A Sydney accountant who paid for sex with teenage girls has been sentenced to at least four years behind bars.
Rino Raymond Mura, who was found guilty in November 2017 of three counts of being a client of a child prostitute and two counts of possessing child abuse material, was sentenced in Parramatta District Court on Friday by Judge Penelope Wass.
Judge Wass said the actions of child prostitution clients such as Mura, who paid for sex with two girls aged under 17, were just as serious as those involved in arranging such meetings.
"Such acts could not occur without clients being willing to engage in sex with underage prostitutes," she said.
Mura was arrested after he went to police and told them he'd been robbed while in his car in a western Sydney car park in 2012.
He made the "embarrassing" admission at the time that a 12 or 13-year-old child prostitute had been in his car as a "prequel" to the robbery, his barrister Marcel Sahade said at an earlier hearing.
Mura told the girl to get out of the car when he realised she was so young, the lawyer said.
The charges for which he's been found guilty relate to two other child prostitutes.
Mr Sahade had argued Mura should be spared jail as it was his decision to go the police that prompted an investigation which led to the arrest of several people linked to the child sex ring.
Judge Wass said on Friday she had not heeded that request, as Mura had not mentioned his offending during his "self-serving" interview with police.
"I do not regard this information to police to be complete or reliable," she said.
Mura claimed he believed the girls he paid for sex had been older than 18 and they appeared to be willing participants in the acts, the judge noted.
The judge found that willingness was not a mitigating factor.
"The court should accept that even when the activity is not opposed by the victim, it will be damaging," she said.
The judge concluded Mura's risk of reoffending was low but stressed the need for general deterrence for crimes of this nature.
Mura was given an aggregate sentence for his five offences, with a non-parole period of four years and maximum of six-and-a-half years.