Child sex offender jail term cut

  • Jordanna Schriever, Court Reporter
  • The Advertiser
  • December 22, 2010 12:30AM

A DECISION to cut a paedophile’s sentence is “bittersweet” the mother of an abused child says.

Timothy Pottage, 44, sexually abused a girl, 8, while her brother watched helplessly in March last year. In July, he was jailed for 12 years, four months and 20 days with a non-parole period of 10 years and 12 days.

In sentencing, District Court Judge Rauf Soulio declared Pottage a serious repeat offender.

The Court of Criminal Appeal yesterday reduced the sentence to nine years with non-parole of seven years and two months. It upheld the ruling he was a serious repeat offender.

The mother of the girl, who was in court to hear the ruling, said it was “bittersweet”.

“I’m happy the serious repeat offender declaration stands,” she said. “Hopefully that means he will have to be monitored in the future, but the fact is he’s going to get out one day.”

Repeat child sex offender jailed for a decade

Updated Tue Jul 20, 2010 12:34pm AEST

A man jailed for child sex offences has been declared a serious and repeat offender by the Adelaide District Court.

Timothy Richard Pottage, 44, pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse involving an eight-year-old girl last year while her nine-year-old brother was present.

Judge Rauf Soulio said Pottage had taken the children to visit his horse without telling their parents.

The judge declared Pottage a serious and repeat offender because he was on parole when he committed the crimes.

He had been in jail for indecently assaulting a girl, 11, in front of her mother and siblings after he went into her house at night through an unlocked door.

Judge Soulio jailed Pottage for at least 10 years for the latest offending.

He noted Pottage wanted to transfer to Western Australia, citing that it had a better sex offender treatment program.

The judge told Pottage to speak to his lawyer about that.


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