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Mayfield pedophile stole girl’s future, jury hears

15/10/2009 9:41:00 AM

A CONVICTED pedophile who took photos of genitals of girls as young as 14 months old has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Raymond Colin Smith, of Braye Street, Mayfield, was sentenced in Newcastle District Court yesterday to eight years’ jail with a non-parole period of six years.

Smith, 48, who has been in police custody since August 2008, will be eligible for parole in August 2014.

Judge Ralph Coolahan handed down sentences totalling almost 22 years for 14 charges relating to indecently assaulting and photographing young girls, but Smith will serve them concurrently.

He also received 18 months after he pleaded guilty to taking the photos in and out of the country on his computer, and eight months for breaching a child protection order, also to be served concurrently.

The court heard Smith took photos of the genitals and torsos of four girls aged between 14 months and 11 years old between 2004 and 2008.

In victim impact statements read by Judge Coolahan one of the victims said she felt terrible about herself and did not feel happy.

Another said she felt miserable and Smith had “stolen her future”.

Handing down the sentence, Judge Coolahan said all of the evidence pointed to the fact that Smith was, and remained, a pedophile.

“The right of a child to grow up without sexual interference from an adult should be regarded as sacrosanct,” he said.

“The offences are obviously very serious and involved a gross breach of trust.”

Smith pleaded not guilty to the first 14 charges.

During the trial Smith told the jury the images were taken for medical reasons and in accordance with American Medical Association guidelines.

Smith was jailed for three years in 2002 for indecently assaulting two six-year-old girls in the Philippines.

Before that he was convicted in Queensland of taking an indecent photo of a child.


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  1. sf says:

    Hate him. Stole my innocence

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