Neil Francis Small

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http://www.gladstoneobserver.com.au/story/2009/10/28/pedophile-gets-6-months/

Pedophile gets six months

Amy Glass | 28th October 2009

A BENARABY man who sexually interfered with a young relative had breached the trust between an older man and a child, a court heard yesterday.

Neil Francis Small, 58, yesterday pleaded guilty in the Gladstone District Court to six counts of unlawful indecent dealing with a child aged under 16.

He was sentenced to three years jail but will only serve six months of that sentence.

The offending took place over a 10-month period between December, 2006 and October, 2007 at Small’s home in Benaraby.

Small admitted to six offences against a 10-year-old girl, including performing oral sex on the child, using her hand to masturbate him to ejaculation and showering in front of her and exposing her to his erection.

Small was further charged with rubbing the girl’s breasts under her top and masturbating himself to ejaculation in front of the child.

The court heard Small’s wife was present in the house during at least two of the offences.

Crown prosecutor Clayton Wallis told the court the child had complained to her stepmother about Small’s offending in October, 2007.

Police were contacted and Small made “full and frank” admissions to the allegations.

Mr Wallis said the offending was “quite disturbing”.

“There has clearly been a breach of trust between an older man and a young girl,” he said.

The girl would suffer harm in her later years as a result of Small’s actions, he added.

Defence barrister Ross Summers said his client had become estranged from his wife since the offences came to light.

As an indication of his deep remorse, his client had cooperated fully with police and made detailed admissions, he said.

Judge Nicholas Samios said Small was at a low risk of re-offending.

He sentenced Small to two years in prison, suspended after six months.

There has clearly been a breach of trust between an older man and a young girl.

 

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