UPDATE 12:40PM | ONE of Australia’s most prominent criminologists will spend just six months behind bars after he was found guilty of repeatedly molesting a young girl over a three-year period.
Paul Wilson, 75, was yesterday convicted of four counts of indecently treating a child under the age of 12 at his Brisbane home in the 1970s following an eight-day trial in the Brisbane District Court.
The court heard the child was just eight-years-old when the abuse first started.
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Following Wednesday’s verdict, the former Bond University professor who was once honoured with the Order of Australia was today sentenced to 18 months jail.
That sentence, however, was suspended after six months, meaning the 75-year-old will walk free from prison after serving just 24 weeks.
EARLIER: A GOLD Coast criminologist is facing the possibility of spending the next two decades in jail after he was found guilty on multiple historic child sex charges.
Paul Wilson, 75, was found guilty on four counts of indecently treating a child under the age of 12 following an eight-day trial in the Brisbane District Court on Wednesday.
The court heard how Wilson committed the offences against a young girl at his Brisbane home between 1973 and 1976.
Wilson had pleaded not guilty to all charges but after deliberating for a little over two hours, the jury returned with the guilty verdict.
It’s the fourth time Wilson’s case has been to trial, with two mistrials and one hung jury.
The now 75-year-old was granted bail overnight to reappear for sentencing today.
The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years behind bars.