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Sex offender gets jail after grabbing young girl at Cairns central

  • Caitlin Drysdale
  • The Cairns Post
  • October 17, 2014 12:11PM

A MAN who brazenly grabbed a 14-year-old schoolgirl in a Cairns shopping centre had faced a Victorian court for a similar sex crime just six weeks before.

Bruce Leslie Brown, 29 was yesterday sentenced to 10 months’ jail after pleading guilty to one count of indecent dealings with a child under 15.

The Cairns District Court heard Brown approached the girl, while she was in school uniform, on May 16.

She was shopping at Coles Cairns Central with her father, but was alone in an aisle when Brown approached her from behind and grabbed her breasts forcefully.

The court heard it caused the girl “intense” pain and she screamed for help.

Brown fled, but was apprehended by other shoppers and held until police officers arrived.

The court heard he had also visited a prostitute on the morning off the attack.

The convicted sexual offender has criminal records in Western Australia, Victoria and New South Wales – all for crimes of a sexual nature.

Just six weeks prior, he faced a Wodonga Court in Victoria over indecent assault charges but escaped jail time.

He was instead given a one-month sentence, suspended for two years. Judge Brian Harrison took a different approach to sentencing the man, acknowledging the “profound effect” the incident had on the victim.

“This is quite a difficult age for any young girl at the best of times without experiencing something shocking like this,” he said.

The girl’s parents were present for the sentencing, with the court hearing the girl was now scared to be alone in public and suffered “social anxiety”.

Brown’s lawyer told the court he had read the girl’s victim impact statement to his client “word for word”.

The sexual offender will spend 10 months in jail, minus the 153 days he has already spent in custody, and will be subject to a probation order for three years after his release.

The order requires him to regularly report to correctional services, take part in counselling, possibly submit to psychiatric treatment and stay in the state.

The court heard a report from a psychologist had labelled Brown as a “high” risk of reoffending.

“You have a very real problem in term of impulse control regarding prepubescent and pubescent girls,” Judge Harrison said.

Brown told the court he himself had been sexually assaulted in the past.

 

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