Man filmed putting groin near child sex abuse victim's face

A man is appealing his child abuse conviction after abusing a boy for 13 years.
A man is appealing his child abuse conviction after abusing a boy for 13 years. BrianAJackson

A MAN who sexually abused a boy for 13 years claims a video of him putting his groin near his victim's mouth should not have been shown to a jury.

Dennis Norman Douglas, from the Sunshine Coast, has appealed his conviction in March on two charges of indecent treatment of a child under 16 and maintaining a sexual relationship with a child 12.

Douglas has been remanded in custody and is yet to be sentenced on the offences that happened from 2005 to 2012.

He has asked the Queensland Court of Appeal to overturn his conviction, claiming two pieces of evidence should not have been shown to the jury.

Douglas said the convictions should be thrown out because the jury would have drawn the wrong conclusion from a painting he made depicting the boy topless and a video showing him wrestling the victim.

The video showed Douglas putting his groin very close to the boy's mouth.

The court also heard Douglas's trial barrister did not object to either pieces of evidence being presented at trial.

Crown prosecutor Vicki Loury said the material was not intended to prove the abuse occurred.

However, she said it was provided to the jury to show Douglas undertaking a pattern of behaviour designed to elicit the boy's trust in him so as to reduce the risk of the child telling adults that he was being abused.

"The painting and the DVD could be used to show a developing relationship between them (Douglas and his victim),” Ms Loury said.

"It was to show how the relationship developed ... so he (Douglas) could offend against the child who would not complain (as a result).”

The Court of Appeal will hand down its decision at a later date.

- NewsRegional

Topics:  child abuse court crime sunshine coast

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