Pedophile who repeatedly molested 6-year-old girl claims she 'wanted it' and tried to 'seduce' him

Father-of-five, 75-year-old Cornelus Bezuidenhout repeatedly sexually assaulted the child after getting to know her through the parents of a niece's friend


                            Pedophile who repeatedly molested 6-year-old girl claims she 'wanted it' and tried to 'seduce' him

A South African man, who recently pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a six-year-old girl, allegedly told authorities that the child knew "exactly what she was doing" and "wanted it". The father-of-five, 75-year-old Cornelus Bezuidenhout, currently a resident of Melbourne, had made the comments to police after the girl had begged her parents to keep him away.

A self-professed 'good Christian', Bezuidenhout had been looking after the six-year-old after befriending the parents of his niece's friend. But according to the Daily Mail, he proceeded to repeatedly sexually assault and molest the child after collecting her from kindergarten and taking her on trips to the park or playing dolls in their home. He is even said to have once touched her inappropriately in the presence of her parents.

Bezuidenhout was sentenced 22 months in prison (Source: Facebook)
Bezuidenhout was sentenced 22 months in prison (Source: Facebook)

He was outed for his behavior after the girl pleaded with her parents to not let him around the house anymore because "he's not as nice as he seems". The brave child then testified against his crimes in front of a judge just a few days before Christmas 2017, explaining how Bezuidenhout had hurt her.

The 75-year-old initially pleaded not guilty to abusing the girl, denying the allegations to his wife of 26 years. He continued the charade during talks with investigators, where he insisted that the child was trouble and blamed her for the abuse.

He said "it was no accident" and that "it was purely for her as she wanted it". Bezuidenhout also called the assaults a "game", telling detectives that the girl "knew exactly what she was doing". 

He added that he had abused her only to "please her" and that he was a "good Christian" who had not been able to maintain an erection for the last five years. "This little girl should know boundaries because she'll get herself into trouble," he reportedly claimed, also stating how it was "unbelievable a five-year-old seduces a 75-year-old man".

Bezuidenhout eventually pleaded guilty to two charges of sexually assaulting a child aged under 16, with County Court of Victoria Judge Gabriele Cannon condemning the South African native for his "gross breach of trust" and terming his comments on the child as "repugnant".

She said that the 75-year-old blamed the child despite knowing what he did was wrong and said that the "punishment must be just". He was subsequently sentenced to 22 months in jail, with a non-parole period of 10 months. 

Bezuidenhout and his wife have divorced since the allegations of his sexual assault came to light and after he finishing serving his sentence, he is expected to be deported back to South Africa.