A decade after becoming a Russian Orthodox priest, Stanislav Vakhabov invited a 14-year-old boy from overseas to stay in his Sydney church apartment, where he would be repeatedly sexually imprisoned and harassed.
The 36-year-old man, also known as Father Christopher, was imprisoned on Friday for at least five years and seven months for the crimes he committed in his home, located in the back of the parish of Croydon.
His teenage victim, whose religious mother sent him to Australia in 2014 to be in Vakhabov's care, was told that they would sleep in separate rooms and that he would be provided with religious guidance.
Stanislav Vakhabov (pictured) invited a 14-year-old boy from overseas to stay in his Sydney church apartment, where he would be repeatedly sexually imprisoned and abused
He was imprisoned for at least five years and seven months for the crimes he committed within his home, attached to the back of the Croydon parish.
Instead, he would be isolated, embraced, kissed on the lips and the priest would touch him with his genitals, who gave him alcohol and sedatives to facilitate his sexual advances.
The elastic waistband of the boy's sweatpants would break when Vakhabov tried to remove them tightly while he was on top of him in the single bed he demanded they share, claiming "there was something wrong" on his couch.
Vakhabov also locked the child inside his unit while he was in the church and told him he could not leave alone.
He was convicted by a jury of the New South Wales District Court in February of arresting the teenager for his own sexual gratification, grooming a child for illegal sexual activity and four counts of indecent assault of minors.
Judge Kate Traill imprisoned Vakhabov on Friday for a maximum of seven years and six months, retroactive to May 2015 and accounting for the time that has already passed in the detention of immigrants in Villawood and Christmas Island.
"(He) was, in essence, living a double life," he said.
"He committed the offenses during the course of his Christian duties and, in fact, on the grounds of the church & # 39;
Judge Traill said that Vakhabov's "predatory behavior demonstrated a serious breach of trust" since his position was "intimately intertwined" with the offense.
The foreign citizen born in Moldova became a Russian Orthodox priest in 2004 and arrived in Australia with a two-year work visa sponsored by the church in 2013.
Vakhabov will be eligible for parole since December 14, 2020 and is likely to be deported once released
The court heard that Vakhabov initially contacted the boy around April 2014 about VK, a Russian social networking platform similar to Facebook, and spoke before communicating via Skype up to four times a week.
The boy had never traveled internationally before, but Vakhabov arranged his visa and was his official sponsor.
When he was first interviewed by the police, he did not reveal any sexual abuse or misconduct & # 39; because Vakhabov had told him if he told the truth, he would not be allowed to return with his family, Judge Traill said.
She cited comments in her victim impact statement, including that she "could not fully describe the pain in her soul."
Vakhabov will be eligible for parole on December 14, 2020 and is likely to be deported once released.