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Former school teacher Mark Clive Wildy jailed for child sex offences
Philanthropist, former teacher and scout leader Mark Clive Wildy has been jailed for abusing a child.
The District Court yesterday ordered Wildy, brother of radio personality David, serve a minimum 18 months jail for child sex offences committed 30 years ago.
Judge Mark Griffin said although Wildy did not groom his victim or set out to make him amenable for sexual acts, his crimes were "repugnant" and general deterrence was a significant factor in sentencing.
A jury previously found Wildy guilty of two counts of indecent assault, one of attempted unlawful sexual intercourse and two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse. Judge Griffin said Wildy had become the "one stable character" in his victim's life.
"He looked to you more and more for support," Judge Griffin said.
The court previously heard Wildy was once deputy principal of Our Lady of the Manger Catholic Parish School and later worked for the Global Education Centre. Judge Griffin said Wildy had shown exemplary characteristics in all aspects of life since the offending.
He sentenced Wildy to four years' imprisonment with an 18-month non-parole period.
A court previously heard Wildy is challenging his conviction through the Court of Criminal Appeal.
Former Catholic school teacher Mark Wildy found guilty of child sex offences
Convicted sex offender Clive Wildy maintains he is innocent of any wrongdoing.
He is a former Catholic teacher and university lecturer, a charity worker who raises funds for children and the brother of radio
personality David Wildy.
Mark Wildy was due to be sentenced in the District Court yesterday for multiple unlawful sex acts.
His lawyers, however, asked that sentencing be adjourned so Wildy can challenge his convictions in the Court of Criminal Appeal next week.
Wildy, 53, of Semaphore, stood trial in February.
A jury found him guilty of indecently assaulting a youth at Newton between July 1977 and December 1980.
It also found him guilty of having unlawful sex with the youth at Klemzig between January 1983 and November 1984.
The court has heard Wildy was the deputy principal of Our Lady of the Manger Catholic Parish School from 1978 to 1992.
In 1995 he began work with the Global Education Centre, which provides professional development for teachers.
The court heard Wildy had drafted educational programs for Adelaide City Council, Oxfam and Save the Children.
He has lectured at the University of South Australia and Flinders University, and is a founding trustee of the Hackett Foundation,
which raises $200,000 annually for children's charities.
During submissions in April, David Edwardson, QC, for Wildy, said his client had lived an "exemplary" life.
"It's almost impossible to believe that this man is capable of this type of offending," he said.
"These guilty verdicts are tragic ... because they are entirely inconsistent with the way he has lived his life for the last 30 years."
Prosecutor Jim Pearce, QC, disagreed. "It's important to stand back and distance oneself from phrases like 'it's impossible to believe'," he said.
"It's because they are (considered) good, decent people that others put their trust in them, facilitating the opportunity for (sex crimes)."
Wildy's lawyers asked yesterday that sentencing be adjourned until after the appeal had been heard. Judge Mark Griffin agreed and remanded
Wildy on continuing bail until August.
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