Bringing Light to the Darkness of Human Trafficking (Trafficking in Persons)

  • Mark John Corben was convicted of raping a four-year-old girl in August 2013
  • He was also convicted of being in possession of child exploitation material
  • Three psychiatrists said if Corben were released, he would likely reoffend

A child predator who raped a four-year-old girl has been released back into the community, despite the fact psychiatrists believe he will likely reoffend.

In August 2013, Mark John Corben, from Queensland, was convicted of raping the young girl and possessing thousands of images of child exploitation material, according to a judgement submitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland.

The 42-year-old sexually assaulted the girl multiple times over a six-month period while living in the granny flat behind her mother's home.

Corben and the four-year-old's mother were acquaintances and he asked if he could take pictures of her 'to gain experience photographing children', according to the judgement.   

Corben was arrested months later after police discovered an extensive child porn collection in his possession.

The 42-year-old was sentenced to eight years and nine months in prison and was released on November 21 under a 10-year supervision order.

Three psychiatrists discouraged the court from releasing Corben, saying the child predator suffered from paedophilia, personality disorder, anxiety disorder and past periods of depression.

They all also agreed that if Corben were to be released he would remain at risk of reoffending.

During a hearing, psychiatrist Dr Evelyn Timmins concurred, claiming that Corben would establish a relationship with a young female - possibly one known to him - if released.

'He is likely to harbour sexual interest in the potential victim for many months before acting on his desires,' Dr Timmins wrote.

'There would be psychological coercion involved in the offending and a high degree of harm to the victim, who could be very young.

'His offending will involve touching, masturbation, teaching the child sexual acts, oral sex and could extend to penetrative acts depending on the relationship he develops with the child.'

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Queensland's LNP Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington (pictured) said she was 'gobsmacked, outraged, and very angry' that a sexual predator who was likely to reoffend had been released into the community

Queensland's LNP Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington said she was 'gobsmacked, outraged, and very angry' that a sexual predator who was likely to reoffend had been released into the community.

'As a mum, it makes me sick to the stomach that violent sexual predators like this are let out onto our streets,' she told the publication.

'He raped a little four-year-old girl and medical experts say there is a moderate to high chance of him reoffending.'

Ms Frecklington called on Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath to change the rules, but it is a matter for the courts.

Read more: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6428011/Pedophile-raped-four-year-old-girl-released-despite-deemed-risk-reoffending.html