Child rapist jailed after more victims come forward

A CONVICTED child rapist who last year sent a letter from prison to his victim has been sentenced for more offences against children.

Christopher John McCoy, 24, was this morning jailed for nearly six months for offences against boys at Caloundra between 2009 and 2011.

McCoy was jailed in January last year for offences against an eight-year-old boy which occurred in 2013.

He served nine months before being released in October to live with family in the Toowoomba area.

It was during this time in prison when McCoy sent a letter to the 2013 victim's family, which angered the victim's mother.

A CONVICTED child rapist who last year sent a letter from prison to his victim has been sentenced for more offences against children.
A CONVICTED child rapist who last year sent a letter from prison to his victim has been sentenced for more offences against children.

It was also while he was serving his nine months in jail last year that allegations from previous victims came to light.

The allegations resulted in seven charges of indecent treatment of a boy who was 13 or 14 years old at the time as well as one charge of indecent treatment of another boy who was 10 or 11 years old.

McCoy was 17 or 18 years old at the time of the offences.

Crown prosecutor Greg Cummings said the offence against the younger boy was particularly concerning as McCoy had removed the child from a position of safety to another bedroom and then overcome the boy's resistance to having his clothes removed.

McCoy had also encouraged the boy, who was under his care, to drink alcohol earlier on the night of the offence.

Mr Cummings said it was only after the boy broke free and left the room that things came to an end.

He said while there was some indication of participation from the older victim, the boy was emotionally out of his depth.

Mr Cummings said that was evident from his conference with the victim.

"He is seriously troubled by this whole event," Mr Cummings said.

Defence barrister Dominic Nguyen said his client had tried to enrol in a sexual offenders course while in prison and also while living in the community.

Mr Nguyen said his client had made full and frank admissions to police when interviewed and shown genuine remorse.

McCoy had been visiting a Toowoomba-based psychologist and support worker between being released from prison last year and being taken back into custody late last month.

Judge Robertson acknowledged McCoy had complex psychiatric and psychosocial conditions and had been doing reasonably well during his time in the community.

He said the impact upon the children and their families had been significant.

"It is offending of the vilest kind and calls for significant punishment..." Judge Robertson said.

McCoy was sentenced to 18 months in jail suspended after six months for a period of five years for the offences against the older boy.

He was also sentenced to six months jail and three years of probation for the offences against the younger boy.

The 16 days he had spent in custody since pleading guilty to the offences on October 21 were taken into account as time already served.



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