Perth: Man who used violence to force underage girls into sex sent to jail

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A YOUNG man who used violence to force three girls to take part in sexual activity with him has been sentenced to more than four years in a West Australian jail.

Jack William Carpenter, 20, was convicted by a jury of four counts of sexual penetration of a child against two girls, and one charge of indecently dealing with a child in relation to a third girl.

Carpenter was aged about 18 at the time of the offending, while the girls were as young as 13, the WA District Court heard on Wednesday.

Judge Simon Stone said Carpenter persisted even when two of the girls told him they did not want to take part, while the offending against the third girl was opportunistic.

“Your offending was predatory, manipulative and involved a degree of abuse,” Judge Stone said.

“This sexual offending was for your own sexual gratification.”

Judge Stone said Carpenter, who is a father to a two-year-old child and is in a relationship with a woman expecting twins, showed no remorse.

“You lack insight into the seriousness of your actions and appear to be proud of your manipulative behaviour,” he said.

“That comes through quite clearly from what you told the psychologist, that you have a pre-occupation with sex and you’ve been assessed as a person who’s well above the average risk of reoffending in a similar manner.”

Carpenter was sentenced to four years and eight months imprisonment.

He must serve a minimum of two years and eight months behind bars before he can be eligible for parole.