David Rice was sentenced to at least 9 years for the sexual abuse of children as young as 6 while he was on bail for other child sex offences !
A babysitter who repeatedly sexually abused multiple young girls over three years has been jailed in Western Australia for more than a decade.
David Arthur Rice was aged between 57 and 60 when he committed the crimes against children ranging in age from six to 11. The offences took place between 2002 and 2005, mainly at his home. The abuse included sexually assaulting three girls in front of each other and playing pornographic videos while abusing them.
Judge David MacLean of the WA district court described the offending as brazen, persistent and perverted, and included a degree of degradation to the victims.
“They were very young and you abused that vulnerability,” MacLean said on Friday.
“Further, you were prepared to offend grievously against children in the presence of other children.
“The prosecutor submitted that the sheer level of selfishness and your complete lack of care for such small children and the perpetuation of this type of offending for sexual gratification is staggering.
“I accept the submission.”
While Rice was convicted for abusing five girls, others were involved but their identities were unknown, the court heard. Rice was on bail for other serious offences against children when he committed the crimes, which left his victims deeply traumatised, unable to maintain relationships and engaging in self harm.
He was sentenced to 11 years in jail and will be eligible for parole after serving nine.
How was he allowed to be near children while he was on bail for other child sexual assaults ?
How does someone who has committed so many child sex crimes escape a prison sentence of at least life behind bars ?
One of his victims was 6 years old, raping a child under 10 can land you behind bars for at least 20 years, yet he gets only 11 and is eligible for parole in 9.
What of the victims they can’t yet identify ?
Are they being sought out for counselling ? Not to mention the addition of more charges and more time added to his sentence, hopefully.
He was on BAIL !
Not even parole, but BAIL !
This should never have occurred!
It’s time that our children’s safety took precedence over all.