A 32-year-old Alfredton man who sexually abused an underage girl over a three-week period has been sentenced to eight years in jail.
Kyle David Kennedy was sentenced in the Victorian County Court on Thursday, with Judge Liz Gaynor describing his offending as extremely serious.
He will be eligible for parole in six years and was placed on the sex offender’s register for life.
“In my view this is extremely serious offending even of its type. It contains a number of aggravating features. Firstly the complainant was a very young child, extremely vulnerable and there was a great disparity between your age,” Judge Gaynor said.
“The offending involved the infliction of pain which I am satisfied was known to you. The complainant was told to remain silent or she would be in trouble.”
Judge Gaynor said she accepted Kennedy was remorseful, had a good work history as a machine operator and had limited priors.
But she said, “the mitigating factors however, in my view, pale into significance against the aggravating features and the truly appalling offending you carried out against this little girl”.
Kennedy pleaded guilty in March to two counts of sexual penetration of a child under 16 and one count of an indecent act with a child under 16.
The sexual abuse, which included digital penetration and oral sex, occurred in Sebastopol between May 1 and 18 last year.
Kennedy had told the girl not to tell anyone about the sexual abuse or she would get into trouble.
He started viewing pornography when he was 10 and told his psychologist the offending against the girl was sexually motivated.
Kennedy has already served 459 days in custody.