Convicted sex offender who lured a terrified 7-year-old girl to an abandoned house, jailed for 10 years
Convicted sex offender who lured a terrified 7-year-old girl to an abandoned house by asking if she wanted to see “something cool” before taking off her pants, jailed for 10 years
- A 35-year-old sex offender lured a 7-year-old girl to an abandoned house in Sydney
- He took the girl by the hand and asked if she wanted to see “something cool.”
- Neighbors found Christopher Irwin and the 7-year-old without pants
- He was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Campbelltown District Court on Tuesday
A former golf club greenskeeper has been in prison for ten years after being found without pants with a seven-year-old girl whom he had lured to an empty house in Sydney.
The neighbors’ prompt intervention prompted Christopher Irwin in May 2019 to rape his plan to rape the girl he had seen skating in a southwestern cul-de-sac in Sydney.
The 35-year-old Macquarie Fields man had approached the elementary school student when other children had left, asked if she wanted to “see something cool,” and took her by the hand.
Convicted sex offender Christopher Irwin (photo), 35, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Tuesday after luring a 7-year-old girl to an abandoned house in Sydney and stripping her naked.
She said no, but he led her into the house, locked the door, and started taking off her clothes, says Judge Andrew Colefax.
Fortunately, a neighbor who saw the child being led into the driveway raised the alarm and a group of adults slammed the front door within minutes demanding the child’s release.
Irwin covered the girl’s mouth and told her to be quiet before, on closer inspection, let her go.
Neighbors found both the girl and Irwin without pants.
“There is only one rational conclusion about what would happen,” prosecutor Joel Diggins told Campbelltown District Court on Tuesday.
Irwin, who had worked in the empty house as a gardener and landscaper, made “fairly candid confessions” to the police about what he would have done if he hadn’t been interrupted, Judge Colefax said.
He pleaded guilty to committing and perpetrating a serious crime and deliberately sexually touching a child under 10, as well as violating his reporting obligations as a member of the Child Protection Register twice.
Irwin was convicted in 2014 after police determined he had searched the internet for child abuse material and had a “ very disturbing ” story about child abuse on his phone, Judge Colefax said.
Irwin (photo) had taken the girl by the hand and asked if she ‘wanted to see something cool’
Also troubling, the judge said, were Irwin’s interviews with a forensic psychiatrist playing his first offense, denying that he had a sexual interest in children, and saying he couldn’t remember much about kidnapping the seven-year-old.
“The fact that you don’t understand … your obvious sexual interest in children … is a major concern,” said the judge.
“You didn’t immediately repent of what you did.”
The judge said the prospects for rehabilitation were “extraordinarily cautious,” and it was important that the forensic psychiatrist had not expressed an opinion as to whether treatment programs for sex offenders would benefit Irwin.
As a child, Irwin attended a special school because of his low intelligence, but there was no suggestion that his family life was anything but a loving and supportive environment, the judge said.
He said the injuries Irwin sustained in the civilian arrest did not amount to extrajudicial punishment, but he reduced the sentence by 25 percent to acknowledge the early plea of guilt.
Irwin’s seven and a half year parole expires on November 30, 2026
A group of neighbors broke into the house and found Irwin (photo) with the seven-year-old