A CALOUNDRA mother said she was still trying to get her head around the massive failure in the justice system which allowed a man convicted of raping her nine-year-old boy to send him a love letter from inside prison.
The mother, who cannot be identified in order to protect the identity of her son, said she was still coming to terms with what had happened as the story made headlines across the nation.
She said she could fully understand the community's shock and anger after APN Newsdesk exclusively revealed her son's rapist, Christopher John McCoy, 21, had sent unwanted correspondence to her son from inside jail.
In the letter McCoy said he loved the boy and told him how much he was suffering inside prison.
The mother, talking exclusively to APN Newsdesk, said if her suffering helped save another child or family from going through a similar ordeal then it was all worth it.
"I am extremely grateful this predator and his sick letter to my son has been exposed," she said.
"I do hope there is a full investigation in to what happened so it does not happen to another family or child.
"To have this never happen again to another family would be a fantastic outcome.
"I really hope the authorities take note of what occurred and tighten their procedures."
McCoy, who is from Kingsthorpe west of Toowoomba, pleaded guilty in Maroochydore District Court to recording himself committing revolting sex acts on a friend's younger brother at his home in Caloundra.
The details of the eight offences, which occurred in January last year, were not disclosed in court, but did include one charge of actual penile penetration.
The offences only came to light after McCoy's younger brother found a sex video and photos of the boy on his mobile phone and reported them to their mother, who then informed police.
However, the victim's mother told APN Newsdesk she had no ill-feeling towards McCoy's family.
"I have told McCoy's mother she has my respect because it would have been an extremely hard thing for a mother to expose her son and report him to police," she said.
"I respect her for bringing it to the attention of police.
"She and her other son (the one who located the sex video and pictures on his older brother's phone) are also innocent victims in this horrible affair.
"Their family has been shattered as well and I certainly hold no animosity towards the mother and her youngest son."
McCoy was sentenced earlier this year to three years in jail which was to be suspended after serving nine months.
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