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DPP v Gleeson [2022] ACTSC 309

The offender was sentenced following a plea of guilty to 1 count of using a carriage service to transmit indecent communications to a person between 10 and 16 years of age contrary to s 474.27A of the Commonwealth Criminal Code. Offender also sentenced for 4 counts of territory child exploitation offences and 1 count of contravening a family violence order.

Nature and Circumstances: Victim was a 14-year-old girl who was a vulnerable child susceptible to the predatory behaviour of offender. Offending was a little below a medium level of severity.

Antecedents: Offender grew up in a home frequented by drug users. Offender’s father physically abused them and exposed them to drugs. Offender has been diagnosed with depression and takes and anti-depressant medication.

Offender sentenced to 11 months imprisonment for the federal offence as amended in DPP v Gleeson (No 2) [2022] ACTSC 311.
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