Child abuser given 27 months in jail

Last updated 05:00 21/12/2012

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Convicted paedophile Grant Allan Selby has escaped a sentence of preventive detention after undergoing intensive sexual abuse counselling.

In the High Court in New Plymouth yesterday Selby, in his late 40s, was instead sentenced to 27 months jail.

Sentencing for Selby was postponed following his trial to allow him to undergo rehabilitation at New Plymouth's Safer Centre.

Yesterday, Justice Paul Heath rejected preventive detention as a sentence.

He now believed that Selby, who had an intellectual disability, was remorseful and gave him credit for his efforts at rehabilitation.

Justice Heath said that with support mechanisms in place Selby's risk of reoffending would be low.

Selby admitted one charge of sexual violation of a 15-year-old girl at his New Plymouth home after buying her and her 12-year-old male relative beer and was found guilty at trial of a second count.

At trial he admitted having sex with the boy but was not found guilty of his sexual violation.

Justice Heath said he found it most chilling at trial Selby's factual and emotionless description of what happened.

"It was clear he had no understanding of why his actions were wrong and the impact on the complainants."

His co-offender, Bruce Charnley, also in his 40s, was given preventive detention with a minimum jail term of five years during an earlier sentencing this year.

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