Sex offences linked to Parkinson’s treatment
As former MP Terry Martin was sentenced in the Tasmanian Supreme Court to a suspended jail term for having sex with a 12-year-old prostitute, Justice David Porter said his treatment for Parkinson’s disease was a major factor.
“The commission of the crimes is directly connected to what was effectively a mental illness, caused by medication prescribed for a serious physical condition,” Justice Porter said.
“But for the medication, he would not have been engaging the services of sex workers and would have had no contact with the complainant.”
Martin was one of around 100 men who had sex with the girl during the time she was advertised, by her mother, as a prostitute of legal age.
The court heard Martin had spent about $150,000 on 500 sessions involving 160 sex workers from 2007 to 2009. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2005 and had reported to his treating doctor in 2008 his escalating