From the Herald Sun 4th September 2013
An ex-diplomat who paid a boy, 15, for sex after finding him on a website for gay men was jailed yesterday for at least a year. John Finnin, who was jailed in 2009 for sex offences, admitted finding the boy on the internet and meeting him for sexual encounters in 2007. The boy told him he was 17, but Finnin kept meeting him when he later learned his true age, the County Court heard yesterday. On another occasion Finnin sent sexually explicit emails to a person he believed to be a 13-year-old boy. He also exchanged emails with a 15-year-old boy in New Zealand, telling the teenager he would fly across the Tasman to meet him for sex.
The 57-year-old was originally found guilty of the sex offences at a trial in 2009. But he appealed and a retrial was scheduled for earlier this year. Finnin then agreed to plead guilty to five charges. The Australian Trade Commission's former regional director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa has already served four years in prison. Judge Meryl Sexton yesterday sentenced him to two years and 10 months' jail with a one-year non-parole period. The court heard Finnin met the 15-year-old for sex numerous times between February and May 2007.
Finnin pleaded guilty to penetrating a child, committing an indecent act with a child and using a carriage service to procure and groom a child and to transmit child pornography. The court heard Finnin married in 1985. He and his wife separated in 1998, around the time he revealed he was gay. Judge Sexton said: "You were a mature man who was 36 years older than (the victim). I know you thought he was 17 but after you learned of his age you continued exploiting him. "I must seek to deter other men from taking advantage of adolescents and also deter other men from using technology to exploit children," the judge said.
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Sexual exploitation of a 15 year old boy during February and May 2007
Sentenced to 2 years 10 months in September 2013
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