Leslie James Stewart

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‘Sexual predator’ Leslie Stewart jailed


24 Feb, 2012 04:00 AM

A Windang man who molested eight children, including a five-year-old girl, was described as a “true sexual predator” yesterday as he was sentenced to an overall 10 years’ jail for the horrific abuse.

Leslie James Stewart, known as “Uncle Les” to many of his victims, was ordered to serve a minimum seven years and three months for the assaults, which spanned more than two decades.

Sentencing the 64-year-old to jail, Judge Paul Conlon said Stewart was a true sexual predator in every sense of the word.

“The mere recitation of the facts are sufficient to show the extreme seriousness of [his] conduct.

“The offender engaged in a lengthy period of sexual offending against young, vulnerable children … this was a gross breach of trust,” he said.

The offences, which took place in several Wollongong suburbs and in Orange and Mudgee, were committed between 1977 and 2002 and often occurred while Stewart babysat the children.

Judge Conlon told Wollongong District Court most of the victims had been subjected to ongoing sexual abuse and several had experienced degrading acts.

The court heard Stewart had been “unusually frank” in discussing his conduct, admitting to fantasising about young girls and taking advantage of staying with the victims or caring for them to molest them.

The first victim, now 44, was repeatedly assaulted by Stewart between the ages of nine and 12, while her younger sister recalled Stewart driving her to Wollongong Crematorium and assaulting her.

Another victim, now 39, was molested by Stewart at her home when he entered the bathroom while she was naked.

Stewart sexually abused a fourth victim, now 44, while living with her family, regularly entering her bedroom and assaulting her while she was asleep.

Stewart fed ice cream to another girl, who was aged five at the time, before assaulting her for about 10 minutes.

He later exposed himself to a sixth victim while parked in the driveway of her Mudgee home.

A male complainant was aged 12 when Stewart assaulted him outside a Warrawong club and the final victim was assaulted while living with Stewart in Orange.

Judge Conlon referred to a psychiatric report, noting Stewart had shown little understanding of the impact of his actions and would benefit from a sex offender program while in custody.

The court was told Stewart had expressed remorse and had some medical problems.

Stewart pleaded guilty last year to a raft of sex offences, including one charge each of sexual intercourse with a person under 16 and aggravated indecent assault.



Paedophile’s victims speak out

Updated December 14, 2011 13:31:39

Three victims of a sex offender from Wollongong, on the New South Wales south coast, have given evidence at his sentencing hearing.

Leslie James Stewart, 64, pleaded guilty to 12 counts of indecent assault dating back more than three decades.

The charges include sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 10 and non-consensual sex with a 14-year-old girl.

Stewart assaulted eight children between 1976 and 2001 in Wollongong, Orange and Mudgee.

A 23-year-old woman said Stewart had abused his position of trust and as a result she had battled with drugs, had attempted suicide and struggled as a mother to her two children.

In seeking a shorter sentence, his lawyer said Stewart had held a job at Wollongong City Council for 25 years until he was diagnosed with epilepsy.

Stewart is due to be sentenced in February next year.


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