The mother of a teenage girl who was raped by evil paedophile Jason Mizner at age two says she can’t bring herself to reveal the horrific truth to her daughter.
Mizner, 44, was jailed for 19 years on Friday for repeatedly raping the toddler, but despite the welcomed verdict, police said the victim has a lifetime of healing to do.
Detective Sergeant Michael Froggatt, who pursued Mizner for 12 years, told The Courier Mail the abuse may have stopped but the teenager is still battling demons.
Paedophile Jason Daron Mizner (pictured) who filmed himself sexually assaulting his girlfriend’s two-year-old daughter while she was still in nappies has been jailed for 19 years
‘The victim is seriously traumatised – she can’t understand why she can’t sleep at night, why she sees visions,’ Det Sgt Froggatt said.
The former Gold Coast cop said no one – not even the girl’s mother – has been able to reveal the horrific truth about Mizner’s sickening crimes to the teenager.
Sgt Froggatt first started investigating Mizner in 2005 when the victim’s mother first handed in his child exploitation material, including pornographic videos of her child.
In the footage, Mizner filmed himself sexually assaulting the two-year-old girl while she was still in nappies and muzzled her to stop her screaming.
The former police officer said he and his colleagues struggled to examine the disturbing footage of the defenceless two-year-old being assaulted.
‘I had to watch and re-watch the vision in order to particularise the offences and that’s a shocking and sickening memory that will stay with me forever,’ he said.
Sgt Froggatt said he was ‘pretty determined’ to arrest Mizner for his heinous crimes but after he was sentence to 35 years in a Thai jail for paedophilia he had his doubts.
It was only when Mizner was eventually deported back to Australia last year – after having served 11 years – that Sgt Froggatt finally got his chance to get his man.
Sentencing for the Queensland child rapist had been delayed because the judge was so shaken by video of the assaults she needed a break to ensure a fair sentence
‘We knew he’d been sentenced to 35 years jail in Thailand and I didn’t anticipate him getting out during my career, but when he was released early, we certainly weren’t going to miss the opportunity to make sure he was punished for what he did back here,’ he said,
Detective Inspector Jon Rouse, head of child abuse investigation unit’s Taskforce Argos, said the arrest was gratifying for all those who had to investigate crimes against children.
When District Court Judge Leanne Clare finally handed down Mizner’s sentence on Friday, she described his offences as ‘a different kind of evil’.
Sentencing for the Queensland child rapist was earlier delayed because the judge was so shaken by video of the assaults she needed a break to ensure a fair sentence.
Mizner had pleaded guilty to more than 60 child sex offences relating to the two-year-old girl, from the early 2000s, including more than 30 counts of rape and videotaping the assaults.
The yoga teacher from the Gold Coast was only caught when the victim’s mother discovered his pornographic materials in a bag of his possessions at home.
Contained inside the bag were the recordings, handwritten notes detailing how to exploit children and a folder giving the names of children – including the victim.
Detective Inspector Jon Rouse (pictured), head of child abuse investigation unit’s Taskforce Argos, said the arrest was gratifying for police who had to investigate crimes against children
The bag also contained names of single mothers and their addresses as well as plans to organise a child-exploitation ring, the court heard.
The judge told the court the recordings also showed the baby screaming, and that when Mizner could not calm the baby down he would muzzle her.
While Mizner was in Thailand, he started a relationship with another woman, whose baby daughter he also started sexually assaulting, the Courier Mail reported.
He had already spent 11 years in a Thai jail for the unrelated child sex offences.
The 44-year-old will be eligible for parole after serving 15 years of his latest sentence.
When he was sentenced on Friday, District Court Judge Leanne Clare said there was no evidence Mizner had shown remorse for what he had done.
She said: ‘It was [the girl’s mother] who found the recordings. That content would be excruciating for most people.
‘I only watched a portion and it has been a battle to get the vision of your offending out of my head. I cannot imagine the horror of it for [the girl’s] mother.
Judge Clare said her struggle to cope with the footage came despite 30 years of experience dealing with extreme cases of child abuse.
Mizner must serve at least 15 years of his 19-year sentence, making him eligible for parole in 2031.
Mizner (pictured) had pleaded guilty to more than 60 child sex offences relating to a two-year-old girl, from the early 2000s, including more than 30 counts of rape and videotaping the assaults
In an earlier hearing at Brisbane District Court on Tuesday, Justice Clare said she had viewed a portion of one of the tapes and found it ‘very confronting’.
‘I think it would be best to put some distance between the viewing of that tape and the delivery of the judgment so that it does not overwhelm the sentence,’ Justice Clare said, adjourning proceedings until Friday.
The prosecution wanted the 44-year-old jailed for life.
Mizner’s lawyers argued his years in prison in Thailand for a separate sexual assault of another young child there should be taken into account, because of the abuse he suffered at the hands of other inmates while incarcerated.
‘He received beatings and other torture, partly in relation to [the Australian] offending,’ Mizner’s lawyer said.
‘The Australian Federal Police gave evidence at the [Thai] hearing about the Australian offending, so it’s not much of a stretch that inmates in Thailand would have known.’
Justice Clare disputed that just because Mizner had a difficult time in a Thai jail did not mean he should have his potential sentence reduced.
‘The report outlines deprivations and abuses that your client has described, but to say he’s been tortured for 11 years is an overstatement of the material, frankly,’ Justice Clare said.
It was the second time sentencing had been delayed, after a delay in September, when a doctor preparing a psychological report for the court suffered a heart attack.
That report, the defence argued, showed that a motorcycle accident when Mizner was 21 left him with a brain injury, which ‘uninhibited’ him.
Justice Clare said it also showed he had a ‘predilection for babies’ and had a medium-to-high chance of re-offending if not incarcerated.
‘Even a low risk of re-offending when it comes to raping babies is a substantial risk to deal with. When it’s a medium-to-high risk… it’s alarming,’ she said.