A man on a bond for indecently assaulting a boy was trying to "challenge himself" when he later unlawfully sought work as a babysitter, a court has been told.
Jason Bryan Michie posted an ad on the Gumtree website seeking the work, falsely claiming to have a police certificate to work with children, prosecutor Patrick Hill told the SA District Court on Thursday.
At the time, Michie was on a good behaviour bond after receiving a suspended eight-month jail term for indecently assaulting a seven-year-old boy he was babysitting.
His lawyer, Craig Caldicott, told the court the babysitter ad was "a naive attempt" by Michie to challenge himself, placing himself in a situation to show he was not a monster and could be trusted.
Michie, 26, was facing a sentencing hearing after pleading guilty to various offences, including an aggravated charge of possessing child pornography.
After being given the bond for the indecent assault last year, Michie was placed on the sex offender register and banned from working with children.
His admitted offences include failing to comply with his reporting conditions and applying for child-related work.
Michie became a volunteer with an Adelaide surf lifesaving club and the Country Fire Service (CFS).
Mr Caldicott submitted that Michie, who had "unresolved issues" from his childhood, does not objectively realise he has an attraction to children and needs intensive counselling.
Mr Hill said the most serious offence involved the child pornography images found on a USB stick and laptops.
He also noted Michie continued to offend after being given suspended sentences and placed on bonds.
"The prospects of rehabilitation are, in my submission, quite low," he said.
At an earlier hearing when Michie was representing himself, he said he didn't deserve legal aid because it was "not for kiddy touchers".
Judge David Smith will sentence Michie on November 27.