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Serial pest released after flashing five year-old girl

A NAMBOUR mother and father were distraught after a man who flashed his penis at their five-year-old daughter was deemed to have spent enough time in prison.

Serial flasher Clifford John Candy, 34, was freed today having spent the previous 658 days in prison.

Maroochydore District Court heard Candy had been jailed in 2008, 2011 and 2012 for similar offences against girls aged 10, 17, 4, 14 and 7.

He was yesterday sentenced for two offences, the first committed just two months after he was released from a two-and-a-half year prison sentence.

Candy had approached the girl in a Nambour store on the afternoon of June 27, 2014, while her mother was not watching.

He then exposed his penis and moved it from side to side while looking directly at her.

The girl reported it to her parents that night and CCTV footage depicting the incident was reviewed.

Candy was on bail for that offence when he followed a six-year-old girl and her family from a Nambour supermarket on August 3, 2014.

The court heard he followed them to a car park and exposed his penis to the girl and moved it around while the mother was putting groceries in the boot.

Defence barrister David Crews said his client had done sexual offender courses and sought independent treatment.

Judge John Robertson described Candy as incorrigible.

He noted the effect Candy's "disgusting and self-indulgent" behaviour had on the children and their families.

Candy was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison, suspended after 658 days he had already served.

He was also placed on a three-year probation order.

The mother of one of the victims walked from the court crying after the sentence.

She explained outside the court that she was worried after her daughter's name had been read out during the proceedings.

Her husband said his daughter did not trust strangers.

"The effect on my wife is that she is over-possessive of our daughter now because of what happened in the shopping centre," he said.

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