Sex offender will do time

CONVICTED paedophile Raymond William Myles will have his D-day on February 1.

That's when the Repton 50-year-old will be sentenced in the district court after pleading guilty to 16 child sex offences.

Judge Phillip Bell told Coffs Harbour District Court yesterday it was acknowledged Myles would be going to jail.

He was convicted on four counts of aggravated indecent assault, seven counts of homosexual intercourse with a person aged between 10 and 18 years, three counts of attempted homosexual intercourse with a person aged between 10 and 18 years, and two counts of intercourse with a child aged 16 to 18 under special care.

A statement of facts tendered to the court this week said the offences against the two boys, who can not be identified, started when they were about 13 and continued for a number of years. They covered the years 1994 to 2004.

"The prisoner was at the time of those offences a man aged in his 40s and a respected member of the Coffs Harbour community, being involved in activities such as surf club activities, swimming training and ballroom dancing," the statement said.

Part of Myles' affidavit read in the court on Wednesday said: 'I deeply regret my involvement in each of the offences. I understand that in acting the way I did, I committed a gross breach of trust'.

"He is in a situation where his career is at an end . . . his marriage, too. Obviously these things are brought on himself by his behaviour," defence barrister Peter O'Connor told the court yesterday.

"He had a long and respected career as a teacher."

Mr O'Connor asked the court to take into account Myles had pleaded guilty and had shown remorse for his actions, had no record, was of good character, was unlikely to reoffend and had good prospects for rehabilitation.

His client would also be undertaking ongoing counselling, and it was anticipated he would serve his sentence in protective custody.

"Don't impose a sentence which crushes him," he said.

Crown prosecutor Nick Harrison said Myles had engaged in ongoing contact with the victims 'as and when available for sheer sexual gratification'.

"There is a grooming process taking place," Mr Harrison said.

Judge Bell said there would be a 'significant reduction' in the sentence because Myles had shown remorse and had saved the victims the trauma of giving evidence, giving them 'great relief'.

Myles will remain in custody until he is sentenced.

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