A VILE paedophile branded as one of Australia’s worst child sex offenders has been jailed for more than 40 years.
Ruecha Tokputza, 31, molested and raped more than a dozen babies and children in Australia and Thailand over six-and-a-half years, between June 2011 and his arrest in January 2018.
He pleaded guilty to 50 charges, including sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 14, and was sentenced in the South Australian District Court on Friday.
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Judge Liesl Chapman sentenced Tokputza to 40 years and three months behind bars. The 31-year-old will be eligible for parole after serving 28 years. He’ll be aged in his late 50s.
The Australian Federal Police has confirmed the sentence is the longest ever imposed for child abuse in Australia.
In sentencing on Friday, Judge Chapman described Tokputza as a “child’s worst nightmare”.
“You are a child’s worst nightmare, you are every parent’s horror, you are a menace to the community,” she said.
“Unfortunately there are many like you out there, fortunately you have been caught.”
The 31-year-old, who was born in Bangkok, performed various sexual acts on his victims – some of whom were members of his own family – and in some instances filmed and shared video of the abuse online.
He was also found to have 12,500 images and 650 videos of child-exploitation material in his possession at the time of his arrest in 2018.
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Prosecutor Heath Barklay last month told the District Court Tokputza had only stopped offending because he was caught.
He said the 31-year-old man’s offending was without comparison in Australian legal history.
“It’s hard to think of more serious offending,” Mr Barklay told the court.
“When you look at the constellation of charges, the persistent nature of the offending, the gross breaches of trust … the long duration of the offending … the very young age of the children, the number of victims — 13 at least identified.”
Mr Barklay said Tokputza’s offending was “much more serious” than that committed by notorious South Australian paedophile Shannon McCoole.
McCoole was sentenced to 35 years’ jail in 2015 for sexually abusing seven children and babies in state care.
“The offending in [the McCoole case] lasted about three-and-a-half years, he was sentenced on the basis that he had voluntarily assisted … had written an apology and … was remorseful for his offending,” Mr Barklay said.
“In contrast to this matter, where there are 51 cases, 13 child victims, offending spanning six-and-a-bit years.
“In this case there is no remorse or no apology.”
Tokputza’s lawyer Craig Caldicott had last month urged Judge Chapman to show leniency in sentencing.
“Simply, if we added up all the sentences we’ve got several life sentences,” he said.
“It’s not an easy matter but I would suggest that the sentence be fashioned in such a way that it does give him some hope of being released.”
The District Court of South Australia has today sentenced a man to 40 yrs 3 months imprisonment, with a non-parole period of 28 yrs, for serious sex offences against children. This is the longest sentence ever imposed for child abuse in Australia.
— AFP (@AusFedPolice) May 17, 2019