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Frank Beerens jailed over rape of teenage girl in Brisbane caravan park in 1984

A man who raped a teenage girl beside a dam in a caravan park 37 years ago has finally been jailed - but he could be free in under two years.

Frank Beerens, 64, on Wednesday was found guilty of raping the girl at a holiday park in Brisbane during the Christmas school break in 1984.

After the horrific ordeal, the then 27-year-old told the girl: 'If you tell anyone I s****ed you it will be your fault.'

Beerens was jailed for seven years at Brisbane District Court but will be eligible for parole in May 2022.

Frank Beerens, 64, on Wednesday was found guilty of raping the girl at a holiday park in Brisbane during the Christmas school break in 1984 (file image)

The 64-year-old was charged in 2015 following a police interview, the Courier Mail reported.

Prosecutor Elizabeth Kelso said the case's delay was a 'reflection of court processes in the regions'.

Ms Kelso also said it was due to a lack of court availability in the south-east Queensland town of Warwick where the case was first listed.

Beerens had also committed sexual crimes against another young girl at the same time.

He was charged for the offences in 1991 but they were never pursued.

Eventually he was charged and pleaded guilty to indecent treatment of a child before being given a suspended sentence in December last year. 

On Wednesday, Beerens' barrister, David Jones, said the lengthy court proceedings caused a 'high degree of frustration' for the 64-year-old who had changed since committing the violent acts.

'His track record of recent years is one that is consistent with a man who has addressed his demons,' Mr Jones said.

Judge Brian Devereaux said the victim had been forced to recount the attack 'over and over to different counsellors without relief'.

'The last five years, she says, have been an emotional rollercoaster waiting for the long court process,' he said. 

Judge Devereaux also said he believed Beerens had a 'low risk' of reoffending. 

The 64-year-old was sentenced to seven years behind bars on Wednesday but could be eligible for parole in just under two years (file image)

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