Jailed man ‘suffers from hypersexuality’

  • From: AAP
  • August 18, 2010 1:13PM

A MAN jailed for trying to procure a person aged under 16 for sex suffers from hypersexuality, a Melbourne court has been told.

Mark Swaby, 57, was found guilty by a Victorian County Court jury of using a carriage service – an internet chat room – for trying to procure a person aged under 16 for sex.

The charge relates to an internet chat room session he had in February 2008 with ‘Lisa’, who was actually an undercover police officer.

Swaby arranged to meet Lisa at Broadmeadows train station in Melbourne’s north. He wore a disguise, brought a digital camera and had alcohol waiting in his car.

In sentencing him on Wednesday, Judge Phillip Coish said Swaby had stated he was engaging in a sexual fantasy and believed ‘Lisa’ to be an adult.

“Your actions were very serious indeed,” Judge Coish said when sentencing Swaby on Wednesday.

“In my opinion, your conduct was predatory.

“Whilst there was no actual victim, your conduct is no less morally reprehensible.”

Swaby was divorced, semi-retired and had been doing contract work for Victoria’s rail authority.

He had been of good character prior to his offending and was a volunteer at the Scienceworks interactive museum, Judge Coish said.

He suffered from hypersexuality and was prescribed a female sex hormone to lower his sex drive.

Judge Coish said Swaby was not a pedophile. He said Swaby suffered from a depressive illness and was at an increased risk of suicide as a result of his incarceration.

He sentenced him to two years and six months in jail. But he imposed a reconnaissance release order that allows for Swaby to be released after 15 months, providing he is well behaved for a further 15 months and complies with a series of conditions.

Swaby’s 85 days in custody will count towards his sentence. He was also placed on the sex offenders’ registry.


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