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Jason Bosworth spared jail for molesting women on popular beach
Jason Bosworth

A MAN who sexually molested two bikini-clad women as they lay sunbaking on a popular south-east Queensland beach has today walked free from court after receiving a wholly suspended 12-month jail term.
The Brisbane District Court was told Jason Darryl Bosworth, then aged 26, first molested a woman by trying to put his hands down her bikini bottoms as she lay asleep, sunbaking on Bribie Island's Woorim Beach, 70km north east of Brisbane, on May 9, 2009.
The court was told Bosworth, by then aged 27, sexually assaulted a second woman, aged 42, by grabbing her breast and "squeezing" while challenging her for not wearing a bikini top as she lay face down, listening to her iPod on the same beach more than seven months later.
Bosworth, now 28, was sentenced to 12-months jail, suspended immediately and two-year's probation after pleading guilty to counts of sexual assault.
Prosecutor Dennis Kinsella said Bosworth's first victim, a woman aged in her "early 50s", went to the beach, stripped down to her bikini, lay down and proceeded to sunbake while other beach goers frolicked nearby.
He said the woman then fell asleep, only to be awoken by Bosworth with his hand on her genital region, trying to put his fingers inside her bikini bottoms.
The court was told the woman kicked out at Bosworth, began screaming loudly and chased him down the beach with a "drink bottle".
Mr Kinsella said police were called, but the woman could only give a general description of Bosworth, who unbeknownst to everyone at the time lived nearby.
He said Bosworth remained undetected until he grabbed the breast of a 42-year-old woman on the same stretch of beach on January 10 last year.
The court was told the woman was lying face down on a towel sunbathing when Bosworth tried to chastise her for not having her bikini top on.
"(Bosworth then) grabbed her breast and squeezed it," Mr Kinsella said.
He said the woman began screaming, while a male beach goer followed Bosworth to his home in nearby Curlew Street where he was later arrested by police.
Barrister Martin van der Walt, for Bosworth, said his client was a disability pensioner and had been medically assessed as suffering a mild intellectual disability.
"It is my submission these offences are strange," Mr vad der Walt said.
"There is no other way to describe this behaviour (of Bosworth's) other than odd."
Judge David Searles, in sentencing Bosworth, said it was a "pretty poor show" when women were unable to sunbake on a public beach without fear of being sexually accosted.
However, he said: "It is obvious to me you (Bosworth) are in need of some professional assistance ... (due to your) mild intellectual disability."

The Courier-Mail (27-4-2011)
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