Perth chef jailed for sex offences

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A PERTH chef, who is already behind bars for preying upon young women he knew, has been sentenced to a further seven years and 10 months in prison for sexual offending dating back decades.

Salvatore Giovanni Otranto, 68, was found guilty after a trial of indecently assaulting and sexually abusing six women and children he knew between 1969 and 1984, and on an unknown date between 2010 and 2012.

The 11 charges include rape, carnal knowledge against the order of nature, four counts of indecent dealing with a child and five counts of indecent assault.

Otranto was aged 18 when he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old boy he knew, the West Australian District Court heard on Wednesday.

During another incident, he drove a teenage girl he knew to bushland where he sexually assaulted her.

One of his victims was just five years old.

Referring to the victim impact statements, Judge Vicki Stewart said Otranto’s offending had had a profound effect on their lives.

But Judge Stewart accepted Otranto was unlikely to reoffend due to his age and significant health issues.

In May, Otranto was sentenced to four years in prison for indecently dealing and assaulting six young women between 2001 and 2013.

The sentence handed down on Wednesday will be served cumulatively.

He will be eligible for parole on this sentence after serving five years and 10 months behind bars.

As Judge Stewart prepared to adjourn the court, Otranto interrupted to declare his innocence.

“Nobody knows the truth,” he said.

“I swear to Almighty God.”