s northern suburbs has been hit with a nine-year prison sentence.
Phillip Taupin, 32, stalked his victims on bike paths and parkland through the Darebin, Reservoir and Coburg areas in 2011, 2012 and January this year, indecently assaulting women and girls as young as 15, the County Court heard today.
"General deterrence is of considerable importance in a case such as this.
"By my sentence of you, I must seek to deter other men who think that they can prey upon women for their sexual gratification as if they had a right to do so." Judge Sexton said Taupins explanation to police after his arrest that he was lonely was pathetic.
"He wanted to change back to the original family name and wanted to move on," he said.