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http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/06/19/13/29/ten-months-jail-for-surf-lifesaver-who-sexually-abused-seven-girls

1:29pm June 19, 2015

Ten months jail for surf lifesaver who sexually 

abused seven girls

Chloe Ross

A former Queensland volunteer surf lifesaver has been sentenced to 10 months’ jail over the sexual abuse of

seven girls as young as eight.

Mark Francis Stafford, formerly of the Surfers Paradise Surf Lifesaving Club, last week pleaded guilty in

Brisbane District Court to a total of 31 charges which took place between 2008 to 2013, the Courier Mail

reports.

The court heard many of the offences occurred over one weekend at his house after he convinced the girls’

parents to let several of them sleep over.

Stafford instructed the girls to paint his naked body, simulated sex with a mannequin and swam naked

in the pool in front of the group, from three Gold Coast families.

He also served the children Midori and encouraged them to watch up pornographic videos, before

explaining what masturbating was and how to do it.

Other charges related to him touching the girls sexually while they showered.

A police search of his home uncovered photos taken on the same day of the girls jumping into the pool.

Stafford admitted to later abusing another one of the girls in her own home while her parents were

in another room.

After being confronted via text message by his eldest victim, who was a teenager at the time, Stafford

threatened to kill himself if she took action.

Stafford was sentenced to three years in jail, suspended after 10 months.

Surfers Paradise Surf Lifesaving Club secretary Scott Andrews said Stafford’s membership was

immediately revoked when the club learned of the investigations.

 

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