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Sex Offenders' Wrist-Slap Claim

The jail terms of two child sex offenders in Central Australia have drawn harsh criticism from a national child protection organisation.
The Movement Against Kindred Offenders (MAKO), has slammed the sentencing of an Alice Springs musician after hearing he would only serve 10 months of a two-and-a-half year sentence.
Kylie **** from the group said: "It's disgusting really.
"We are talking about a slap on the wrist for him but it's a slap in the face for the victim.
"People have a right to be outraged by it."
Ms **** said the return of another man, a convicted child molester, to Tennant Creek only months after he was sentenced showed the community that these offences would not be harshly punished.
She said: "Light sentencing like this is deterring victims from coming forward."
The director of the Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault, Dr Melanie Heenan, said men who sexually abused family members received more lenient sentences than those who abused strangers.
Dr Heenan said intra-familial sexual assaults were also more common than random assaults on strangers.
She said sentencing might shock community members but judges were limited by legislation.
She said: "A sentence like that (10 months) will sound absolutely preposterous, but they are actually fairly usual."
Dr Heenan said comparing the impact of sexual assault on the victim and the sentencing of an offender would not satisfy the community. She said: "It's a difficult comparison to make because nothing is fair about a survivor having to manage the impact on their life."

Centralian Advocate (5-11-2004)
Eric Tlozek

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Anger At Sex Fiends Return

A pedophile has returned to a small Territory town after serving only seven months in jail.
Peter Cooper, 42, who has three children of his own, is often seen walking around Tennant Creek.
Several of his victims are still living in the town.
He pleaded guilty to molesting four young girls.
Cooper was sentenced to 18 months' jail in March this year with the sentence suspended after seven months.
Magistrate John Birch said he took into account a psychiatric report that said Cooper had very little chance of reoffending and that his rehabilitation prospects were good.
He also reduced the sentence by 30 per cent because of Cooper's guilty plea and his remorse.
The mother of a seven-year-old girl molested by Cooper said she was outraged he had the "gall" to return to Tennant Creek.
"There is no justice in this case," she said.
"Here we have a pedophile who has corrupted the lives of children.
"He was only jailed for seven months and is now back on the streets.
"How does anyone think those girls are going to cope with having to face this creep? It's obscene and very offensive."
The mother grew up at Tennant Creek but has moved to Darwin with her husband and children because it was "too traumatic" to stay.
"I wanted to stay in Tennant Creek because I think it's important for children to have close extended family, to know their grandparents and cousins," she said.
"Now I know I'll never be able to visit Tennant again because I wouldn't ever subject my daughter to the chance of bumping into that vile man.
"It has been very difficult for her to come to terms with this trauma and her healing process has been set back by the fact Cooper received just a slap on the wrist."
Cooper is under the supervision of Community Corrections over residence, employment, associates, counselling and treatment.

Centralian Advocate (Nov 2004)
Eric Tlozek

Sex Predator out Soon

A leading NT musician will be free by mid-2005 after being jailed for sexual offences against two young girls.
Stanley George Satour, 45, was sentenced to 2 1/2 years' jail on Wednesday.
But Supreme Court judge Trevor Riley suspended the sentence after 10 months.
Satour has been in custody since earlier this month, so he will out by August.
Justice Riley told the Alice Springs guitarist he was lucky he was being dealt with under old laws because the NT Government's new sentencing regime was much tougher.
Satour, who played for the Warumpi Band and was employed by CAAMA to teach music on NT communities, committed the offences between 1989 and 1991.
Satour pleaded guilty to getting the girls to masturbate him. He told one of the girls not to tell her mother.
Justice Riley said Satour had showed "no remorse or even concern" for her.
The girl said in a victim impact statement that the abuse had "wrecked" her life.
"She does not trust men," the judge said.
Satour told the other girl that the offences were their "secret".
The girl said she now lacked independence and was reluctant to go anywhere by herself.
Justice Riley said: "Conduct of this kind produces feelings of outrage and revulsion in the community. Such offending is regrettably not uncommon."

Centralian Advocate (Nov-2004)
Eric Tlozek

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