A SEVEN-year-old boy has been praised for exposing the horrific abuse of a sick paedo who worked at a private childcare centre.
Bronte John Ciracovitch, 35, was handed a 14 year sentence on Wednesday – of which he must serve at least 11.
The dad-of-three worked for the non-government childcare center Child Care Services Australia, which runs five facilities.
He had worked at the childcare center in Adelaide’s northern suburbs for at least eight years.
The paedophile was arrested in 2020 after one of his victims, a brave seven-year-old, told his mother about what had happened to him, claiming that Ciracovitch had abused him on three separate occasions.
“That boy’s mother correctly describes him as a hero in this story, he had the courage to expose you,” Judge Tim Heffernan said, reports The Adelaide Advertiser.
“Your offending only stopped because [that boy] had the courage to tell his mother what you were doing,” he added.
The sex offender was unmasked in March 2021 after the Adelaide Magistrates Court found that there were no reasons to keep his name and image suppressed.
Following Ciracovitch’s arrest, police contacted 180 families whose children went to the center in north Adelaide to alert them about the allegations against the childcare worker, in order to build a case.
“My stomach just dropped… I was just like no it can’t be,” one parent told Seven News about the moment he found out about Ciracovitch’s arrest.
“I felt utterly sick, I felt betrayed…I will never, ever trust again. [My son] attended the center when he turned one and he left as soon as I found out about what happened and the arrest.”
The offender pleaded guilty to multiple child abuse and child exploitation charges, but begged the Adelaide District Court for a reduced sentence.
The court hearing some offenses occurred at the childcare centre, while the paedo also carried out his vile attacks in his house, including of a four-year-old boy which was filmed on a mobile by his boyfriend.
In another case, Ciracovitch pleaded guilty to maintaining an unlawful sexual relationship with a child in October 2021, but had previously also pleaded guilty to producing or taking steps to produce child exploitation material.
At the time, he also pleased guilty to two counts of possessing child exploitation material
Ciracovitch remained in custody until he was handed a 14-year old sentence this week.
At the sentencing on Wednesday, however, Judge Heffernan highlighted how Ciracovitch had not apologized to his victims or their families.
The judge also noted that the perv had earlier tried to downplay his responsibility.
“Notwithstanding your pleas of guilty, I sentence you on the basis you have only limited remorse and insight into your conduct…I regard you as a danger to the community,” Judge Heffernan said.
Rockley, meanwhile, has pleaded guilty to allegedly related charges and will stand trial at a later date.