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Sex offender back behind bars in Vic

AAP logoAAP 9/10/2016 Caitlin Guilfoyle

A convicted sex offender had access to kids while working at a community radio station in Victoria.

Daniel John Freeman had one-on-one contact with three work experience students while working at the station in 2014, the Victorian County Court has heard.

The 40-year-old had been placed on the sex offender register in 2005 after committing various offences against children.

Freeman was sentenced to 32 months' jail on Monday admitting he sexually abused a teenage boy he met through the radio station in Victoria's southeast.

The victim was not a work experience student.

None of the pupils were abused by Freeman, who tried to shift blame for his crimes to his victim, police and school authorities.

Judge Claire Quin said Freeman's offending against his teenage victim was a gross breach of trust.

Freeman pleaded guilty to two counts of an indecent act with a child under 16.

He also admitted failing to comply with lifelong sex offender reporting obligations.

Freeman hid Facebook and email accounts from police for years, including a profile he used to contact children.

The court heard he was sexually abused as a child, which had affected his adult development.

A psychologist believed Freeman presented a significant risk of relapse.

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