The former Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale has been sentenced to a further seven-and-a-half years imprisonment – with a non-parole period of 27 months – for 33 offences stemming from his time in office.
These include fraud, official corruption, perjury, unlawful drug possession and two counts of sexual assault.
Pisasale, 69, is already in prison for extortion after posing as a private investigator.
The former politician, who was known as “Mr Ipswich”, previously admitted persistently pursuing and kissing a woman in his mayoral chambers at the Ipswich city council in December 2016.
“This conduct was persistent and involved abuse of your position as mayor for your own sexual satisfaction,” Judge Dennis Lynch said.
The official corruption charge relates to Pisasale agreeing to champion a Yamanto real estate project during his time as mayor by influencing council workers and contractors.
He was promised millions of dollars if sales went ahead as planned, but instead received the services of escorts and two relatively small cash payments.
Pisasale appeared in Ipswich district court via video-link on Wednesday and sat motionless in prison greens as Lynch handed down the sentence.
Pisasale was also sentenced for disobedience to statute law and unlawfully possessing Sildenafil, which is often sold under the brand name Viagra.
The perjury conviction followed a Crime and Corruption Commission investigation that started in October 2017.
Pisasale gave false testimony at a CCC hearing about carrying packages from interstate for the barrister Sam Di Carlo.
A raft of fraud charges relate to Ipswich city council property and money.
Pisasale had his assistant deposit $26,000 in donations into a personal bank account instead of disbursing it to the intended beneficiaries.
He spent $4,322 of council money to travel to concerts in Sydney and Melbourne.
He also applied to his own use charity auction items, including sporting memorabilia, a barbecue, kitchen appliances, artwork, photographs, decorative items and whiskey.
Pisasale read an apology to the court at a previous appearance, saying he started out trying to help the “beautiful people of Ipswich” but personal “obsession and a lack of judgment” took over during a “dark period of his life”.
“My mind and ego took over and my behaviour was out of control,” he told the courtroom last week.
“I am not a bad person but I have made some very bad decisions.”
Pisasale was credited with the “renaissance” of Ipswich during his tenure as mayor from 2004 to 2017.
He resigned in June 2017 following a CCC raid at his office and home.
Pisasale was previously sentenced to two years’ prison, suspended after 12 months, after he was convicted of extortion in 2019.