Trigger warning : This post deals with a child’s sexual assault and may be distressing for some readers.
In four-and a half years this man could be near your child.
In four-and a half years he could be near my now two-year-old daughter.
In four-and a half years this man could offend again.
But a group of Canberra Mums want to stop him.
The case has caused outrage – justifiably – amoungst Canberra residents. A serial child molester sentenced to just seven-and-a-half years in jail for the public rape of a three-year old girl.
A three-year old girl reading picture books at 1.30 in the afternoon.
Eligible for parole in four-and–a-half years.
It was September when known sex offender Shane Williams was making his way to a police station for his annual sex offender check-in – high on drugs he stopped at Canberra’s Belconnen Library to use the toilets.
The ABC report that he was looking at books when a three-year-old girl – not yet wise on stranger danger – made her way over to him and said hello.
The child’s mother was just metres away using a computer and did not initially notice that her daughter had wandered off.
When her mother looked up her world changed.
Williams had asked the three-year old to sit down. He had removed her pants – and his clothing – and he was sexually assaulting her.
Her mother screamed as she found him crouched behind her daughter.
Williams ran off – but several days later police found and arrested him.
He was known to police – well known.
Williams had been convicted of offences against children five times in the past, and had repeatedly returned to such crimes upon release from prison.
On Wednesday in the ACT Supreme Court, prosecutor Sara Gul described the attack as despicable.
“It’s clear that he is a significant danger to the community,”
“He really is what can only be described as a chronic child molester.”
The ABC report that Williams’ lawyer James Sabharwal agreed the attack was concerning and offered his client’s only excuse that he was both drunk and high on drugs at the time.
“The only saving grace I can put to your honour is that the little girl was not required to give evidence,” Mr Sabharwal said.
Chief Justice Helen Murrell said it was difficult to know if the victim would suffer any future impacts from the assault.
At the time of the rape the “chronic child molester” was on bail for bashing his neighbour.
For both the assault and the rape, Williams received a 25 per cent discount on his sentence for pleading guilty.
25% off the rape of a three-year old girl.
25% off the destruction of a family.
Yes you read that right – 25% OFF HIS SENTENCE.
You can understand the horrified reactions of the community of Canberra Mums on Facebook.