Sex trial jury: not guilty

UPDATE: The jury has found Mr Jarvis not guilty of both charges.

EARLIER: THE jury will retire today in a Launceston Supreme Court trial involving a man accused of offering a girl money for sex.

Desmond John Jarvis, 71, of Westbury, pleaded not guilty yesterday to two counts of having made communication with a young person under the age of 17 years, with the intent of engaging in an unlawful sexual act.

Mr Jarvis is an Order of Australia recipient.

This morning, Crown prosecutor Peter Sherriff, in his closing address, talked about evidence given of Mr Jarvis's sexual dysfunction.

He said that if a person had a sexual dysfunction, this did not necessarily mean they had lost an interest in sex.

``I say that the urge to want to have sex in human nature is a very powerful urge,'' Mr Sherriff said.

He also addressed the evidence given by the complainant's mother, about the time Mr Jarvis visited her house after one of the alleged incidents.

Mr Sherriff said that Mr Jarvis "started to panic'' when the girl's mother told him that a local school was aware of the situation.