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Ex-NSW Police sergeant Robert John Wotton found guilty of child sex abuse charges

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An evil child molesting ex-cop dismissed his innocent victims with a callous ‘f*** them’ just moments before he was convicted of abusing the youngsters over a decade-long reign of terror.

Robert John Wotton, 53, was found guilty of a series of sex attacks on two girls and a boy, all aged under 10 at the time, dating back to 2007.

The boy, now aged 13, can still only sleep in a locked room with all the lights on and a knife by his bedside. 

But burly Wotton showed no remorse when he was confronted by the father of one of the children as he entered court to face trial. 

When he was asked if he had a message for his victims, the former NSW Police Acting Sergeant replied bluntly: ‘Yeah – f*** them.’

Child molesting ex-cop Robert John Wotton (pictured) dismissed his victims with a callous'f*** them' moments before he was convicted of abusing the children over a 10 year period

Child molesting ex-cop Robert John Wotton (pictured) dismissed his victims with a callous ‘f*** them’ moments before he was convicted of abusing the children over a 10 year period

Robert John Wotton, 53, (pictured) was found guilty of a series of child sex attacks on two girls and a boy, all aged under 10 at the time, which dated back to 2007

Robert John Wotton, 53, (pictured) was found guilty of a series of child sex attacks on two girls and a boy, all aged under 10 at the time, which dated back to 2007

Judge Siobhan Herbert found Wotton guilty on seven of 12 charges of indecent assault after a no-jury trial at Sydney’s Downing Centre District Court on January 28.

His wife, Virginia Wotton, chose to stand by her husband and appeared as a character witness for the defence after refusing to appear for the prosecution.  

Relatives told Daily Mail Australia how twisted Wotton – who was in the police force from 1990 to 1998 –  would spend months grooming both the children and their parents.

He would build up the trust of the youngsters and adults before taking them aside, often at large gatherings, and assaulting them.

Wotton also used his wife’s infertility as a weapon to prey on the children.  

‘He’s sick,’ said the father of one of the children. 

‘He played on the maternal side of things because they couldn’t have kids of their own.  

‘He groomed everyone in the family. We were none the wiser. I hope they throw away the key when they lock him up.’ 

Wotton repeatedly attacked one girl and a boy when they were aged between seven and nine, and a second girl when she was seven or eight in a series of indecent assaults in Sydney between 2007 and 2017.

Robert John Wotton (pictured) would build up the trust of the youngsters and adults before taking them aside, often at large gatherings, and assaulting them

Robert John Wotton (pictured) would build up the trust of the youngsters and adults before taking them aside, often at large gatherings, and assaulting them

The court heard Wotton had twice faced similar charges in the 90s, but had got off scot-free after both trials ended in hung juries.

But evidence from the alleged victim in that case – the daughter of a former friend – was used against Wotton in the latest trial.

The court heard appalling alleged details of the disgusting attacks on her at Wotton’s hands, including one which allegedly involved a pet dog.

The girl – who was aged 8 at the time – told Wotton she didn’t like it but the court was told Wotton insisted it was ‘normal and natural’ and she would ‘get used to it’.

‘But if you don’t, I’ll still get to your parents,’ he told her, the court heard. 

‘I can hurt your brothers and sisters.

‘And whatever I do to them, no-one will do anything because I’m a cop.’ 

Relatives have revealed how twisted Robert John Wotton (pictured) - who was with the police from 1990 to 1998 - would spend months grooming both the children and their parents

Relatives have revealed how twisted Robert John Wotton (pictured) – who was with the police from 1990 to 1998 – would spend months grooming both the children and their parents

The father of one of the latest victims revealed how Wotton would pay children 50c to touch his genitals or allow him to touch theirs, often while adults were close.

‘He was very charismatic and convincing,’ the father told Daily Mail Australia. 

‘He was a former policeman and we trusted him.

‘But he was cunning. He played the long game. He would start chatting to the kids in a group then over a period of months he would focus on one particular child.

‘Eventually he would just disappear with that child and take them to the toilet where he would molest them while the family was distracted at a gathering nearby.

‘That’s the bravado he had. He just couldn’t help himself. He thought he was invincible.’ 

The court heard appalling alleged details of the disgusting attacks on a girl by Robert John Wotton (pictured), including one which allegedly involved a pet dog

The court heard appalling alleged details of the disgusting attacks on a girl by Robert John Wotton (pictured), including one which allegedly involved a pet dog

The father went to police with his suspicions in 2008, but officers said there was insufficient evidence to charge him, and Wotton was allowed to carry on.

‘He’d come over to our house and all of a sudden he’d be gone, and he’d be in my daughter’s room,’ said the father. 

‘We kept her away from him after that.’

Finally one victim burst into tears at school and revealed the horrific attacks to a friend, sparking a full investigation which lead to Wotton’s arrest and conviction. 

‘He’s had a terrible impact on these children,’ said the father who cannot be named for legal reasons. 

‘He’s wrecked lives.

‘The victims are all in counselling and my brother was in tears when he found out. He was so angry because he felt he hadn’t protected his kids.

The father of one of the latest victims revealed how Robert John Wotton would pay the children 50c to touch his genitals or allow him to touch theirs, often while adults were close by

The father of one of the latest victims revealed how Robert John Wotton would pay the children 50c to touch his genitals or allow him to touch theirs, often while adults were close by

‘He was sat in his car outside Wotton’s home with a steel bar wanting justice, but ultimately managed to restrain himself – but this has devastated us.

‘It’s just heartbreaking. There’s a lot of sadness, a lot of anger on multiple levels.’

Wotton’s not guilty plea to five more charges of further sex attacks in Whalan, in Sydney’s west, on one child dating back to 2004 was accepted.  

He was remanded in custody at Silverwater jail without bail ahead of sentencing at Parramatta District Court on April 8. 

The father added: ‘We hope our story might help other families.

‘If you’ve got someone like this, taking your kids away to one side, just be cautious. Where there’s smoke, there could be fire.’

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