that time there was no breach of trust,” Mr Clarke said.

Judge Grant Britton said it was not unusual for the child to be at Wilson’s home, and accepted the child had suffered as a result of Wilson’s actions.

“It has been accepted by you... the account you gave police suggested the child was partly to blame, which is not correct,” he said.

Wilson was sentenced to 18 months suspended sentence, of which six months was to be spent in actual custody.

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