Carl Darren Lewis

Posted: December 17, 2012 by Serendipity in Registered Sex Offender, Tasmania
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http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2011/08/31/257701_scalesofjustice.html

Jail for sleepover assault

MATT SMITH   |   August 31, 2011 12.01am

A TEENAGE girl who had felt safe was left angry and distressed after being indecently assaulted by a stranger during a sleepover at a friend’s home, a Hobart court heard yesterday.

Carl Darren Lewis, 37, of Glenorchy, pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court in Hobart to one count of indecent assault.

The court heard that the girl aged 16 was sleeping over with other girls at a friend’s house on November 21 last year.

Lewis, who was visiting the house for a birthday party, left and went into Hobart with other men.

As the group’s designated driver, he had returned to the house about 2am to return car keys.

He went inside the house and saw the girl sleeping on a mattress just inside a bedroom.

Justice Helen Wood said the girl awoke to discover Lewis indecently assaulting her. She was frozen with fear.

“She made an immediate complaint,” Justice Wood said. “She was shaking and hysterical.”

Lewis’s lawyer Craig Rainbird had asked Justice Wood to consider a suspended sentence.

However, Justice Wood said the crime was disturbing and one the complainant would struggle to cope with.

She said it was necessary to impose a sentence as a general deterrent.

Justice Wood sentenced Lewis to 15 months in jail, backdated to July 20, when he was first arrested. He will be eligible for parole in March.

His name will be put on a sex offenders’ register and he must report to authorities for eight years.

 

http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2011/07/21/247151_scalesofjustice.html

Man admits assaulting girl

DAVID KILLICK   |   July 21, 2011 12.01am

A MAN who performed a sex act on a sleeping teenager was unable to explain his actions, the Supreme Court has heard.

Carl Darren Lewis, 37, of Glenorchy, pleaded guilty to indecent assault yesterday.

Crown Prosecutor Allison Shand told the court the 16-year-old girl was having a sleepover with other girls at a friend’s house on November 21 last year.

Lewis, who was visiting the house for a birthday party, left and went into Hobart with other men.

Around 2am, he returned to the house and noticed the girl sleeping on a mattress just inside the door of a bedroom.

The court heard the girl woke to discover Lewis indecently assaulting her. She pushed him away and ran from the room. He followed, briefly stared at her then fled the house.

The girl told the court the attack had left her with sleeping difficulties and anxiety.

“I couldn’t understand why a man who has a partner and children not much younger than me could do such a thing,” she told Justice Helen Wood.

Ms Shand said Lewis had prior convictions for drug offences and assault and his victim had been severely affected by Lewis’s action.

“This has had a devastating impact on her life,” she said.

“Particularly relevant, in my submission, is that this occurred in a place she felt safe. She was staying the night at a friend’s place and was awoken when this occurred.”

Defence lawyer Craig Rainbird said his client was currently unemployed but had a job lined up in New South Wales, starting today.

“I am instructed that the event that occurred was unplanned, was spontaneous, he immediately desisted,” Mr Rainbird said.

“He is unable to explain his thought process as to why it occurred, he has no prior record for this sort of conduct.”

He said Lewis was a loving family man who had never been to jail before and urged that his client be handed a suspended jail term.

Justice Wood remanded Lewis in custody until she passes sentence on August 11.

 

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Comments
  1. Josh says:

    This guy currently sells ice cream to children in the pink ice cream van that gets around hobart ?wtf that’s pathetic, the Australian system is f#$%ed

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