Kerry David Yates, 49, was jailed for more than six years today for the vile acts on children who returned sexual favours for cocktails of drugs.
At times the socially isolated loner committed the disgusting acts while other children watched on.
At the time of his offending he was already a convicted sex offender and ignored strict reporting conditions.
He pleaded guilty dozens of offences including sexual penetration, drug and failing to comply with reporting obligations charges.
Sentencing him to six years and three months imprisonment today County Court judge Frank Gucciardo said Yates’ offending had been reprehensible.
The court heard Yates had a sexual offending history that spanned almost 15 years and started with the repeated assault of an eight-year-old girl.
The girl was abused her on a string of occasions at his Melbourne home between 2000 and 2001.
Yates denied the offending but was found guilty by a jury last month of nine counts of sexual penetration of the girl and of acting indecently in her company.
Judge Gucciardo said the offending against the young girl was repeated, brazen and sometimes in the presence of another young child.
“Sexual offences of this nature are repulsive to the community and the community rightly abhors them,” he said.
It took the young victim almost a decade to report the offending to police.
In the meantime Yates was placed on a suspended sentence for assaulting another 13-year-old girl in similar circumstances, again with another child present.
As part of his sentence he was placed on the sex offenders register and ordered to adhere to strict reporting conditions.
Instead he lied to authorities about his contact with children and embarked on a drug-fuelled sex abuse rampage of young girls.
Much of the offending took place in a garage at the back of Yates’ ex-wife’s home, where he was living.
They called him “Papa K” or “Big Kerry” and were aged between 14 and 16.
Judge Gucciardo said he plied them with ice and cannabis in return for sexual favours.
At least one of the girls had never used drugs but became addicted to ice after Yates encouraged her to try it.
Medical experts found no evidence of mental illness or cognitive impairment.
But Yates was found to have pedophilic tendencies and an attraction to young girls.
Judge Gucciardo said Yates became more socially isolated as his drug use increased and had made a deliberate choice to target young girls.
He imposed a non-parole period of four years and three months.
heraldsun.com.au 21 Feb 2014
Would the sentence be any different if it were a child of the law makers community?