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Sex offender's reign ends in jail

A serial sex offender has been jailed for more than a decade over a reign of disturbing assaults that started with young girls and escalated to attacks on women in their homes.

Jason Bradley Pool, 41, a married man living in the regional West Australian city of Busselton, has pleaded guilty to 16 charges involving five different victims, whose ages ranged from less than 10 years old to more than 30.

The attacks started in 2005 with the youngest victim and concluded with the oldest in 2011.

The offences included indecent dealings with children, indecent recordings, deprivation of liberty and aggravated sexual penetration.

Pool's offending escalated from opportunistic molestation to filming young women through their windows, culminating in a violent attack on a woman in her home, the District Court of WA heard.

A woman in her 30s had been home alone while her fly-in, fly-out husband was at work in 2011 when Pool broke in and tied her up.


The woman believed she was "going to die," according to her victim impact statement.

A year earlier a younger woman had woken to find Pool standing over her in her boyfriend's home.  He had cut her clothes off her while she slept and filmed her on her own phone, she would later discover.

Pool was finally arrested in January 2012 and has been held in custody since.

Details of the impact to the lives of the girls and women affected by Pool read out in court revealed a pattern of continuing trauma.

Handing down a sentence of 11 years and nine months on Tuesday District Court Judge Bruce Goetze said "put simply," Pool was, "a danger to society".

"The fact that you have had more than one victim aggravates matters," Judge Goetze said,

"You violate not only their bodies but their sexual integrity."

He found Pool had shown "genuine remorse" by pleading guilty to his crimes, reading from a letter Pool had written to him.

"I know that I have wronged others," Pool wrote.  "No one deserves to be treated that way."

Defence lawyer Simon Watters said Pool had stopped offending on his own after the final assault, referring to his client's letter to the judge.

"I shocked myself and stopped – four months later I was arrested," he said.

While a psychiatric evaluation of Pool ruled out psychopathy, it was suggested he could have paraphilia, according to Judge Goetze's sentencing remarks.

Paraphilia generally involves recurrent, intense sexual urges, or behaviours either involving non-human objects or the suffering or humiliation of oneself or children or other non-consenting persons, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Pool's sentence was backdated to his arrest in January and with parole eligibility he could be released in August 2022.