Bendigo child abuser gets 12-year prison term

A Bendigo man who persistently sexually abused a young boy has been jailed for 12 years.

County Court Judge Lance Pilgrim sentenced Anson Manning, 27, yesterday, saying he had received the benefit of “rolled up” counts.

A rolled-up count lumps together numerous offences of a similar nature into one count.

Manning had pleaded guilty to five child sex charges in the same court last month.

The charges included one count of persistent sexual abuse of a child, which encompassed more than 50 separate incidents of assault.

Another charge of producing child pornography encompassed nearly 450 images and videos of the victim.

Manning was also convicted of possessing child pornography, using a carriage service to access child pornography and using a carriage service to make available child pornography.

Manning abused the boy between 2007 and 2012, starting when the child was nine years old and under his care.

He bribed the boy with gifts, then forced him to engage in sexual acts that he filmed and uploaded onto an internet file-sharing site.

When federal police raided his home in January they found 412 sexually explicit images and 31 pornographic videos of the boy. Officers also discovered 10,126 images and 466 videos of other child pornography.

In a letter read to the court last month, Manning said he was “disgusted” with himself.

“What I did was unforgivable,” the letter read. “I had the power to stop what I was doing, but I didn’t stop and for that I am ashamed.

“I exploited him for my own depraved and disgusting wants.”

Manning’s abuse was only discovered by the federal police late last year, as part of a wider child pornography operation.

The court was told the boy was depressed and angry but too scared to tell anyone about the abuse.

In a victim impact statement read to the court last month, the boy’s mother spoke of the family’s anguish over the “horrendous crime”.

“I feel sickened, disgusted, betrayed, used, repulsed, furious and depressed,” she said.

“I’m continually trying to process how this happened and why my beautiful little man couldn’t talk to me about it.

“He (Manning) told him I didn’t love him and I would hate him if I found out.

“This predator took the one thing from my child that was most sacred, his innocence.”

Judge Pilgrim sentenced Manning to 

12 years’ jail with a non-parole period of nine years and 304 days of pre-sentence detention reckoned as time served.

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