A MILDURA man has been sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy, with a psychologist’s report stating he was “likely to forever pose a significant risk of reoffending against children”.
Stephen Olsson pleaded guilty to four charges of committing an indecent act with a child under the age of 16 in a County Court sitting in a Victorian city outside Mildura.
The court heard the now 31-year-old groomed the victim’s mother, who he met on dating website Plenty of Fish in May last year, before he drove hundreds of kilometres to meet her.
Olsson spent time with the boy’s mother before going into his room, where he sexually assaulted the boy over a period of time.
The court heard the victim’s mother contacted police the following morning when the boy disclosed the offence, however Olsson had already left.
Judge John Smallwood said victim impact statements from the mother and boy revealed the assault had caused “a great deal of distress to each of them”.
“Each of them is paranoid, does not want to leave the house, anxious and has created, according to the mother, a degree of social isolation,” Judge Smallwood said.
A psychologist’s report tendered to the court on behalf of Olsson showed a degree of remorse and that he accepted responsibility for his actions, according to Judge Smallwood.
However Judge Smallwood said Olsson had previously received a suspended sentence and a community corrections order for similar offending and had he participated in the sex offenders’ program, all before the most recent offence.
“A worse example of moral culpability is hard to imagine,” he said.
“I am sure there would be but you premeditated this, you planned it, you put your plan to effect over a period of days and on the very first night that you got there.
“I do not know where the mother was, but you sexually abused this child, knowing what the consequences were and having been given a suspended jail sentence for it before.”
The court heard the psychologist’s report revealed Olsson had been assaulted as a child and had a depressed mood disorder.
Judge Smallwood said the report also stated Olsson was a high risk of further offending and “likely to forever pose a significant risk of reoffending to children.”
Olsson was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment with 295 days already served.
He will serve a minimum of three years and four months before he is eligible for parole.
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