A FORMER south-west factory manager who appealed after being found guilty of sexually assaulting two female colleagues has now received a harsher jail sentence.
Roger Anthony Spangaro, 56, of The Vineyard, Waurn Ponds, pleaded not guilty to eight counts of indecent assault but was found guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court on September 20 last year and jailed for three months.
This week Spangaro appealed against both the conviction and sentence in the Warrnambool County Court.
Judge Mark Gamble found the victims were thoroughly believable and creditable witnesses.
He sentenced Spangaro to 12 months’ imprisonment with four months to serve immediately and the remaining eight months suspended for 18 months
Spangaro sexually assaulted the two women on numerous occasions when they were alone with him, each unaware the other was being assaulted until allegations were raised.
In a two-day contested hearing, Spangaro did not give evidence.
After finding the charges proven, Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt said the women suffered greatly while Spangaro received sexual gratification.
He convicted Spangaro and sentenced him to three months’ jail, a two-year community corrections order with 200 hours’ work, ordered him to undertake a sex offender’s program and placed him on the sex offender’s register for life.
“I am suspicious of the nature of your psycho-sexual health and believe you should be supervised and treated,” Mr Klestadt said at the time.
The women were assaulted between August, 2010 and February 3, 2011.
One woman told of Spangaro touching and fondling, which escalated into further sex acts in her presence.
The victim said she had tried to disassociate herself from the events in the hope Spangaro would stop.
The second woman claimed Spangaro’s behaviour started about a month after she began work at the factory.
It commenced with touching her in an inappropriate way and kissing and progressed to rubbing himself against her and rubbing her breasts.
On February 3, 2011, the two women had a conversation in the office.
One victim said she did not feel comfortable in the office with Spangaro, to which the other replied: “You don’t know the half of it”.
The first victim replied that she did.
She then asked if Spangaro was molesting the other woman, saying that just that morning Spangaro had put her hand on his penis.
The court heard Spangaro, when he was sacked, lost a $50,000 bonus he was due to receive for long-term work with the company.