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Bravehearts hope AG appeals sentencing

AAP logoAAP 22/12/2016 David Sigston

Child safety advocates are horrified convicted child molester Barry Dangerfield won't spend a day behind bars despite pleading guilty to sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy.

Dangerfield, 83, pleaded guilty in Brisbane District Court to 11 offences, which occured in the 1960s.

Bravehearts founder Hetty Johnson said the fact Dangerfield won't spend time behind bars because of his age was "grotesquely insufficient."

"As far as I'm aware as long as he's still breathing he's still an ongoing risk to the community," Ms Johnson told AAP.

She was disappointed at the news, saying the lack of punishment for child sex offenders was a continuing frustration.

Ms Johnson plans to speak to Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath to encourage her to appeal against the sentencing.

Dangerfield's lawyer on Thursday argued his client had rehabilitated during the 50-year delay between the offences and the charges.

He said the "spiritual man" had shown himself to be a devoted husband a community leader.

Chief Judge Kerry O'Brien agreed the defendant had lived an "exemplary life" and said the main feature of his sentence ought to be public denunciation of the conduct.

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