Unenviable fate for dentist: 3 years in prison for sexual abuse of minor

A dentist is about to be jailed for alleged sexual harassment of a young boy.

As it became known, this is not the first harassment charge for George Ian Venter. He was found guilty of sexual assault of a minor on April 11 last year, after sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy in 2015.

“During the judgment I took all factors into consideration and that jail time was the only fit punishment,” Magistrate Francis Makamandela said.

She also claimed that Venter’s previous sentence of correctional supervision did not have the desired result, as it was contravened.

Venter was sentenced to four years of correctional supervision in November 2014. In September that year, he was found guilty of having sex with a 15-year-old boy in December 2011. Parents of the 2011 victim, from Pretoria, were regularly present in court to follow the proceedings.

Women and Men Against Child Abuse (WMACA) spokesperson Joanne Barrett also voiced her dissatisfaction with the insufficient sentence.

“Although we are very shocked that the sentence is so short, especially considering that this was his second appearance, we are happy that he got a direct prison sentence,” Joanne Barrett said.

One of the prerequisites of his supervision sentence was that he was not allowed to treat children. Nevertheless, contrary to the prescription, he still practiced dental practice on children.

Venter is to appear in the Thembalethu Magistrate’s Court on April 4.

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