David Rosenstrauss

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Church member abused girls

Article from: Herald Sun

Katie Bice

December 21, 2007 12:00am

A TRUSTED church member handed himself into police and admitted to sex crimes against children dating back 30 years, a court has heard.

David Rosenstrauss, 57, was yesterday sentenced in the County Court to two years’ jail after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting six young girls.

The court heard Rosenstrauss walked into Frankston police station in May, telling them he had been offending since 1977.

But he was able to provide information for police to sustain only nine charges, including one of sexual penetration of a child under 16 and five of indecent acts.

Rosenstrauss made admissions to his wife and began to record his memory of the offences in a diary before being convinced to go to police.

The court heard the offences happened between November 1983 and February 2002 on girls aged five to 14.

He came in contact with at least one of the girls through a Bible study group.

Judge Frances Millane said none of the victims had made formal complaints, one could not be found and others had no memory of the offences.

“What is particularly unusual in your case is that you outed yourself as a sexual offender,” the judge said.

“In keeping with your Christian values, you now seek to purge your conscience by seeking treatment and punishment.”

Rosenstrauss would rub his hands over the girls when he picked them up, had them sitting on his lap or was swimming with them, the court heard.

He told police he got a “thrill” out of the experiences but later felt “rotten to the core”.

Judge Millane said Rosenstrauss had breached the trust and respect of the church parish by abusing girls.

But she said he now had a high level of victim empathy and was unlikely to offend again.

Rosenstrauss was jailed for a maximum of 3 1/2 years.

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  1. Kew says:

    Well this is interesting. I wish we could know what finally motivated him to confess and review his own behaviour. If the victims had not come forward. then we can probably put aside a motive of deciding to confess rather than live in fear that his victims would make a police report. I hope he really has gained some insight and sense of remorse. I feel very sad for his victims, but I also wish him well in setting himself straight and hopefully he will be able to make amends and renew himself.

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