Peter Zehmeister – Repeat Sex Offender – Pedophile begs to be castrated

A convicted pedophile who subjected six boys to months of horrific sexual abuse has asked to be castrated so he no longer feels the urge to attack children.

Ipswich man Peter Zehmeister, 48, was yesterday sentenced to nine-and-a-half years in jail for 34 offences, including multiple counts of sodomy and maintaining an unlawful sexual relationship with two children.

He was previously convicted of sexually abusing children in 1995 and 2001. Defence barrister Steve Kissick said his client acknowledged that he was a dangerous sexual predator.

“He says he has uncontrollable sexual urges,” Mr Kissick said.

“He wants to be castrated – in fact he wants the court to make a specific order (that he be castrated).”

Judge Greg Koppenol told Zehmeister that Queensland law did not allow him to make an order for castration, but it is believed the offender plans to explore the possibility of chemical castration while he is behind bars.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

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