How a hero seven-year-old boy helped take down a paedophile
- Bronte Ciracovitch, 35, jailed for multiple child abuse and exploitation offences
- He worked for a private childcare provider in Adelaide until his arrest in 2020
- On Wednesday he received a 14 year sentence of which he must serve at least 11
- His offending was only uncovered after a brave 7-year-old victim told his mother
A seven-year-old boy has been hailed a hero after helping to expose the shocking crimes of a sickening sex predator who worked at a childcare centre.
Bronte John Ciracovitch, 35, was jailed for 14 years on Wednesday despite a belated groveling admission of full responsibility for his actions and begging the court for a reduced sentence.
He had worked for non-government childcare centre Child Care Services Australia, which runs two facilities in Adelaide‘s northern suburbs and three in regional SA, before his arrest in September 2020.
Letters were then sent to 180 clients of one northern suburbs centre alerting them of the allegations and making further inquiries, sending the families into a panic.
Bronte John Ciracovitch (pictured), 35, was jailed for 14 years on Wednesday for multiple offences when he worked at a northern Adelaide childcare centre
Ciracovitch pleaded guilty to multiple child abuse and child exploitation charges with the court hearing some offences occurred at the centre and some in his house, including abusing a four-year-old boy which was filmed on a phone.
The alarm was raised when another of his victims, a seven-year-old boy he abused on three occasions, spoke up about what happened.
‘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 said.
The judge noted Ciracovitch had had given no apology to his victims or their families and had earlier attempted to downplay his responsibility because his ex-boyfriend was allegedly involved in the offending.
Ciracovitch attended Elizabeth Magistrates Court in Adelaide (pictured) in September last year after his arrest
‘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,’ he said.
He pleaded guilty to multiple charges including having maintained an unlawful sexual relationship with a child and having produced, or taken steps to produce, child exploitation material.
The judge praised police who had worked on the case and added the offending was an ‘insult’ to the many hard-working, dedicated and responsible childcare workers who viewed the protective aspect of their work in the highest regard.
Ciracovitch must serve at least 11 years of his 14 year sentence which was backdated to his arrest.