A Victorian judge has been criticised for arguing it was “understandable” that a 31-year-old man had sex with a 14-year-old girl, telling a court, “Well, he’s not made of steel”.
Franco Abad, a security guard at the Melbourne Children’s Court, was found guilty by a jury in May of one count of sexual penetration of a child under 16 but escaped a jail term.
Judge Christopher Ryan sentenced Abad to a two-year good behaviour bond, saying his actions were “understandable” because the woman was “nubile”, meaning sexually attractive, and “presented as a very worldly young woman”.
“So … he’s resolved he’s not going to have any more to do with her. And then he goes to bed and at an indefinite time thereafter he’s joined in bed by a nubile young woman,” Judge Ryan said.
“The human aspect of it is readily understandable,” he said. “Well, he’s not made of steel.”
Judge Ryan argued that Abad did not deserve to spend time in jail.