Canberra man who planned to molest child in UK avoids jail

Updated September 28, 2017 15:25:08

A Canberra man who pleaded guilty over his plans to fly to the United Kingdom in order to molest a child will not serve his sentence behind bars.

Nathan Sertori, 36, was stopped from boarding an international flight at Sydney Airport in 2016.

Sertori had made contact with a police officer posing as a 14-year-old online and had discussed arrangements to meet in Britain.

Justice John Burns told the court Sertori had engaged in highly sexualised discussions with someone calling themselves Sadie, who was 14.

Justice Burns said the offences were serious and called for a jail term, but there was a question about how that should be served.

He also had questions about whether Sertori intended to carry out the crime at the time of arrest, since the communication stopped well before he was due to fly to the UK.

Justice Burns said he had given weight to Sertori’s efforts at rehabilitation.

“I accept your have shown real contrition both by the way you have engaged in rehabilitation and your pleas of guilty in relation to this matter,” he said.

Sertori pleaded guilty to the offences and was placed on an intensive corrections order for two years and 10 months, and has been banned from using the internet.

Topics: courts-and-trials, law-crime-and-justice, child-abuse, community-and-society, canberra-2600, act, australia

First posted September 28, 2017 14:57:53