Man guilty of child abuse eligible for parole in October

A MAN was farewelled by a sole friend in Gladstone District Court on Monday before being taken away to serve the first days of an 18-month sentence.

The man was found guilty on three separate indictments, including one count of indecent treatment of a child under 16, under 12; one count of indecent treatment of a child under 16, under 12 (permit); and one count of indecent treatment of a child under 16, under 12 (expose).

Due to the aggravated nature of the offence, a jail term was mandatory, with purposes of rehabilitation, punishment, deterrence and for the protection of the community.

A victim impact statement submitted by the victim's mother was taken into consideration by Judge Paul Smith during sentencing on Monday, and recommended for viewing by the defendant.

Judge Smith also took into account the significant effect of the crime upon the family, the lack of remorse and the opportunistic nature of the crime.

The 18-month sentence was reduced by 58 days due to pre-sentence custody, with the 49-year-old man eligible for parole on October 3.