March 13, 2015, 11:50 am
A Northern Tasmanian man has been sentenced to 14 and a half years in prison for a string of sexual and drug offences against children.
In sentencing, Supreme Court Justice Robert Pearce called the crimes "abhorrent and appalling".
The man pleaded guilty to five counts of maintaining a sexual relationship with a young person, as well as possessing and producing child exploitation material.
The court heard the five children were in the care of the man and two others when the offending happened over six years until mid 2013.
The court heard the 38-year-old would use the drug methylamphetamine to keep the children awake during the offending.
In sentencing, Justice Pearce outlined how the children had profound and ongoing psychological problems.
"The children were all afraid of the defendant," he said.
"The psychological impact on the children [is] profound."
"The children were robbed of the loving childhood they should have expected."
Justice Pearce said the man produced videos and images that "are disturbing and difficult to watch".
He said the need for rehabilitation was "far outweighed" by the need for condemnation and deterrence.
Does he mean rehabilitation of the children or of the pervert? One would think he must mean the latter otherwise the statement wouldn't make a lot of sense. But the need for protection of the children, both victims and potential, future victims 'far outweighs' the rehabilitation of the pedophile. He should never be allowed to walk free again, ever!
The man will be eligible for parole in 10 years.
Personally, I think any pedophile guilty of any form of penetration of a child ought to be locked up for life unless they can prove they are no longer attracted to children in which case they might be considered eligible for parole at some point.
An offence, with or without penetration, committed on parole would result in the pervert being sent back to prison with no chance of parole or release for the rest of his life.