No jail after man groped teenage girl
A GOLD Coast man who grabbed a 15-year-old's crotch as she was swimming, tried to grope her breasts and attempted to kiss her has walked from Southport District Court.
Daniel Christopher Evans, 28, pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent treatment of a child.
Judge Katherine McGinness sentenced him to 12 months jail to be immediately suspended.
Crown prosecutor Matthew Hynes said the incident happened at Evans' birthday party on January 27 last year where he was swimming with a girl who was 15-and-a-half.
"She was 12 years younger than him," he said.
The court heard Evans had been drinking the day of the attack.
"You made inappropriate advances towards the complainant," Ms McGinness said.
"She was clearly not interested."
When Evans grabbed the girl on the crotch and breast she managed to push him away before he tried to kiss her.
She once again pushed him away.
"You assaulted a teenage girl. Your conduct is unacceptable," Ms McGinness said.
"At the very least you made that girl feel uncomfortable and intruded upon when she is entitled to feel safe."
Evans has previously been jailed for assaulting a woman and for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.
When Ms McGinness told Evans that he and alcohol did not mix, he corrected her.
"No, it was a problem (with alcohol)," he said from the dock.
The court heard Evans has given up alcohol after 17 months in prison for assaulting a woman.
He was described as a "completely different" person since giving up alcohol.