Penalty reform urged for NSW sex offenders

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NSW’s chief prosecutor has signalled a desire for reforms that would see those convicted of historical child sex crimes punished in line with tougher modern standards.

NSW Director of Public Prosecutions Lloyd Babb SC told the child abuse royal commission legislative change in sentencing historical child sex offences was desirable.

“In my view, there isn’t a logic in applying past sentencing standards to offending where the only reason the offending hasn’t come forward is through a lack of earlier complaint,” he told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on Wednesday.

Mr Babb said when sentencing standards had changed over time it was a clear indication that the courts had determined the old sentencing patterns were wrong.

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