A convicted sex offender was given the go-ahead last month to undergo IVF treatment with his wife.
The Victorian retail worker, referred to in legal documents as IKG, has a female foot fetish and has previously been diagnosed with Fetishistic Disorder.
According to the Daily Mail , the man was convicted for “indecently assaulting an 11-year-old girl a decade ago”. He pleaded guilty to looking at her thong and kneeling to kiss her foot at a Sydney shopping centre.
The Age reports that, following this incident in 2005, IKG was placed on the Child Protection Register and took part in sex offender programs. However, two years later, he made an attempt to force himself on a female shop assistant in Melbourne.
In April this year, IKG and his wife (a nurse whom he married in 2012) applied to the Patient Review Panel for permission to take part in IVF treatment. But the panel - which monitors IVF applications for people convicted of sex offences - rejected their bid, based on IKG's "predilection for offending against prepubescent girls".
They stated that his crimes were "serious and chronic" and that he was likely to offend again.
However this decision was overturned in a ruling last month by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, following an appeal lodged by the couple. The tribunal said it is "satisfied that IKG is a person whose circumstances have changed materially since the offending conduct and that to exclude him from treatment would be unfair".
According to The Age, the tribunal heard from a psychologist who said that the patient's Fetishistic Disorder was in remission. He told the tribunal that IKG fell into the low risk category for re-offending against a child, based upon his foot fetish being contained by sexual activity with his wife.
The tribunal went on to say that "no barrier to [IVF] treatment exists", and that the procedure "is consistent with the best interests of a child born as a result".