Christopher Michael Niehus

Posted: April 23, 2012 by Robbo in Australia, Convicted, paedophile, Photo, Sentenced, South Australia
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Mother relieved by stalker Christopher Niehus’s jail sentence

by: Andrew Dowdell

From: Sunday Mail (SA)

April 21, 2012 10:00PM

A YOUNG mother says she is relieved the man who sexually abused and stalked her is serving a prison sentence.

Adele Bloor was 14 when she was involved in a two-year sexual relationship with Christopher Michael Niehus from 2003.

In November 2007, former District Court judge Marie Shaw gave Niehus a three-year suspended prison term after he pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse.

The sentencing led to Family First MP Dennis Hood calling in Parliament for Judge Shaw’s sacking – comments that he later retracted.

Ms Bloor, 23, said she had hoped the sentencing would end her ordeal but within days Niehus was again contacting her via email and Facebook.

“Some of the emails would report where I had parked my car and things like that, so I knew he’d been following or watching what I had been doing,” Ms Bloor said.

“After that initial sentence he seemed to think that was justification for what he had done and believed that the judge had said he hadn’t done anything wrong.

“If in 2007, had the judge given him some jail time I think it might have been a bit different – maybe he would have accepted that it was not acceptable or normal behaviour.”

Niehus, 35, also escaped going to jail when convicted of possession of child pornography in 2008.

Last November he was convicted of the aggravated stalking of Ms Bloor and earlier this month he was sentenced to a total of 29 months with a non-parole period of 18 months by Adelaide magistrate Sue O’Connor.

The sentence took into account the stalking and pornography charges and numerous breaches of bail conditions that stipulated he was not to contact Ms Bloor.

In rejecting an appeal for the sentence on the stalking charges last week, Supreme Court judge Tom Gray said Niehus’ “obsession with the victim appears to have extended over some years and the defendant’s conduct suggested a total disregard for the orders of the Court”.

Ms Bloor – who has moved interstate with her husband and two young children – said she hoped that she would never see Niehus again.

“I constantly worry about what he’s going to do when he gets out; even if it doesn’t involve me, I can’t imagine him changing those behaviours because they’ve gone on so long and been constant and ingrained,” she said.

 

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/tell-all-book-threat-used-by-sex-stalker/story-e6frea83-1226207461895

Sex stalker Christopher Niehus threatens victim with tell-all book

by: Court Reporter Hannah Silverman
From: The Advertiser
November 28, 2011 12:00AM

SEX predator Christopher Niehus stalked his victim by threatening to publish a tell-all book.

Niehus will spend Christmas behind bars, after Magistrate David Whittle found him guilty of stalking the victim of his illicit affair.

Niehus was proven to have sent an identical threatening email to his victim and her husband via Facebook.

Niehus told them he was writing a book and wanted to include details of the victim, who at the time was preparing a court statement relating to his previous charges of unlawful sexual intercourse.

“I’m in the process of writing a book about the last 6-7 years of my life, court, yourself, etc and needed to clarify a few dates and facts,” Niehus’s message read.

“For example, first time we met in person … sex first time, the days and times … bail breaches and aid and abetting of the restraining order etc.

“I’ve put up by utter crap written by you, the husband, etc on forums and rubbish written in newspapers, it’s time I laid the facts out and told people the truth. That way they can make up their own minds.”

Magistrate Whittle declared Niehus an unreliable and uncredible witness.

In 2007, Niehus was convicted of unlawful sexual intercourse – he was 27 and his victim was 14 – and given a three-year suspended sentence. In May 2008 he received a suspended sentence for child pornography possession.

His latest conviction means he will be sentenced not only for his recent crime, but face time for breaching the bonds imposed for his suspended sentences.

Mr Whittle revoked Niehus’s bail. He will return to court next month.

http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,23728960-5006301,00.html

 Controversial sex predator Christopher Niehus avoids jail – again

Article from:

SEAN FEWSTER, COURT REPORTER

May 20, 2008 12:15pm

A SEXUAL predator who sparked controversy between a judge and a politician has been placed on a bond for pornography offences.

Christopher Michael Niehus appeared in the Adelaide Magistrates Court today and admitted possessing child pornography.

The 31-year-old, of Paradise, made headlines in November when he was sentenced, in the District Court, for having sex with an underage girl.

Judge Marie Shaw suspended his three-year prison term and ordered he perform 150 hours of community service.

She said the pair met on the Internet, then embarked on what the court called a “consensual” sexual relationship from 2002 to 2005.

“I consider that you have well and truly learned your lesson,” she told Niehus in sentencing.

Judge Shaw’s decision was criticised as by Niehus’ victim, Adele Black.

It also attracted the ire of Family First MLC Dennis Hood, who called for her to be sacked.

In December, he “unreservedly withdrew” his comments and apologised.

Today, the Adelaide Magistrates Court ordered Niehus serve six months’ jail for possessing child pornography.

That sentence was suspended, however, on condition he enter into a two-year, $200 good behaviour bond.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/11/22/2098109.htm

Sex abuse victim disgusted with sentence

Posted Thu Nov 22, 2007 1:33pm AEDT
Updated Thu Nov 22, 2007 6:11pm AED

A female who was sexually abused from the age of 14 over a three-year period has expressed disgust at a suspended jail sentence given to the offender.

A Bordertown man, journalist Christopher Michael Niehus, 31, was almost double the girl’s age when he started having sex with her in late 2002.

Niehus has been given a suspended three-year prison term, with a two-year good behaviour bond and 150 hours of community service by Adelaide District Court Judge Marie Shaw.

Outside the court, the now 18-year-old victim said Niehus should have been made to serve time in prison and complete a treatment program for sex offenders.

Adele Black has agreed to be identified now that she is an adult.

“I mean he walks home today and I have to go home and deal with the effects of what he’s done,” she said.

Remove judge, urges Upper House MP

SA Family First MP Dennis Hood is also critical of the judgment.

“Abusing a young girl, a 14-year-old girl and the sentence is 150 hours community service,” he said.

He is calling for Judge Shaw’s work to be scrutinised.

“Review all of her judgments, all of the sentencings she’s made in the last three-year period,” he urged.

Mr Hood has also criticised the judge’s decision to outline the child victim’s sexual history in court.

In State Parliament, Mr Hood urged the Police Minister, on behalf of the Attorney-General, to act against the judge.

“When will the Minister call for a joint sitting of parliament to remove Judge Marie Shaw, South Australia’s softest judge, from office?” he asked.

“Secondly, if the Government will not do this, what possible reason can there be to allow Judge Shaw to continue to hear cases and hand down grossly inadequate sentences to hardened criminals?”

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/11/23/2099079.htm

Victims commissioner wants DPP to review sex case sentence

Posted 10 hours 44 minutes ago

Attorney-General Michael Atkinson has criticised a Family First MP’s attack in the South Australian Parliament on an Adelaide District Court judge.

Upper House MP Dennis Hood has accused Judge Marie Shaw of repeatedly handing down inadequate sentences.

He has called on the Government to hold a joint sitting of Parliament to vote on removing Judge Shaw from office.

The Courts Administration Authority says Mr Hood has used incorrect information to back up his claims, relying on cases where the accused were not found guilty.

Mr Atkinson says Mr Hood’s response has been over the top.

“I’m sure Mr Hood knows the rules. If he wants to remove Judge Shaw then he moves a motion with a view to obtaining the support of both houses of parliament,” he said.

“He hasn’t done that. Instead he’s chosen to run it in the way he has and he really should know better.

“I think it’s perhaps aggravated by the imminence of a federal election on Saturday. In the calm light of next week, after the November 24 election, the DPP will no doubt look at the facts.”

Victims of Crime Commissioner Michael O’Connell says he will ask the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to consider appealing against the sentence which sparked Mr Hood’s criticism yesterday.

Christopher Michael Niehus was given a three-year suspended jail sentence by Judge Shaw for sexually abusing a girl from the age of 14.

Mr O’Connell says he does not want to comment in detail on the case.

“It’s my intention to write to the Director of Public Prosecutions asking him to consider an appeal on the basis that the sentence may not be adequate in terms of sending a strong message to the community that this type of behaviour is unacceptable,” he said.

 

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