A man has been jailed after converting a doll he bought for his grandchildren from Kmart into a child sex toy.
Robert Garcia from Warilla on the NSW south coast has become the first person in Australia to be jailed for possessing a child-like sex doll.
The 52-year-old transformed the doll he bought from Kmart into a crude sex toy by cutting a hole in the doll’s crotch and adding a synthetic tube for penetration.
The doll is about 65 centimetres tall and dressed in a pink top with blonde pig tails and no underwear.
Robert Garcia has been jailed for 12 months for possessing a child-like sex doll. He bought the doll from Kmart and altered it himself (stock image)
Footage of Garcia having sex with the doll was found in his home by police during a welfare check, along with child pornography on three different mobile phones.
Judge Andrew Haesler quashed arguments from Garcia’s lawyers to spare their client from jail, according to the Illawarra Mercury.
‘Given the seriousness of the offences I can only impose a custodial sentence,’ he said.
Judge Haesler noted the toy was home made and Garcia was not supporting a commercial market for sex dolls.
‘It appears his interest in young children and his use of doll occurred at the time he was drinking heavily,’ he said.
Garcia was sentenced to 12-months in jail with a two-year recognisance bond in Wollongong Courthouse (pictured) on Monday
‘If he undergoes treatment, I’m reasonably confident if he refrains from using alcohol he is unlikely to reoffend.’
Garcia will be placed on the NSW child sex offenders registry on release from jail in July 2021.
He was charged under new laws that passed through parliament less than two months before his arrest.