A convicted paedophile who admitted to marrying his wife so he could abuse her son has given police a horrific account of his depraved behaviour.
The 52-year-old man told officers he targeted his victims by starting relationships with their mothers, one of whom he married.
He also told them he abused two brothers he met through a sporting club on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.
The offending happened between 1998 and 2011, but the man was only arrested in 2017, when he was extradited from New South Wales, the Sunshine Coast Daily reported.
A convicted paedophile who admitted to marrying his wife so he could abuse her son has given police a horrific account of his depraved behaviour
During a police interview, the man told detectives he married his wife because of her son, who he said was ‘just absolutely besotted’ with him.
He said the boy had issues with his biological father which only added to his infatuation with the man, who eventually took advantage of the situation.
He described how he groomed the boy by telling him it was okay for boys and men to touch each other sexually because ‘it’s what dads and boys should do’.
The boy, who was lacking a father figure, did as he was told, and during the period that the offending took place, the man committed 17 counts of rape.
The 52-year-old also told police he started abusing the boy when he was 10 years old, but admitted he didn’t know what triggered his behaviour.
The boy’s mother almost caught the man sexually abusing her son when he was aged 11 or 12, when she walked into a room and saw them pull away from each other.
The 52-year-old man was only arrested in 2017 after the boys eventually came forward and told police about the abuse
At the time, both the man and boy denied anything untoward had taken place, court documents stated.
The man also confessed to falling in love with – and later abusing – two brothers he came into contact with at a sporting club.
He was only arrested and jailed after the boys eventually came forward and told police about the abuse.
Officer-in-charge Sunshine Coast Child Protection and Investigation Unit, Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Tom Dawson, praised the boys for coming forward.
The man will spend at least the next 15 years behind bars.