Man pleads guilty after creeping into teen's window

A MAN who sexually assaulted a woman in her house pleaded guilty in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court - then tried to deny he had done anything.

Nicholaas Aaron Bailey, 24, was charged with entering the woman's home at night and sexually assaulting her.

Police prosecutor Barry Stevens said the 17-year-old woman was sleeping on a bed in a room on January 6.

The windows were open and there were no screens on them.

About 2.30am a man climbed in the bedroom window and squeezed her on the buttock.

Sgt Stevens said the woman woke up, saw the man and said "What are you doing?"

Police were called and found Bailey at his home about a kilometre away and arrested him.

He has been in custody since then.

After pleading guilty yesterday Bailey, who was in the dock, said: "I don't know why I would have done that.

"I just wouldn't do that."

But Magistrate Deb Vasta told Bailey that was what he had just pleaded guilty to.

"The police say your fingerprints were on the window," Mrs Vasta told him.

She said the problem may be he did not want to admit responsibility.

"This is a really serious offence," she said. "It would have been an absolutely terrifying experience."

Mrs Vasta said similar experiences traumatised people for years.

She said Bailey was on probation at the time for peeping Tom offences.

Mrs Vasta said she took into account the time Bailey had already spent in custody.

On the charge of entering the house she sentenced him to two years jail, with two years parole starting immediately.

On the sexual assault charge she sentenced him to 100 hours community service.

Mrs Vasta also put a curfew on Bailey, and told him he could not be out of his home between 10pm and 6am unless he was accompanied by an approved person.


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