Stokers man jailed for paedophilia

A STOKERS Siding paedophile has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for the aggravated indecent assault of his six-year-old step-granddaughter.

The man, 62-year-old Arthur John Parker, pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting his step-granddaughter at Emu Plains in 1994.

His step-granddaughter was then in grade two and aged six or seven.

Parker was sentenced this month at Lismore Local Court to 12 months imprisonment with a three month non-parole period.

In an unusual move, the victim, Stacey Taylor, who is now aged 18, has waived the non-publication order that often accompanies paedophile cases, giving permission for herself and the man to be identified.

The DPP prosecutor, Don Sanderson, said Ms Taylor hoped that by allowing the matter to be published openly, more child abuse victims would feel encouraged to prosecute their attackers.

She also hoped that Parker's sentence might deter other paedophiles.

In facts tendered to the court, Ms Taylor recalled how she and her older brothers would often spend the weekend at Mr Parker's home while Ms Taylor's parents, and Parker's wife went to work.

On one occasion, while her brothers were watching a video, Parker told Ms Taylor to accompany him to his bedroom and then locked the door behind them.

Parker ordered Ms Taylor to remove her clothes before indecently assaulting her.

When she started to cry, Parker slapped her and said: "Stop being stupid."

He then threw her clothes at her and ordered her to dress.

Ms Taylor claimed this was not an isolated incident and that she had told a number of her friends.

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