Man jailed for rape, indecent treatment of four-year-old
A 27-year-old man who digitally raped a four-year-old girl has been jailed after police found sexual images of the child on his laptop.
Damien James Hilderbrandt was found guilty of one count of rape and five counts of indecent treatment of a child in a trial last week.
On Monday, he also pleaded guilty to a second indictment of possessing child exploitation material.
He was 26 when he digitally raped the young girl and took photos of the act on his mobile phone, saving five images on his laptop.
The second indictment related to an additional 55 images and three movies which were located on his laptop.
While 51 of those images and the videos were cartoon in nature, four of them depicted real photos of pre-pubescent girls in sexual situations.
The court heard that he denied, and expressed surprise, that any images of real children would be on his computer and showed no remorse.
However, Crown prosecutor Alexandra Baker said he told police he needed help after admitting to possessing the cartoon images.
Defence barrister Ross Lo Monaco said Hildebrandt was introverted, shy and spent most of his time inside playing computer games and taking drugs before the offending and was even homeless for a while.
In March last year he was incarcerated, and Mr Lo Monaco said being in prison had transformed him from "a small weak-minded, weak-bodied addict".
"He was angry at the beginning, now he's almost glad he was given this opportunity to change," he said.
"He has been trying to improve himself during incarceration."
He was sentenced to three years and six months in jail for the rape, 18 months for each of the five indecent treatment charges and 12 months jail for possessing child exploitation material.
He has already served almost a year on remand.
The sentences will be served concurrently.