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1:22pm August 7, 2015

Former Families SA childcare worker to spend at least 28 years behind bars over ‘depraved and sickening’ child sex abuse

A former Families SA childcare worker who admitted to multiple child sex and child pornography offences has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Family and supporters of Shannon Grant McCoole’s victims applauded in the South Australian District Court today as he was sentenced.

McCoole, 33, pleaded guilty in February to multiple child sex offences committed over a three-year period from mid-2011 against seven young boys and girls under his care.

He will serve at least 28 years behind bars.

In sentencing McCoole, the Judge Paul Rice said the accused appeared to lack a “moral compass”.

“Some people may describe your crimes as sick, but I prefer evil,” Mr Rice said.

“What is plain is that the impact on these children is not in the past.

“It is immediate and ongoing and continually unfolding as they grow up.”

McCoole was entitled to a 40 percent discount on his sentence due to his guilty plea, but this was reduced to 30 percent in sentencing.

“The extent of you offending is depraved and sickening in the extreme,” Mr Rice told McCoole.

“Only limited weight should be given to your prior good character.

“You had plenty of opportunity to stop.

“To reduce your sentence by the whole 40 percent would be so disproportionate to your offending, it would shock the public conscience.”

The court heard today around 52,000 images and a website made up much of the case against McCoole.

On the site, frequented by at least 1000 pedophiles around the world, McCoole issued “pep talks” on abusing children to his followers.

He listed his occupation as “sex instructor” and his interests as “sex, sex, sex, a bit more sex”.


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