Jail for pedophile who bribed girls
A man who used cigarettes and cash to entice sexual favors from
four schoolgirls was yesterday jailed for at least six years.
Richard Jongsma, 41, paid hundreds of dollars to the girls, aged
between 14 and 16, and took them shopping at a suburban mall, buying
shoes and underwear.
In exchange, County Court Judge Tom Neesham said, Jongsma received
sexual favours in his car, at a local park and at home. He also
convinced two of the girls to pose for pornographic photographs.
"It is clear that you satisfied your undoubted perversion by
paying them to accommodate you," Judge Neesham said.
Jongsma, of Primula Street, Blackburn North, was sentenced to eight
years in prison with a minimum term of six years.
Earlier this month he pleaded guilty to 17 charges including seven
counts of performing an indecent act on a child under the age of
16, two counts of causing a child to take part in an act of prostitution
and counts of making and possessing child pornography. The offences
were committed between July 2001 and September 2002.
Jongsma met the first girl through an Internet chat room when she
was 14. The other victims were her sister, aged 16, and two school
friends, both 14. It all starts in a chat room and ends up to be
your childs worst nightmare.
Police arrested Jongsma in September 2002 following an anonymous
tip-off. A search of his home revealed an extensive collection
of downloaded child pornography, including images and footage
Judge Neesham described as monstrous. There are plenty of other
sick people out there just like him just waiting to prey on your
children. Watch them on the Internet, it is a very dangerous place
for a child to be alone.
A report from forensic psychologist Jeffrey Cummins tendered during
the plea hearing suggested Jongsma was not a pedophile and was
not likely to reoffend.
But Judge Neesham said Jongsma had lied during his psychiatric
interview and that he could not accept the report. He said he
did not believe Jongsma was remorseful and said the community
needed to be protected from him. Jongsma was sentenced as a serious