Former school worker guilty of child sex offence
THE former groundskeeper of a Gold Coast private school with a history of sexual offending against children has pleaded guilty to indecently treating a student more than two decades ago.
There's been "no evidence of genuine remorse", said Judge Catherine Muir.
Jason Day, now aged 72, preyed on the school student between December, 1991 and January, 1994, while the boy was aged 14 or 15, Southport District Court was told on Wednesday. The Bulletin cannot legally name the school.
Crown prosecutor Michael Mitchell said Day showed the boy pornography, masturbated in front of him and plied his victim with alcohol and an unknown pill.
The boy passed out, still dressed in his uniform, and woke to find Day - who he had considered a friend - touching his genitals.
The victim told his family in 2017 and made a complaint to police in early 2018.
Day pleaded guilty to three counts of indecently treating a child.
He was previously convicted of indecent treatment and distributing child exploitation material.
Mr Mitchell said when Day was in his early 50s he befriended two brothers, aged 13 and 15 and touched their genitals, and twice tried to pull down the pants of another 15-year-old boy.
Defence barrister Jason Buckland said Day has been living with prostate cancer, diabetes, a personality disorder and other issues.
Mr Buckland conceded there's been "no rehabilitation". but indicated Day had lost his sex drive.
Day was himself sexually abused as a child, Judge Muir said.
She was forced to sentence Day on the penalties available at the time of offending.
Day was sentenced to 2.5 years jail with immediate parole eligibility.
He had already spent 372 days locked up.
It's unlikely he will be released in the near future, Mr Buckland said.