Posts Tagged ‘South Australia’

Attacks on two brothers

16/10/2009 12:21:00 AM

A FORMER Ballarat man has been registered as a sex offender for life and jailed for molesting two young brothers almost a decade ago.

In the County Court at Ballarat yesterday, Glen Francis Roberts, 51, was convicted and sentenced to three years’ jail.

Last week he pleaded guilty to two counts of committing an indecent act with a child under 16. The charges related to the sexual assault of two brothers, who cannot be named, on two occasions near Ballarat in 2000.

The sentence is Roberts’ second jail term in four years for child sex offences. In 2005, he was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment for the sexual assault of children in South Australia.

These offences took place between 2001 and 2004.

The court had been told Roberts inappropriately touched one of the boys while his brother slept in the same room. Roberts told the boy, who tried to push him away, that he would kill him if he told anyone about the incident.

In a separate incident, Roberts inappropriately touched the other boy and told him he would punch his head in if he told anyone about it.

Judge Jeanette Morrish, in sentencing Roberts, described him as a serious sex offender. She said it was vital to protect the community from this type of behaviour.

“Both (victims) were under the age of 10. You were in a position of trust and grossly abused it,” Judge Morrish said.

She said Roberts must be registered as a sex offender for the rest of his life because he had previously committed eight sexual offences against a child.

Judge Morrish directed that one year of the jail term be served concurrently with Roberts’ present sentence.

He will be eligible for parole in May, 2013.

Gavin Shaun Schuster

Posted: March 27, 2013 by Serendipity in South Australia
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UPDATE: March 2013

Schuster will be released back into the community on July 1.

UPDATE: Feb 2013

Gavin Shaun Schuster has launched  court action to be freed on licence for a second time. When he was first released on licence in 2009 he was returned to prison within months after breaching its strict conditions.

Convicted paedophile set for release

Updated Tue Dec 23, 2008 1:54pm AEDT

A convicted paedophile who was previously ruled incapable of controlling his sexual urges will be released on licence next year in South Australia.

Gavin Shaun Schuster, 33, was jailed for seven years in March 2000 for indecent assault and unlawful sexual intercourse involving a six-year-old girl.

He was later ruled incapable of controlling his sexual instincts and jailed indefinitely.

In the SA Supreme Court, Justice Richard White found that Schuster was determined to rehabilitate himself and could get access to appropriate treatment programs if released.

He is to be released on licence next June.

Raymond Edward Mountford

Posted: January 23, 2013 by Serendipity in Photo, South Australia, Victoria
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Mountford – Raymond Edward Malcolm - Photoa

Man jailed for seven years over sex abuse

Posted Fri Oct 24, 2008 11:16am AEDT
Updated Fri Oct 24, 2008 5:36pm AEDT

A Victorian man has been sentenced to seven years in jail in South Australia for sexual abuse dating back 35 years.

Raymond Edward Martin Mountford, of Dandenong, was convicted of 13 counts of indecent assault and two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse.

The charges related to incidents between 1973 and 2003 and involved seven victims aged under 12.

SA District Court Judge Wayne Chivell sentenced the man to seven years jail with a non-parole term of four years.

Sex offender to be extradited to SA

Posted Thu Jan 27, 2005 5:33pm AEDT

A Darwin man will be extradited to South Australia tomorrow after failing to attend a sex offender’s program in that state.

Forty-two-year old David Rupert Mills was convicted in 2001 of indecently assaulting a nine-year-old girl.

He was sentenced to a 10-month suspended jail term on the condition that he attend a sex offender’s program.

Mills was also ordered to undertake 140 hours of community service but failed to complete any time.

South Australian police issued a warrant for the man’s arrest and he was apprehended in Darwin this week.

The Darwin Magistrates Court heard police had received complaints from people who had seen the man singing at a Darwin market and doing bubble tricks for children at the weekend.

The Magistrate Jenny Blokland refused bail and ordered that Mills be extradited to Adelaide tomorrow, to appear in court on Monday.

Police pose as girls to snare internet predator

July 7, 2011

A Victorian man engaged in sexually explicit internet chats with police officers posing as two teenage girls and arranged to meet them for sex, a court has heard.

Cameron Bruce Millard, 42, thought he was chatting to 13- and 14-year-old girls, and told them he wanted to have sex with them.

Millard arranged to meet them at suburban railway stations, but he did not show up for the meetings, prosecutor Robert Corr said.

During the conversations he asked the officers posing as girls about their breasts and masturbated in front of them on a webcam.

When one of them said she was a virgin, Millard replied: “Not for long”.

Millard was jailed in South Australia last year for inciting a child to perform an indecent act after an online conversation with a South Australian police officer posing as a girl.

That conversation took place around the same time as the Victorian one.

When Millard was paroled in South Australia after serving 10 months he was immediately re-arrested and extradited to Victoria.

Millard’s barrister Philip Skehan said his client had an intellectual disability and was effectively an “eight-year-old in a man’s body”.

He urged Judge Campton to place his client on a release order, which is similar to a suspended sentence.

Mr Corr said the fact that no child had suffered did not diminish the seriousness of the offending.

He said it was clear Millard knew what he was doing was illegal.

Millard, of Croydon, who pleaded guilty to two counts of using a carriage service to procure a child under 16 for sex, will be sentenced on August 5.

Man jailed for seducing girl, 13

  • From:AdelaideNow
  • September 28, 2010 6:09pm

A VICTORIAN man attempted to seduce a 13-year-old girl and travelled to Adelaide to meet her, but “chickened out”, a court has heard.

Cameron Bruce Millard, 41, of Melbourne pleaded guilty to one count of inciting an indecent act by a child.

In sentencing today, Judge Rosie Davey said Millard travelled to Adelaide but “chickened out” of meeting with the girl – actually an undercover police officer.

She said Millard had spoken with the intended victim using an internet chat program for about a month and planned the meeting as part of a trip to SA, where he also wanted to visit his infant son.

During those chats he performed indecent acts on himself and asked the intended victim do the same.

He also asked for a picture of the girl’s breasts.

On arrival in Adelaide he contacted the intended victim, but then made excuses to avoid the meeting.

Judge Davey said it was important to protect young people, particularly teenagers, using the internet.

“It is important that it is widely known in the community that the risk of being caught by police is very real,” Judge Davey said.

“It is important for the community to know that police officers are regularly conducting operations and engaging in chat room conversations.”

Judge Davey said Millard, a former Coles trolley collector, had an intellectual disability, but was aware what he was doing was wrong.

She said he was embarrassed and sorry for his actions.

Millard, who faced a maximum of 10 years in prison, was setenced to 7 months in custody. He has been in custody since his April arrest and will be eligible for release in a just over a month.

After his release, Millard plans to return to Victoria to care for his ill elderly mother.

Victorian tried to seduce ‘girl’ over internet

  • Sean Fewster, Court Reporter
  • From: AdelaideNow
  • August 13, 2010 2:16PM

A VICTORIAN man has admitted trying to seduce a South Australian girl for sex over the internet.

Cameron Bruce Millard, 41, of Croydon in Victoria, appeared in the Adelaide Magistrates Court today.

He pleaded guilty to one aggravated count of inciting an indecent act by a child.

Prosecutors had alleged that, beginning on March 15, Millard used the Yahoo Chat program to chat and exchange photos with a girl he thought was Claudia Williams, 13.

They said that, in April, he travelled to Adelaide to meet her.

That rendezvous never took place because “Claudia” was the alias of an undercover police officer.

Magistrate Maria Panagiotidis remanded Millard in custody to face the District Court next month.

Mangnoson – Peter John - Photoa

Child sex offender in Mackay court

Bruce Mckean | 15th October 2009

PETER Mangnoson moved to Sarina from South Australia after being convicted of a child pornography offence but police had to track him down and take him to court in Mackay after he failed to register as a reportable sex offender despite being given official notification.

When police went to get him in Sarina on Tuesday, Mangnoson tried to avoid them by walking behind the backyards of neighbours’ properties to get to his own back door.

He was unco-operative and aggressive towards Mackay Child Protection and Investigation Unit detectives and was handcuffed and arrested.

He was refused bail and held in custody overnight until his case yesterday.

Peter John Mangnoson, 40, who used to live in Whyalla, was convicted in March this year of possessing child pornography on his mobile phone.

Mangnoson lost the phone in a hotel last year and it was handed in to South Australian police who found a significant number of sexual images of children.

Judge Peter Herriman said Mangnoson’s partner supported him through the trial and said she had confidence in his rehabilitation.

Judge Herriman set a jail term of 15 months, suspending it for a two-year good behaviour bond and 96 hours of community service.

Mangnoson pleaded guilty in the Mackay Magistrate’s Court yesterday to failing to comply with reporting conditions imposed by the Australian National Child Offence Register (ANCOR) on October 6.

The court heard that he was convicted of a child sex offence in South Australia on March 6 this year.

Prosecutor Constable Tania Cutler said Mangnoson had to be a reportable offender for eight years.

Detectives gave him a notice to report on September 8, requiring him to register within 28 days.

“He signed an acknowledgement form indicating he knew his reporting obligations,” Const Cutler said.

He did not report within those 28 days.

Duty lawyer John Aberdeen, of Legal Aid Queensland, said the offence for which Mangnoson was convicted in South Australia was not a reportable offence there but was a reportable offence in Queensland.

Mangnoson was a train driver who lived by himself in a rental property.

He was fined $600.

Paedophile bashed in jail

Updated August 30, 2011 15:35:45

A convicted paedophile has need medical treatment after being attacked in the medium security section of Risdon Prison.

The prison has confirmed an inmate was attacked on Monday.

Vivian Frank Kingston’s wrist was broken in the attack.

The 69 year old was sentenced to eight years jail in 2005 after being convicted of 24 counts of sexual abuse involving 15 boys in the 1970s.

He was extradited to Tasmania after being convicted in South Australia and Victoria for similar offences against young males during the 1980s and ’90s.

Govt rejects compo claim over sexual abuse

Posted August 29, 2011 11:19:36

The Tasmanian Government has sought legal advice to determine if it had a duty of care for a sexual abuse victim from the 1970s.

Robert McKellar Ellis is seeking an ex-gratia payment after a local government employee pleaded guilty to sexually abusing him in Burnie while he was on a court-appointed work order.

The supervisor of the work orders, Vivian Frank Kingston, was convicted in 2005 of abusing Mr Mackellar-Ellis and 14 other boys.

He was sentenced to eight years jail for 24 counts of sexual abuse in what the judge described as “…a scene of great depravity.”

Kingston was extradited to Tasmania after being convicted in South Australia and Victoria for similar offences against young males during the 1980’s and ’90’s.

Most of his victims were under the age of 17 and were from a nearby school.

Abuse support groups have condemned the Government’s decision to reject Mr McKellar-Ellis’ compensation claim.

The Premier, Lara Giddings, says the State Government sought legal advice on the claim and decided it could not be held accountable for the actions of a council worker.

Man jailed on sex charges

Posted Wed Feb 23, 2005 8:38pm AEDT

A man in Tasmania’s north-west been given eight years jail for sex offences against young boys.

The Criminal Court in Burnie has been told the offences date back to the 1970s.

Vivian Frank Kingston, 69, made a full confession when confronted by police.

He pleaded guilty to four counts of maintaining a sexual relationship with a young person, two counts of having sexual intercourse with a young person and 18 counts of indecent assault.

The chief justice, Peter Underwood, said 15 different boys were lured into Kingston’s hut at West Park with promises of beer, cigarettes and pornography.

He said community revulsion at Kingston’s criminal behaviour calls for the imposition of severe punishment.

Kingston was given a non-parole period of five years.


UPDATE:  In July 2013 the Court of Appeal quashed his child-stealing conviction.

He was resentenced for the other offences & released from Ararat prison.

Man jailed over child stealing

Updated 5 hours 8 minutes ago

A central Victorian man has been sentenced to more than two years in jail, after being found with a 13-year-old girl in Millicent, in south-east South Australia, last year.

Dean Patrick James, 37, of Ballarat pleaded guilty to charges of child stealing, theft and possessing child pornography.

Last April, James was found at the Millicent Swimming Lake with the girl, whom he groomed over the internet.

He was sentenced to two years and three months in prison, with a non-parole period of one year and six months.

Ballarat man admits to child stealing

Updated 53 minutes ago

A court has been told a Ballarat man was serving a suspended sentence when he ran away with a 13-year-old girl in April after they met online.

Dean Patrick James, 37, pleaded guilty to charges including child stealing and possession of child pornography.

The County Court sitting in Ballarat, heard the girl from the north-west of the state, was about 10 when she and James began chatting on a singles site.

She told him she was 20-years-old.

It is alleged she later said she was 15 and was suffering from violence in her home.

She met him in Ballarat in March before being returned by authorities to her parents.

The court was told they were in regular contact and exchanged explicit photos.

A month later, she again met him in Ballarat and they drove to Millicent, South Australia, where they were intercepted by police.

The court was told James thought he was rescuing the girl from her violent home.

The hearing will resume in February.

Child stealing accused pleads guilty

Updated Fri Aug 17, 2012 2:31pm AEST

A Sebastopol man has pleaded guilty, in the Ballarat Magistrates Court in central Victoria, to child stealing.

Dean Patrick James, 36, was extradited to Ballarat in April, after he was found in the company of a missing Victorian girl at Millicent in south-east South Australia.

The child’s disappearance sparked a two-week search after it was suspected James lured the teenager away from her family.

In the Ballarat court yesterday, James pleaded guilty to child stealing, possessing child pornography and fraudulent use of car numberplates.

He is due to reappear in the County Court later this month.

Ballarat court told: 13yo ran away twice

By Jordan Oliver

July 24, 2012, midnight

Sebastopol man Dean James, 36, appeared at the Ballarat Magistrates Court yesterday charged with two counts of child stealing and a child pornography offence.

Magistrate Peter Couzens said the charges were “too serious” for James to be sentenced and directed the case towards the County Court.

The court heard James and the girl began communicating on an internet chat site in 2008, before the relationship progressed to text messaging.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Bob Anderson read a summary of the offences to the court, explaining that on March 24 this year, the girl sent an image of herself to James’ mobile phone.

He said at about the same time, the 13 year old sent a text to James indicating she was 15.

The court heard that on March 26, James paid for a V/line ticket so the girl could come to Ballarat, which she did the following day.

Sergeant Anderson said she left home in her school uniform, travelled by bus and train and was met by James at the Ballarat train station that afternoon.

He said James took her to his home in Sebastopol, before her parents reported her missing.

Police found the girl hiding at James’ home that night, after he had pretended to officers she wasn’t there.

The court heard she was taken to social welfare accommodation overnight but escaped, spending the remainder of the night with James.

Sergeant Anderson said the pair were located the next day and the girl was reunited with her parents.

It was also revealed that on April 17, the girl again travelled to Ballarat – again in her school uniform – and met with James.

After stopping off at the Sebastopol address, the pair travelled to South Australia, where James was arrested on April 23.

Mr Couzens declined to hear the case further, arguing “it’s not stealing a car, it’s stealing a child.”

The child-stealing charges were adjourned to a committal mention next month.

Man accused of child stealing has bail revoked


25 Apr, 2012 12:24 AM

A MAN accused of child stealing has been remanded in custody without making an application for bail.

Dean Patrick James, 36, from Sebastopol, appeared briefly in Ballarat Magistrates Court yesterday morning, where he faced four charges relating to two separate matters.

Wearing a Melbourne Demons polo shirt and army camouflage cargo pants, James sat quietly in the dock as police successfully applied to revoke his bail.

His lawyer Jeremy Harper made no further application for bail.

Among the charges, James is facing single counts of child stealing and attempting to procure a child under 16 for sex, relating to his alleged abduction of a 13-year-old schoolgirl.

The teenager was reported missing after she left her home near Swan Hill on Tuesday last week.

James was arrested in Millicent in South Australia on Saturday, before magistrate Jack Fahey on Monday approved an extradition application made by members of the Ballarat Sexual Offence and Child Abuse Investigative Team.

Yesterday, the court heard James was on bail for other matters at the time of the alleged abduction.

He was due to appear in court on March 20 regarding charges of assault and assault by kicking, but failed to appear.

Magistrate Peter Couzens remanded James to reappear in court on June 19.

On Monday, James’ lawyer Ebony Cunningham told the Mount Gambier Magistrates Court her client would never have been in South Australia had the teenage girl not contacted him.

“He was attempting to protect a minor,” she said.

Ms Cunningham also claimed James had believed the girl was 20 years old until she purchased a train ticket to Ballarat last week.

Detective Senior Constable Adam Tink told the Mount Gambier court police had arrested James after receiving several tip-offs about the girl’s whereabouts.

Police to apply for extradition of Sebastopol man


23 Apr, 2012 12:27 PM

A SEBASTOPOL man will front Ballarat Magistrates Court tomorrow morning on child stealing charges after police applied successfully to extradite him from South Australia.

Dean Patrick James, 36, fronted court in Mount Gambier this morning, where Magistrate Jack Fahey granted his extradition.

It followed his arrest about 10am on Saturday in Millicent, in south-east South Australia.

South Australian Police Superintendent Peter Crouch said James was seen by a member of the public with the girl while sitting in a car at a swimming lake in the town.

Police seized the blue Ford station wagon the pair had been travelling in and charged James with attempting to procure a child under 16 for sex and child stealing.

A Millicent resident called police after noticing the girl wearing a school uniform on a Saturday.

The woman said she pretended to collect rubbish from around the lake to observe the pair before calling police.

The girl was driven by South Australian police officers to be reunited with her parents in Victoria on Saturday night.

She had been missing since Tuesday after travelling to Ballarat via Bendigo to meet James, who had allegedly groomed her via a social networking website.

James was remanded in custody and will face court in Mt Gambier today.

On Friday, Ballarat police said they had received information about sightings of the pair but officers would not disclose the location for fear of interfering with the hunt.

Paedophile leaves court and community at a loss

January 10, 2013 – 12:01AM

Amy Remeikis

We need to talk about Michael.

Intellectually deficient – court-ordered tests estimate his IQ is between 61 and 69 [an average adult IQ starts at 90] – Michael Richard Hodges has been in and out of the Queensland court system for the past 13 years.

On paper the 33-year-old’s crimes are among what society considers to be the absolute worse – Hodges’s attempts to procure children under the age of 16, and in some cases under the age of 12, via the internet are prolific.

The Cleveland resident’s modus operandi is always the same – enter an internet chat room, try to identify the younger users, attempt to lure them to meet him for sex. The handles he uses point to his intellectual capabilities. When he was 25, one of his chat room names was ‘Michael25′. The following year, it was ‘Michael26′.

His criminal history, once again read out in a Brisbane District Court on Tuesday, is littered with procurement offences dating back to 2000.

In the past he has also pleaded guilty to involving a child in making child exploitation material, using the internet to access child pornography and soliciting a child under 10.

He has committed offences while on bail and parole. He has been to prison and completed programs. He has committed offences the day after he was released from prison. The offences have only stopped when he has been incarcerated and under strict 24-hour supervision.

This week, wearing cargo pants and a striped jumper zipped all the way to his neck, Hodges faced Judge Terence Martin, SC, with a bemused expression and a slumped posture and pleaded guilty to seven more counts of attempting to procure a child using the internet between June 19 and June 27 last year.

It wasn’t his first time sitting in the accused dock. And everyone in that court room, from Judge Martin to Hodges’s defence barrister, Mark Green, to the two family members who came to support a lonely confused man, knew it wouldn’t be the last.

This time round, Hodges had been chatting to a police officer when he thought he had convinced 13-year-old “Bree” to meet him for sex at a Brisbane hotel, promising strawberry-flavoured lubricant and gentleness.

When officers arrested him at the arranged meeting place, a train station close to the hotel, he admitted his intentions.

In the past, many, many arrests ago, Hodges had been angry. He had told police he wanted what had happened to him as a child to happen to other children.

“I wanted other people to get hurt like I did,” was the sentence from Hodges’s 2005 arrest interview that prosecutor Ken Spinaze read out to the court .

This time, there was no anger. Just an acceptance that he didn’t know how to stop.

And the courts don’t have the capacity to make him.

Hodges’s story is, like so many others which are heard within the hallowed walls of court rooms across the country, tragic.

His parents had a rocky relationship before splitting for good, his mother taking her “simple” boy to live in a caravan park where he was abused by a resident in the park’s toilets.

Without the intellectual capacity to reconcile what had happened to him and without the emotional support of his parents, Hodges drifted, his behaviour becoming increasingly more erratic until he was dumped on his grandparents’ doorstep as a 13-year-old.

Relatives who had come to court on Tuesday to support him because he has no one else said Hodges’ grandparents and other extended family tried to help the young boy.

He was sent to an exclusive private school but was hopelessly outclassed by almost every other student in every field.

When he left school he was still incapable of taking care of himself, but there was nowhere else to go.

His anger and confusion built, his family said, until he began to seek an outlet for it. That outlet was the internet.

Each jail sentence has made him just a little more savvy when he comes out. His father, whom he has lived with since his last stint in prison, is ill. His extended family, good people from all accounts, know his behaviour is reprehensible but they also know he doesn’t have the capabilities to truly understand why his behaviour is so wrong.

It was when his dad went back into hospital that Hodges’ behaviour once again spiralled out of control.

Bored and housebound, he again turned to chat rooms, where, police, as they have since the mid-2000s, were waiting for him.

Arrested on June 29, 2012, he has been in jail since, waiting for his court date.

When it came to sentencing Hodges for his latest infraction, Judge Martin could only shake his head.

“It’s a tragic case,” he said to Mr Green, the defence barrister.

“This is a clear situation, it seems to me, where your client plainly has intellectual deficits and no doubt he has had and will have a terrible life.

“And on the other hand … the community is entitled to protection from him because his prospects of rehabilitation are very poor. It’s a terrible situation.”

The courts can only sentence people like Hodges within the parameters of what the law allows.

Outside of jail, the state can’t afford for people like Hodges to live structured lives where they are monitored by trained employees. So it falls back on families and an over-worked parole system to fill the gap.

“Your personal circumstances invoke sympathy, however your history is such that it is plain you pose a great threat to the community,” Judge Martin said in sentencing.

“Rehabilitation in your case is most unlikely. The risk of you re-offending, in my view, is very high. The community is entitled to protection from you.”

Judge Martin sighed and then issued the only sentence he could. Three years in prison. No parole date was set.

Hodges, already standing, and having previously used the toe of his white sneaker to play with the top of his foot, said “OK” and looked to his lawyer like he was being taken on a school excursion.

He all but ignored his family in the court, only looking at them once and then away very quickly, like a child whose hand had been caught in the cookie jar and was trying to hide his crime.

After a brief chat with his lawyer, Hodges lumbered towards the door in the custody of correctional services.

He smiled briefly at anyone’s eyes he could meet, before shuffling through the door.

Outside court his relatives released a sigh.

“It’s structure, it is what he needs,” one said.

“He knows what to do each day, he knows when to get up in the morning and that is what he needs. He needs structure and if there was something in the community which offered the same strict structure, we would do that.”

When asked if his client understood what had just happened, his lawyer just shook his head.

“As much as he is able,” he said.

“I think he knows it is as good as it is going to get.”

Paedophile ‘reoffended once out of jail’

February 16, 2007 – 5:04PM

One of Queensland’s worst internet paedophiles returned to cyberspace in a bid to exploit children the day after he was released from jail, a court has been told.

Michael Richard Hodges, 28, of Cleveland in Brisbane’s bayside, pleaded guilty in the Brisbane District Court to charges brought by the state and Commonwealth.

These included two counts of using the internet to procure a child under 16 with a circumstance of aggravation.

He was also charged with one count each of involving a child in making child exploitation material, using a carriage service to cause child pornography material to be transmitted and using a carriage service to access child pornography material.

The court was told Hodges was released from jail on December 15, 2005, after serving time for similar offences.

He was already on the sex offender register.

However, the prosecutor told the court Hodges hit the internet the day after his release and committed the latest offences up until March 20 last year, while serving a suspended jail sentence.

The charges stemmed from the solicitation of a 10-year-old child in South Australia as well as attempts to procure a nine-year-old child.

The court also heard he had a history of using the internet to procure children for sex and also once approached a 10-year-old girl in Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall and touched her bottom.

The prosecutor said the latest offences had “striking” similarities to earlier ones and the offences were escalating.

However, Hodges’ defence lawyers said while the charges were similar, his offending was not escalating.

The court also heard Hodges had a relatively low IQ, recognised he had a problem and had a “very abused and scarred history”.

Hodges will now serve 855 days, plus another year in jail, after which time he will be eligible for parole.

Judge Trafford-Walker set a parole date for July 23, 2009.

‘Predator’ released after guilty plea

Posted Fri Dec 16, 2005 8:30pm AEDT

One of Queensland’s worst Internet predators has been released from jail after pleading guilty to 28 charges of procuring children and indecent treatment.

The District Court heard 26-year-old Michael Richard Hodges, from the Brisbane bayside suburb of Cleveland, would visit Internet chatrooms and attempt to procure young children.

On one occasion he instructed a person to rape their nine-year-old sister.

Judge Gil Trafford-Walker jailed Hodges for three-and-a-half years.

However, the judge ordered Hodges be released immediately because he had already served more than 423 days in pre-sentence custody.

Speaking outside the court, Senior Constable Kenneth King said Hodges was a prolific offender.

“This is certainly the case of the highest number of charges and of persistent offending for this type of offence,” he said.

The intellectually impaired man was also placed on three years’ probation.

Victims reveal horror of child sex

Melanie Petrinec

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

© The Cairns Post

THE extent of a former Cairns man’s abuse of children has been revealed as two victims seek compensation for the crimes that led him to be handed one of the longest jail terms for paedophilia in South Australia’s history.

Ronald John Hendrie was working as a fisherman in the Far North when he was sentenced to 18 months’ jail in 2007 for using cigarettes, lollies and gifts to seduce two Cairns children into having sex with him between 2000 to 2001.

Cairns District Court heard that one of the boys was 14 when he was first shown a pornographic movie at Hendrie’s Cairns home, and the second boy was aged 13 to 14 when he was invited to help the man make a film.

During sentencing, Hendrie’s defence barrister said the man was “not a regular offender”, despite having a criminal history that included a conviction for an unlawful relationship with another boy in the Far North in 1999.

But it has now been revealed the 66-year-old’s crimes against children span back to the 1970s, when he molested three children under the age of 12 in Port Lincoln for more than five years.

Hendrie was handed a 19-year sentence for the Port Lincoln incidents in July.

The victims of those crimes have now have hit out at South Australia’s $2000 cap on criminal compensation and revealed to Adelaide’s The Advertiser for the first time how Hendrie left their lives in tatters.

“My life doesn’t mean anything to me anymore. At the moment, I’m lost,” a male victim said.

A female victim, now in her 40s, said her abuse started when she was three and continued until she was 10.

Paedophile Ronald John Hendrie likely to die in jail

  • by: Investigations Editor Bryan Littlely
  • From: The Advertiser
  • December 27, 2011 12:00AM

A PORT Lincoln truck driver’s sex crimes are among the worst of their kind in the state’s history, a District Court judge says.

For the first time, some of his victims have revealed how the “unspeakably degrading acts” of Ronald John Hendrie, 66, destroyed their lives.

Hendrie, a pest controller and soft-drink transporter in Port Lincoln in the 1970s, is likely to die in jail as he serves one of the longest penalties handed to a convicted paedophile in this state.

This year Hendrie was sentenced to 19 years in jail, including 13 years without parole, for his sustained abuse of three children under the age of 12 for more than five years.

Now those victims have come forward to reveal more details of Hendrie’s crimes – details on which Judge Sydney Tilmouth would not elaborate when he sentenced the paedophile in July because they were so appalling.

To date, only a handful of people – the victims who faced Hendrie in the Port Augusta court, their family and those on the jury who determined his guilt – know the vulgarity of this predator.

Judge Sydney Tilmouth said that “the numerous and unspeakably degrading acts make this case one of the worst of its kind”.

The judge was measured in detailing the horrific crimes, calling them “appalling” and revealing they included persistent abuse over more than five years for each of the victims, all of whom were under the age of 12.

While guarded in his sentencing remarks, the judge explained that the sexual abuse included repeated acts of sexual intercourse, masturbation and fellatio for Hendrie’s “immediate, insatiable, prurient, paedophilic self-gratification”.

“Three innocent, defenceless and vulnerable children were degraded and humiliated to such an extent that they lost all sense of self-dignity. That has remained with them over the decades since,” the judge said.

“These events have resulted in enduring and long-lasting mental scars, scars that will never completely heal.”

One of his victims, a girl now in her 40s, said she was abused by Hendrie for about eight years.

“The abuse of me started when I was probably three and continued until I was 10. I was being taught how to pick up street kids and sexually abuse them … I was being groomed to be like him,” she said.

Another of the victims said he was abused by Hendrie three or four times a week for eight years from the age of eight. He claims he was tied up, raped and beaten. “My life doesn’t mean anything to me anymore. At the moment, I’m lost.”

Both have sought compensation from the Victims of Crime Levy but have been left disappointed that payments have been capped, resulting in just $2000 being offered to each of them.

“I am not doing this for money,” the male victim said. “But is that all a young life back then is worth? Is that what destroying my life was worth?”

The female victim also believed victims of child sex abuse deserved greater compensation and issued a warning to parents and children to be vigilant of abuse.

“I do support the stranger-danger message, but people also have to be aware that the biggest strangers can be those living with you – family and friends who are the people who are meant to protect you,” she said.

Hendrie’s sentence is among the harshest penalties handed down in SA. Former magistrate Peter Liddy received a 25-year sentence for his abuse of multiple victims.

Judge Tilmouth determined that Hendrie first started to abuse the female victim while living in Port Lincoln in the 1970s, when he was in his early 20s.

Hendrie has surprisingly avoided publicity over his crimes, despite also having convictions in Queensland and the Northern Territory for similar acts.

In March 2005, he was sentenced to 18 months in jail by the District Court in Cairns for three counts of indecent treatment of children and six counts of indecent exposure to children, committed between September 1999 and April 2004.

In October 2005, he was sentenced again by the Cairns District Court to 390 days in prison on two aggravated counts of maintaining an unlawful relationship with a child, committed between April 2000 and December 2001.

Next in July 2008, he was sentenced by the Supreme Court at Alice Springs on two counts of gross indecency on a male under 14 years of age and an aggravated assault. His term was two years and six months in prison with a non-parole period of 15 months.

The moment he was released on parole on that sentence, April 17, 2010, he was taken into custody over these three offences in SA.

“In fixing the sentence, which is about to be imposed, your relatively advanced age is relevant to the extent that the total sentence should not be too crushing,” Judge Tilmouth said.

“In all the circumstances an appropriate sentence is one of 19 years’ imprisonment, made up of eight years’ imprisonment each in relation to counts one and two and three years on count three.

“Given your advanced age and the fact you will probably remain in custody for the better part of your remaining natural life, an appropriate non-parole period of 13 years is set.

“Having reviewed the totality of the proposed sentences, I do not regard them as crushing. In fact they are rather merciful given the extreme nature of the abuse.”