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Sex offender jailed

  • Sex offender jailed

Hamilton man...

A Hamilton man, who was previously convicted for having a sexual relationship with a minor 15 years ago, will spend at least seven years behind bars, found guilty of multiple sexual abuse charges against children under the age of 16.

Steven Whennen, 36, has been remanded in custody for 511 days, following the historic abuse across a two year period.

He yesterday appeared at the Warrnambool Magistrates Court for his sentencing, charged with three counts of sexual penetration of a child under the age of 16.

The repeat offender pleaded guilty to the charges and was jailed for 10 years, with a non-parole period of seven years.

One victim was abused on multiple occasions across various locations in Hamilton.

Another was coaxed to a caravan near the town’s popular skate park.

The historical charges from 2003, where Whennen was convicted and ordered to complete 200 hours community work, were raised in court.

Prompting Magistrate Gerard Mullaly to question the original sentencing.

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Detective Acting Sergeant Blake Amos spoke with Mixx FM-3HA this morning and spoke of the impact this has had on the victims, the families and local police.

"To be honest, it's one of the most terrible jobs I've been involved with as a police officer, but the families involved and the young victims are amazingly strong and will hopefully move forward with their lives now, especially with the abused being sentenced,” he said.

"It's just a horrible, horrible situation that no family should ever have to go through.

"As police we put a lot of work into these investigations, with a lot of support from the victims and families themselves coming forward in the first place, but from an investigators point of view it's always nice to see a good result recorded.

"The sentence means we can put it behind us as well, because obviously it can have a significant impact on us, the police as well, dealing with these investigations for sure."