Qld Man Jailed For Abusing Foster Siblings Under 10
A Brisbane man who sexually abused three foster children in his mother's care and another child of close friends with his family has been jailed.
The 26-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, abused the children, all under the age of 10, between 2013 and 2017 in his Northlakes home.
He had two-year relationships with two of his victims.
The man confessed to police at the urging of his mother the day after two of his victims spoke up about their abuse in September 2017.
The man pleaded guilty to two counts of maintaining an unlawful relationship with a child and two counts of indecent treatment of a child.
He was sentenced to nine-and-a-half years in jail after the Brisbane District Court.
His offending was so regular that the children viewed it as normalised, the court heard.
"The concerning aspect is how regular the conduct was," crown prosecutor James Marxson said.
"Complainants were normalised by his conduct. That is, they acquiesced his advances and sometimes approached him."
One of the instances of abuse occurred on a camping trip.
The court heard one of his victims had made threats to self-harm since the abuse.
Others had displayed sexualised behaviour, behavioural problems, social withdrawal and a lack of trust.
In sentencing, Justice Michael Rackemann considered the man's youth, remorse, confession and own history of abuse.
But the judge accepted he was a chance of reoffending "which suggests the need to protect the community from you".
He acted on his pedophilic urges despite seeking help from a psychologist.
"Protection of the community is considerable given (his) awareness of his attraction to children," Mr Marxson said.
"He acted upon those attractions despite having access to that assistance, although that psychologist didn't seem to assist him at all."
The offender will be eligible for parole in March 2023.
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