Geoffrey Dallas Carson

Posted: October 21, 2012 by Serendipity in Location, Victoria
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Serial Bell Park pedophile given extra six months in jail for attack on boy

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A SEX attack on a seven-year-old boy added six months to a serial Bell Park pedophile’s time in jail yesterday.

Outside court, the victim’s mother and paternal grandmother, who has custody of the now nine-year-old boy, said they were disappointed with the sentence.

“It’s not long enough,” his grandmother said. “Not compared to what (the victim) is going through and how it’s going to affect him when he gets older.”

Geoffrey Dallas Carson, 58, formerly of Willow Cres, Bell Park, pleaded guilty to two counts of committing an indecent act against the child.

The offences happened in September 2006 when the boy spent three nights at Carson’s house, which Carson shared with his wife who supported him throughout court proceedings.

Carson at first denied the crimes after the boy told his grandmother Carson had squeezed his genitals and licked his bottom.

Carson told police he had been playing a game with the child and may have accidentally touched his penis while he was sleeping.

But moments before the boy was due to give evidence at a special hearing late last year, Carson changed his plea to guilty.

In August 2007, Carson was sentenced to three and a half years with a minimum non-parole period of two years for five child sex offences committed in 1994 against a 13-year-old boy.

The County Court in Melbourne yesterday heard he was also convicted in 1995 of sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy in 1994 and had been handed a two-year suspended jail sentence.

In sentencing Carson yesterday, Judge Jennifer Coate said the boy’s victim impact statement had said his heart was broken.

“It’s clear this is serious offending,” she said.

She said Carson, who grew up on a dairy farm in Colac, had ignored earlier wake-up calls to his serial offending but she accepted he was remorseful.

Judge Coate sentenced Carson to 14 months on each count of committing an indecent act on a child under 16 years, to be served concurrently.

She ordered a minimum six months be added to the non-parole sentence he is already serving, meaning he was yesterday eligible for release in two years and 27 days.

The victim’s grandmother said she had been unaware of Carson’s criminal history.

She said her grandson was receiving counselling, suffered from mood swings, and had become aggressive towards his mother.

Carson will serve his sentence at Ararat Prison.


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