Type of protection : Granting release

“If he’s abused children he has known since they were babies, what’s stopping him from abusing other children that he does not know.”

The 53-year-old man had been a friend of the family for over 40 years.

But that didn’t stop him from repeatedly abusing the two young girls while they stayed at their grandmother’s house, the NT News reported.

Once in 2015, the Darwin man fondled the then-nine-year-old girl before putting his arm around her.

In 2019, he tried to pull the then-eight-year girl onto his lap, telling her to “be quiet” as he tried to kiss her and put his hand up her skirt.

He appeared in Darwin Supreme Court on Friday after pleading guilty to ten separate counts of indecent dealing with children and violating a child protection order regarding incidents that took place over a four-year period.