Michael James Dobbyn
A former schoolteacher trembled in the dock as he was told he abused his position of trust to "groom" two young boys to gratify a sexual fetish.
Michael James Dobbyn, 52 - a cousin of musician Dave Dobbyn - was sentenced to 12 months' home detention and 250 hours' community work when he appeared in the North Shore District Court yesterday.
He faced representative charges for his sexual conduct towards two boys under 16 and for grooming them over a four-year period.
Dobbyn, whose name was suppressed until yesterday, stood red-faced in the dock, clutching first his own hands, then the steel bars in front of him, shaking throughout his 45-minute appearance.
The school he taught at and the dates of the offences remain suppressed to protect Dobbyn's victims.
The court heard how Dobbyn befriended a 10-year-old boy and, later, his 12-year-old friend.
In return for allowing him to suck and lick their toes and feet, Dobbyn gave the boys gifts including food, drinks, clothes and phone top-up cards.
A summary of facts before the court stated that Dobbyn had also given the boys gifts for doing chores around his house and for letting him keep their dirty clothing.
Date of Birth
1958 (D.O.B. is approximate)
Sentenced to 12 months home detention and 250 hours community work in July 2010
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