Man guilty of indecent child assault releasedABC - February 13, 2009, 8:46 pm
A Northern Territory man has been released from jail after spending one night on remand for indecently dealing with an eight-year-old girl.
The maximum penalty for the offence is 14 years' jail.
The Northern Territory Supreme Court heard the eight-year-old girl tried to pull her hand away as her stepfather held her wrist and made her touch his genitals.
Two days later she also tried to pull her dress down when the 37-year-old man indecently touched her. The court heard he also 'french kissed' her.
The child no longer lives with him and her mother.
On Wednesday, a jury found the man guilty of two counts of indecently dealing with a child and he was taken into custody.
Justice David Angel described it as "a gross breach of trust".
But he released the man yesterday after suspending his two-year sentence after one night in remand, saying the man was not at risk of re-offending.
He encouraged the man to go back to work in a part-time capacity, rather than staying at home with his children.