Colin John Crawford

Posted: October 23, 2012 by Serendipity in Location, Queensland
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http://www.qt.com.au/story/2010/07/26/boy-abuse-predator-Colin-John-Crawford-jailed/

Boy abuse predator jailed

Felicity Caldwell | 26th July 2010

A CONVICTED pedophile who was investigated in relation to the disappearance of Daniel Morcombe has admitted indecently touching a boy in Ipswich.

Ipswich District Court heard Colin John Crawford, 39, had a shocking history of sexually abusing boys and was ordered to be “chemically castrated” as part of his last probation order.

But Crawford’s depo-provera injections stopped when his probation order finished and his urges returned, a court was told.

Crown Prosecutor Nicola Howard said Crawford was working at Domino’s Ipswich in February last year when three brothers aged 10, 11 and 14 came in to buy a pizza.

Crawford offered to drive the boys to the Queens Park animal enclosure, where he offered the 10-year-old and 14-year-old pizza in return for sexual favours.

Ms Howard said Crawford cuddled and rubbed the 10-year-old first to reassure him because he knew he was going to ask a “strange question”.

The boys refused his advances and Crawford offered them pizza not to tell anyone.

They accused Crawford of being a pedophile but he said: “If I were a pedophile I would take it from you, I wouldn’t ask”.

The boys left and told their mother but later returned to the store to receive their free pizza.

Crawford pleaded guilty to indecent treatment of a child aged under 12 and attempted indecent treatment of a child aged under 16.

He was sentenced to 18 months jail but he will be released after six months on a suspended sentence for two years.

Upon his release, Crawford will be on probation and will be required to attend psychiatric counselling and medical treatment as requested.

Ms Howard said Crawford was also convicted of four previous offences involving boys over the past 15 years.

When he was 22 years old, Crawford touched two boys aged nine and 11 and he was given two years probation, but he breached the order by following another boy into a toilet.

In 2001 Crawford, who often invited boys to his home to play PlayStation, was convicted of offering a nine-year-old boy $15 and sexually assaulting him and was given 18 months jail.

In 2005 Crawford admitted approaching an 11-year-old boy on a street and touching him before the child fought back and flagged down a passing motorist.

He was given three years probation after serving 15 months in prison waiting to be sentenced.

But when the probation order finished, a doctor told Crawford he no longer needed the injections and the urges slowly returned.

Defence barrister Geoff Seaholme said Crawford should not spend any time behind bars for his latest crimes.

But Judge Gregory Koppenol said courts needed to send a strong message to the community that similar behaviour would not be tolerated.

 

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