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Mandatory sentencing for paedophiles

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Today in Queensland, Australia, (13.4.2017) another pedophile has been let off without jail time despite admitting to sexually abusing an 8 year old girl over a period of two years in the late 1970's. 

Edward Sawden, 69, was given a wholly suspended two-year prison sentence at the Southport District Court on Thursday after pleading guilty to eight counts of indecent treatment of a child under 16. The ex-competitive surfer admitted to touching and digitally penetrating the girl at several locations including while swimming and in his bed.

After the girl's mother discovered his abuse, Sawden first confessed to his local church and also admitted he'd committed the offences to the Department of Child Services sometime between 1981 and 1982, the court was told.

Despite those revelations, no police investigation into Sawden's activities was launched at the time.

Judge David Kent, who said Sawden's remorse, age, poor health and the time passed since the offending was committed were all factors in his sentence, said the lack of response by authorities was a sign of changing attitudes towards such crimes.

We have had enough of our children being sexually abused, we have had enough of a judiciary that uses length of time since abuse, contrition and 'differing social attitudes' as an excuse for destroying the innocence and lives of defenceless children. We will not tolerate it again. 

This is not the only instance of the Australian judiciary letting convicted pedophiles off with no jail time. It is unacceptable. We demand mandatory jail time for pedophiles.

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