Low IQ spares convicted child abuser time behind bars
A CONVICTED child sex offender has escaped serving time behind bars because he is not intelligent enough for prison.
Bradley Clinton Seager-Hanslow has continually claimed he was innocent of sexually abusing a young girl at a Laidley home, in 2014.
The court heard he asked the girl to be "his secret girlfriend" before touching her inappropriately.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges, however, was convicted by trial in October last year.
In Ipswich District Court on Friday he was sentenced for the crime, which usually carries a mandatory term of imprisonment.
But numerous psychiatric reports on Seager-Hanslow, 23, throughout his life showed his case featured "exceptional circumstances".
The latest psychiatric report dated July 4 stated, if jailed Seager-Hanslow would have to be segregated.
According to the psychiatrist his serious intellectual impairment would put him at risk of bullying and manipulation from the rest of the prison population, the court heard.
Eight people were in the court room to support Seager-Hanslow and each let out a cry of relief when Judge Horneman-Wren said he wouldn't be going to jail.
Defence barrister Simone Bain said the behaviour was "out of character" for Seager-Hanslow who has no criminal record.
"There were not threats and no force involved," she said.
"This was an isolated offence".
Crown Prosecutor Matt Le Grand said Seager-Hanslow's insistence that he was innocent, even after being found guilty by a jury of his peers, showed there was no evidence of remorse.
"His continued denial means that despite his lack of criminal history, (the sentencing) does require personal deterrents," Mr Le Grand said.
Judge Horneman-Wren said perhaps the lack of remorse and refusal to accept guilt could be attributed to Seager-Hanslow's low intelligence.
Seager-Hanslow was sentenced to three years' probation with special conditions that he take part in a sex offender treatment program.
A conviction was recorded.