Victims of former Ainslie Football Club coach Stephen Porter tell court of lasting impact of abuse
The ACT Supreme Court has heard from victims of child sex offender Stephen Porter
A victim of disgraced former football coach Stephen Porter has told the ACT Supreme Court the abuse he suffered left him unable to trust his own instincts about people.
Victims of former football coach Stephen Porter delivered impact statements in his sentencing
Porter's psychologist told the court he had a moderate to high risk of reoffending
Justice Loukas-Karlsson said the court "read, heard, understood, and respects" the victims' impact statements
Porter pleaded guilty to four charges, including maintaining a sexual relationship with a child, grooming, using a child to generate child abuse material and possessing child exploitation material.
He is already in jail after asking the court to send him there, in anticipation of his formal sentencing.
One victim, who was filmed without his knowledge after Porter installed a hidden camera in his bedroom, wrote in the victim impact statement:
"I will never in my life forgive you."
"You have changed the way I look at people in a horrible way and I struggle every day with that."
The mother of that victim also submitted a victim impacted statement, outlining how her family's lives were changed forever as a direct result of Porter's actions.
"You decimated our child's trust and innocence and I find that very hard to forgive," she said.
"Unlike a game of AFL, there are no winners today. There are just a lot of hurt children and hurt families who suffered horrific trauma at the hands of your choices and actions."
'Something I have to deal with for my whole life'
The court heard from Porter's psychologist, who told the court he had a moderate to high risk of reoffending.(ABC News)
Another victim appeared via video link to deliver his victim impact statement.
"I think it will take a long time for me to learn to trust other adults," he said.
"As I want to have a career in football, this is going to be something I have to deal with for my whole life."
Psychologist Patrick Newton, who has treated Porter, told the court he was an unusual client who was deeply depressed.
"He's clearly an intelligent man," he said.
"More importantly he's a reflective man. He reflected on the wrongfulness of his conduct."