A parent's worst nightmare is having their child abused by someone they trust, that is what happened to two seven-year-old boys in Perth. The two boys' 19-year-old babysitter, a Sri Lankan immigrant, was convicted of four counts of sexually penetrating a child in 2016. The sexual assaults occurred while Dayanthan Stanley Mohanraj was entrusted with babysitting the boys.
Mohanraj's conviction came after a trial where he was found guilty and sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison, after he serves his sentence he will likely be deported to Sri Lanka. In one of the incidents, Mohanraj showed a boy he was babysitting pornography. He later sexually abused the same boy in a public bathroom.
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Mohanraj threatened to kill seven-year-old if he told his parents what he did. This led to more abuse of the same boy, but the next time would be in a playroom. During Tuesday's trial, the West Australian District Court heard how Mohanraj even attacked both of his victims while they were playing and then told them they had to keep it a secret.
The judge presiding over the case, Judge Vicki Stewart, told Mohanraj that he lacked remorse and was unwilling to accept responsibility for his despicable actions. The crimes he committed against the children represented a serious breach of trust. Judge Stewart told the defendant, "You took advantage of these two young boys. This is abuse of the most serious kind."
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"You were in a position of authority," Judge Stewart continued. "You were trusted to look after these children. You made comments to each boy to secure their silence." Mohanraj immigrated to Australia from Sri Lanka in 2012, but his family's status as refugees was rejected. They are appealing the rejection in the Australian Federal Court.
Mohanraj is expected to serve at least three-and-a-half years in prison before he will eligible for parole, but before he is released he will most likely be deported back to Sri Lanka.
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