A man who indecently dealt with his four-year-old niece between December 2005 and January 2007 has been jailed for three years.
The 39-year-old, who cannot be named because it could identify the victim, pleaded guilty today in the District Court at Geraldton to four counts of indecent dealing with a child under 13.
The court was told he rubbed the girl’s vagina on four occasions, twice at her home and twice at his home, and on the fourth occasion he exposed himself to her.
The man was a diagnosed schizophrenic and a paedophile who was 27 when the offences occurred.
The allegations did not come out until the girl turned 10 and spoke to a school teacher about the incidents, who then contacted the girl’s family.Judge Richard Keen said the pre-sentence report made it clear the man regarded the girl as “an easy target”, and was still fantasising about the incidents.