This sick ex priest paedophile is very dangerous around children.He is soon finished being under supervision.He has decades of abuse under his belt…BEWARE

Church warning after paedophile flees

ABC September 7, 2012, 5:18 pm

One of Tasmania’s worst serial paedophiles has fled the state and gone to Africa, sparking fears he will reoffend.

Paul Ronald Goldsmith abused 20 adolescent boys during the 1970s and 1980s while working as an athletics coach at Marist College in Burnie.

In 2005, Goldsmith pleaded guilty to 42 sex crimes.

The former trainee priest was sentenced to six and a half years jail with a four-year, non-parole period.

He was released two years ago, his parole ended in May this year and he is now in Tanzania.

The Archbishop of Hobart Adrian Doyle is concerned Goldsmith will reoffend and has alerted his colleagues in Africa.

“I said you need to be very, very careful, watch him all the time,” the Archbishop said.

“I don’t know what the Tanzanian authorities might be able to do, or want to do, if they become aware of his background but I think the point is the capacity to be there in contact with a new group of young people is what we’ve got to avoid.”

Tasmanian and Federal police have been alerted but they are refusing to comment on the case.


Horror endures for paedophile‘s victims


29 Apr, 2012 08:14 AM

TWENTY-four years ago, convicted serial paedophile Paul Ronald Goldsmith was minutes away from having his life taken by a man who claims that Goldsmith took his.

On a Friday night in 1988, Michael*, who was 13 years old when he was sexually abused by Goldsmith, sat hidden in bush and holding a loaded rifle at the top of the driveway of Goldsmith’s Port Sorell home.

For up to an hour he waited for his tormentor to return home from work, but was frightened away when a car turned into the street.

He ran home, where he shook with emotion for hours in disbelief that he had almost committed murder.

“If someone gets murdered, they move on to a better place if you believe it,” Michael said.

“A paedophile takes your soul away. For the rest of your life, you are sort of like a zombie.”

Paul Ronald Goldsmith life long paedophile on the streets

Goldsmith, 67, was paroled in 2010 after serving four years of his six-and-a-half-year sentence for a string of sex crimes, most of which took place when he was an athletics coach at Marist College in the 1970s and 1980s.

The supervision period of his parole ends this June.

Michael is afraid that Goldsmith will offend again.

Goldsmith was found guilty in 2005 of 42 sex offences committed against 20 boys, aged 13 to 16, between 1976 and 1987.

Michael said this conviction was just the “tip of the iceberg”.

He believed Goldsmith may have been offending from 1987 until the day he was extradited from Western Australia in 2004 to face paedophilia allegations in the North-West.

“Those people involved in his court case were the only people prepared to come forward,” Michael said.

“There would easily be hundreds (of offences) that he committed.

“I was in that next generation of abused kids, in 1984 to 1986, well after his school days.

“I was one of few kids that the Federal Police managed to track down.

“I can name 21 other guys, and as far as I know there is only me and another guy that signed sworn statements.

“The others just don’t want to do it, whether it is because they are not prepared to deal with their emotions, or drag it back up in their lives, I don’t know.”

Michael, like many other boys, fell for Goldsmith’s charm after meeting him through the local golf club.

“He made himself appear to us as someone to look up to, an idol – someone to aspire to be like, or just like, so you do things for them,” he said.

“You wouldn’t be able to pick him from anyone else in the public as a paedophile.

“He used to give us the belief that he was someone big.

“I suppose that you would call him a manipulator. All paedophiles are crafty and target the weak.

“To prey on youth is one thing but to prey on those not as assertive as others is another thing.”

The friendship involved drinking sessions at Goldsmith’s Rice Street home, followed by overnight stays.

“It started through him giving you lifts home, then you would start to drive his car, sitting on his knee,” Michael said.

“You would go to his home. There would be smokes, grog, cards, and things led off from there.

“If you lost a game of cards, you’d have to show him your personal parts or do something else.

“He slowly worked on you.”

Michael’s abuse started at 13 for two years.

“I would perform sexual acts on him, and him on me – oral sex on each other, I would have to masturbate him and he would masturbate me.

“Then he would sometimes jump into bed with you at night and fondle you.

“As time went on, emotionally you got worse, and you want to stop it but you don’t.

“At the time, you knew it was odd but you didn’t know any better. You were young with no sexual experience.

“You think it was what everyone else does growing up through puberty. You think this is what young blokes do with grown-ups.

“It was only when he wanted sexual intercourse that I knew something was wrong.”

Federal Police tracked Michael down in regional NSW, where he had been living since 1991, and left with a sworn statement that would later help convict Goldsmith.

“It was pretty gut-wrenching – when you start talking about it, you realise it is something you can never really get over,” he said.

“I was relieved that something was being done.

“A paedophile victim suffers for the rest of their lives.

“You question your own sexuality and whether you might be inclined to become a paedophile yourself.

“I attempted suicide at 20, started taking drugs at 15. My education went from near the top to the bottom of the grade.

“At the time, I didn’t know what was wrong with me.”

(*Not his real name)

Catholic Church alerts African bishops to paedophile case

Updated Fri May 7, 2010 8:02am AEST

Hobart’s Catholic Archbishop Adrian Doyle says he has alerted bishops in Africa to the release of a serial paedophile, amid concerns the man wants to work with African children.

Paul Ronald Goldsmith sexually abused 20 boys in Tasmania’s north-west while working as an athletics coach and trainee priest in the 1970s and 1980s.

The 65-year-old has been released on parole after serving four years of his six and a half year jail sentence.

The decision has outraged Goldsmith’s victims and the support group Beyond Abuse.

The group is concerned that Goldsmith is planning to travel to Africa to work with children.

But the Parole Board‘s Andrew McKee says it is not possible for Goldsmith to leave Australia.

“He’ll be under the close supervision of a probation officer,” Mr McKee said.

In a statement, Hobart’s Archbishop Adrian Doyle said he had spoken to bishops in Africa about the concerns, and Goldsmith would not receive any support from the church.

Sex abuse coach set free


07 May, 2010 08:50 AM

A PROLIFIC North-West sex offender who molested 20 young boys while employed as a high school sports coach has been granted parole.

Paul Ronald Goldsmith, 65, was sentenced to six-and-a- half years’ jail in late 2005 for a string of sex crimes committed between 1976 and 1987 against boys aged between 13 and 16.

At the time of his sentencing, the Supreme Court heard the Shearwater man had used his coaching position at Marist College and his involvement with numerous youth groups to access and groom his victims.

He also trained as a priest, but was never ordained.

The court heard Goldsmith’s “open home policy” gave child visitors unlimited access to alcohol and cigarettes and included strip poker sessions that ended in masturbation and oral sex once the boys and Goldsmith were naked.

His lawyer told the court that Goldsmith had been aware of his sexual interest in young boys since he was 15, but had “resisted” for many years before the coaching job “forced him to give in to his attraction”.

Goldsmith would give one of his victims regular “rub- downs” after training and sexually assaulted another on six different occasions.

In total, he was convicted on 36 counts of indecent assault, four counts of maintaining a sexual relationship with a young person under 17, one count of aggravated sexual assault and one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a young person.

Speaking after the sentence was handed down, one victim’s father admitted he had considered cutting off Goldsmith’s genitals.

“Quite often of a night I would put my knife in my pocket, and a couple of times I went to his driveway – I was going to castrate him,” he said.

Outside the court, another victim said he had contemplated suicide and described “intense hatred” for his abuser.

“He made me feel so guilty so I wouldn’t say anything,” he said.

The Parole Board said it had taken several factors into account before granting Goldsmith’s release, including his own written submission, references, his “exemplary” prison record and a written report from prison sex offender program New Directions.

His victims provided the Parole Board with statements detailing the horrific and ongoing impact of the abuse, and requested that he be prevented from contacting them.

The board granted the request and further ordered that Goldsmith have no contact with anyone under the age of 17 “without appropriate supervision” during his parole period – which ends in June 2012.


Serial paedophile out on parole

Updated Thu May 6, 2010 8:23am AEST

A man labelled as one of Tasmania’s worst serial paedophiles has been released from jail on parole after serving two thirds of his sentence.

In late 2005, then 61-year-old Paul Ronald Goldsmith was sentenced to six and a half years jail on 42 sexual offences related to 20 teenage boys on the state’s north-west coast between 1976 and 1987.

An appeal against the sentence was dismissed a year later.

The Tasmanian Parole Board has now released Goldsmith.

The Board said it considered evidence of Goldsmiths ‘exemplary’ prison record and many supportive references.

He has been released on condition that he have no contact with anyone under 17.


Parole Board says Goldsmith not able to leave

Updated May 6, 2010 12:16:00

The Parole Board says one of Tasmania’s worst paedophiles has no plans to work with underprivileged children in Africa.

Paul Ronald Goldsmith abused 20 teenage boys on Tasmania’s north-west coast during the 1970s and 1980s.

The 65-year-old has now been granted parole after serving four years of a six-and-a-half-year jail term.

The group, Beyond Abuse, says it has been told Goldsmith is learning an African language and plans to travel there to work with children.

But the chairman of the Parole Board, Andrew McKee, says Goldsmith told the board he has no such plans.

Mr McKee says while on parole for the next two years Goldsmith will not be able to leave the state without permission and will not be permitted to leave the country.

Beyond Abuse is disappointed Goldsmith is on parole.

“To have him be paroled early is just just amazing news and something that I think has to be looked at,” he said.

“I mean people in this type of position that have committed this amount of heinous crimes like this should serve their whole sentence and not be paroled.”


Pedophile’s parole plan

March 05, 2010 12:01am

THE Catholic Church in Tasmania will try to block any moves by convicted pedophile Paul Goldsmith to work with young people upon his release from jail.

Goldsmith, 65, will be eligible for parole from Risdon Prison on March 12 and concerns have been raised that he may be planning to move to Africa to work with disadvantaged children.

A former inmate, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Mercury members of the church hierarchy visited Goldsmith in Risdon Prison on a regular basis and knew of his plans to head overseas upon his release.

Archdiocese of Hobart business manager Peter Cusick said Catholic chaplains visited the prison on a regular basis along with chaplains of other denominations.

“Any inmate has the opportunity, as permitted by the authorities, to talk to these chaplains,” Mr Cusick said.

“I have no idea what this person’s intentions are when released.

“The Catholic Church would vigorously oppose any activity this person would want to undertake in relation to involvement with young persons.”

Goldsmith was jailed for 6 1/2 years in 2005 after pleading guilty to 42 sex offences against 20 teenage boys.

On Wednesday, Tasmania Police made an application in the Burnie Magistrates Court to have Goldsmith placed on the sex offenders’ register as a reportable offender.

The application was adjourned and will be heard in Hobart on March 30.

If the application is granted, Goldsmith will have to let the Government know if he plans to leave Tasmania for more than seven days.

The former inmate, who said he was in close contact with the convicted pedophile in jail, said Goldsmith “made it quite clear that he planned to work with under-privileged kids in Africa when he got out”.

“He was learning Swahili in line with his African plans, and would continually say he had done nothing wrong,” he said.

Beyond Abuse spokesman Steve Fisher said if the Catholic Church was supporting Goldsmith’s bid to work with children, the church would be culpable if he reoffended.

“The church has always supported the abuser above the victim,” Mr Fisher said.

Goldsmith was arrested in Western Australia in 2005 and extradited to Tasmania to face the charges.

Mr Fisher said he understood the failed priest and former athletics coach had been about to leave for Africa when arrested.


Clamps call for pedophile

March 03, 2010 06:49am

TASMANIA’S most notorious pedophile will be eligible for parole on March 12. 

 In the Burnie Magistrates Court yesterday, Tasmania Police applied to have Paul Ronald Goldsmith placed on the sex offenders’ register as a reportable offender before his release.

Magistrate Don Jones adjourned the application until today when a date will be set for a hearing in Hobart.

Mr Jones indicated Goldsmith might be released from Risdon Prison on bail to appear at the yet-to-be-scheduled hearing.

Beyond Abuse spokesman Steve Fisher said Goldsmith was a notorious offender and it was imperative he was on the register.

“It goes without saying that he be listed and monitored upon release,” Mr Fisher said.

“I don’t believe for one moment he will ever be rehabilitated.”

Goldsmith, now 65, was jailed for 6 1/2 years in 2005 with a non-parole period of four years.

The failed Catholic priest and athletics coach appealed the sentence in 2006 but it was dismissed.

Goldsmith pleaded guilty to 42 sex offences against 20 teenage boys between 1976 and 1987. The victims were aged 13 to 16.

An offender listed as reportable on the sex offenders’ register must report to the registrar within seven days of being released from government custody.

The offender also must

report each time they change their personal details. And an offender must tell the registrar if they intend to leave Tasmania for more than seven days and report within a week of their return.

The public does not have access to the register.

An offender can be fined $5000 and/or be sentenced to six months in jail if they fail to report or provide false or misleading information.


Sex fiend refuses rehab course


18/09/2008 12:00:00 AM

NORTH-WEST child sex monster Paul Ronald Goldsmith can’t wait to get out of jail and go to an African mission farm with access to children, a former prisoner has claimed.

“When he gets out he says he’s going … to a mission,” ex- Risdon inmate Bruce told The Advocate.

“He says he’s going to run a farm for a religious group.”

Bruce claimed notorious sex predator Goldsmith had refused to do a sex offenders’ treatment program in jail.

While Goldsmith had admitted his crimes, he did not believe they were wrong, Bruce said.

Goldsmith was jailed for six- and-a-half years in November 2006.

He had pleaded guilty to 36 counts of indecent assault, four counts of maintaining a sexual relationship with a person under 17, one count of aggravated sexual assault and one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a young person.

He used his membership of various youth groups to meet and befriend young boys.

He was convicted over incidents which occurred between 1976 and 1987, involving 20 boys aged 13-16.

Bruce said Goldsmith was a protected species in jail and appeared to be aided by his connections to the Catholic church.

“He has father this or father that come in, and nuns.

“He complains and it changes.

“He’s got that much pull.”

Prison authorities would not comment on the claims, saying there was a policy of no comment on individual prisoners.

Catholic Archbishop Adrian Doyle said the church’s only involvement with Goldsmith would be through a prison ministry service.

“The Catholic church in Tasmania has no connection with the prisoner, aside from the ministry as outlined above, and has no input into conditions of his incarceration or his alleged plans for the future.”

Victims’ advocate Steve Fisher, from Beyond Abuse, said the sex offenders’ program must be made compulsory.

“Their rationale is if you force them to do it they are not going to do the right things anyway, which is ridiculous to me.”

He said sex offenders should not be let out until they had “passed” the program.


Last Update: Wednesday, November 1, 2006. 1:00pm (AEDT)

Former priest loses appeal against paedophilia jail term

One of Tasmania’s worst paedophiles has lost a Supreme Court appeal against a lengthy jail term imposed last year.

Paul Ronald Goldsmith, 61, was sentenced to six and a half years’ jail in December last year after he pleaded guilty to multiple counts of indecent assault, maintaining a sexual relationship with a young person and aggravated sexual assault between 1976 and 1987.

The former priest and school athletics coach lured teenage boys to his home on the north-west coast with cigarettes and alcohol.

He also abused them on camping trips.

His lawyer had told the Court of Criminal Appeal Goldsmith was writing an autobiography in jail designed to help other paedophiles to control their behaviour.

The three judges all agreed Goldsmith’s appeal should be rejected.

He will be eligible to apply for parole in 2009.

Man’s jail plea to curb sex abuse

PHILIPPA DUNCAN.  The Mercury.  Hobart Town, Tas.:Aug 23, 2006.  p. 1

A MAN dubbed Tasmania’s most prolific pedophile is writing an autobiography

from his prison cell to help other men control their sexual urges for teenage


Paul Ronald Goldsmith, 61, abused 20 teenage boys at his homes on the North-

West Coast and on camping trips between 1976 and 1987.

In December 2005, the failed priest and former school athletics coach was

jailed for 6 1/2 years and will not be eligible for parole until 2009.

Yesterday the Court of Criminal Appeal in Hobart heard Goldsmith’s appeal

against the severity of Justice Peter Evans’ sentence.

Defence council Greg Richardson said the book about the former Port Sorell

man’s life demonstrated Goldsmith’s remorse.

“It’s an attempt by him to help others who may find themselves in the same

position,” he said.

He said Goldsmith’s crimes had been at the “bottom end of the scale” and had

mostly involved “touching people”, not rape.

His client suffered from the condition ephebophilia, ” a sexual attraction to

post-pubescent boys”, and had endured a violent upbringing.

But Crown prosecutor Cath Rheinberger said Justice Evans had considered

Goldsmith’s guilty plea and the court could not ignore the number of boys


“During those 11 years he was creating great misery around the North-West

Coast,” she said.

Goldsmith pleaded guilty in 2005 to 36 counts of indecent assault, four counts

of maintaining a sexual relationship with a young person under 17 and one each

of aggravated sexual assault and unlawful sexual intercourse with a young


He frequently lured teenage boys home with cigarettes and alcohol and grabbed

at their genitals.

Goldsmith also took his victims camping on the West Coast and once asked a boy

to strip and sleep in a sleeping bag with him.

The court reserved its judgment.,5936,17572611%255E3462,00.html

 Teen-sex abuser appeals sentence


A MAN branded Tasmania’s most prolific pedophile is appealing against the severity of his jail sentence.

Paul Ronald Goldsmith, 60, claims his 6-1/2-year jail term for abusing 20 teenage boys is “manifestly excessive”.

Goldsmith was sentenced in the Supreme Court at Burnie earlier this month after pleading guilty to 36 counts of indecent assault, four counts of maintaining a sexual relationship with a young person under the age of 17, and one count each of aggravated sexual assault and unlawful sexual intercourse with a young person.

Justice Peter Evans set a non-parole period of four years.

Goldsmith, formerly from Port Sorell, trained as a priest but was never ordained.

He volunteered as a youth worker and athletics coach in the state’s north-west for many years.

In sentencing, Justice Evans said Goldsmith had used a variety of means to satisfy his attraction to teenage boys. His victims were aged 13 to 16.

Last Update: Friday, December 2, 2005. 2:47pm (AEDT)

Former coach jailed for sexual abuse of boys

A man who sexually abused 20 teenage boys has been sent to jail for six-and-a-half years.

Paul Ronald Goldsmith, 60, committed 42 sex offences 30 years ago.

Goldsmith targeted boys aged between 13 and 16.

He befriended them through his work as an athletics coach at Marist College in Burnie in northern Tasmania, his association with church youth groups and golf clubs, as well as through friendships with their parents.

He took the victims on camping trips and invited them to his home for prayer meetings, frequently plying them with alcohol and giving them cigarettes.

In the Burnie Criminal Court, Justice Peter Evans said Goldsmith’s good repute in the community at the time of the offences exacerbated the harm he caused.

He said some of Goldsmith’s victims have suffered guilt, shame, and lack of self-worth while some have attempted suicide.

Goldsmith will be eligible for parole after four years.,5936,17398327%255E921,00.html

 Sex predator’s reign of terror


A FAILED priest who preyed on teenage boys for more than a decade pleaded guilty to a string of child-sex offences yesterday.

Paul Ronald Goldsmith, 60, who now lives in the Hobart suburb of Lenah Valley, molested 20 boys between 1976 and 1987 at his homes at Ulverstone and Port Sorell in Tasmania’s North-West and on camping trips around the state.

He also attacked boys while coaching athletics at Marist Regional College in Burnie.

In the Supreme Court in Burnie he pleaded guilty to four counts of maintaining a sexual relationship with a person under 17 years, one count of aggravated sexual assault, one count of unlawful sexual intercourse and 36 counts of indecent assault.

Hobart-born Goldsmith trained as a priest but was never ordained.

He spent many years working in the insurance industry in the North-West, retiring in 2000, and was extradited from Western Australia in April last year.

He is a former senior figure in the Lions service club in Tasmania and also held a position on the national executive of the Life Underwriters Association.

Crown prosecutor Cath Rheinberger said it would no doubt be submitted in mitigation that Goldsmith was of good character and contributed to the community during his life.

“From the outset it is our position that, because of the standing he had in the community, he was able to perpetrate these crimes for as long as he did and with so many complainants,” Mrs Rheinberger said.

She detailed more than a decade of abuse during which Goldsmith would lure boys to his home with alcohol and cigarettes.

“The accused had an open-door policy for young boys where they were free to drink alcohol — which he often supplied — they could smoke cigarettes and they could come and go as they liked,” Mrs Rheinberger said.

The court heard he would hold prayer meetings and serve alcohol to teenagers before grabbing at their genitals or sliding his hand into their underwear.

On other occasions he would play strip poker with boys as young as 13 and would make them masturbate if they lost a game.

Mrs Rheinberger told the court of camping trips to Trial and Granville harbours on the West Coast, Bruny Island and other locations around the state.

On one occasion he asked a 14-year-old to strip and sleep in the same sleeping bag with him.

During the night he put his hand on the boy’s penis and placed the boy’s hand on his.

While coaching athletics he was giving one boy a rub-down and touched his genitals.

When the boy refused to take his shorts off, Goldsmith wrestled him to the ground and tried to pull them off, but the boy fought his way free.

Mrs Rheinberger presented victim impact statements from a number of the victims and read three to the court.

One of the victims said he was very angry he had been used to satisfy Goldsmith’s perversion.

“I’m still angry 28 years later,” the man said.

“I’ve tried not to think of it, but certain events trigger memories.”

Another man said he had struggled with Goldsmith’s actions for years.

“He has condemned an innocent child to unhappiness and loneliness,” he said.

“He has taken away from me … the right to happiness and a relationship with other human beings.”

Defence counsel Greg Richardson told the court Goldsmith had grown up as the oldest of seven children and his early memories had been characterised by violence and alcohol abuse.

He said Goldsmith returned to Hobart while studying to be a priest and helped fight the 1967 bushfires.

When he returned to Victoria to resume his training he had a complete emotional breakdown and was never ordained as a priest.

Mr Richardson said Goldsmith had a psycho-sexual problem which had given rise to the charges. He said the condition was known as ephebrophilia.

“His first sexual encounters as a pubescent male were with older males and involved masturbation,” Mr Richardson said.

“None of these factors are put as an excuse, but as to why he ended up with a sexual attraction to young males post-puberty.”

He detailed Goldsmith’s history as a community worker.

“His record demonstrates that, other than in this terrible way — and I don’t want to be saying it — he is a good bloke,” he said.

Justice Peter Evans remanded Goldsmith for sentencing on Friday at 10am in the Supreme Court in Burnie.

Last Update: Monday, November 28, 2005. 9:24pm (AEDT)

Man pleads guilty to abusing teen boys

A man has admitted in the Burnie Supreme Court that he sexually abused teenage boys 30 years ago on Tasmania’s north-west coast.

Sixty-year-old Paul Ronald Goldsmith has pleaded guilty to 42 charges.

The court heard this afternoon that Goldsmith befriended his victims through his work as a volunteer athletics coach at Marist College in Burnie.

He also worked with a church youth group, and met the boys through golf and friendships with their parents.

Goldsmith invited the boys around to his home, gave them alcohol and cigarettes, took them on camping trips and played strip poker with them.

His lawyer told the court he suffers from a condition called ephebophilia, which means he is sexually attracted to boys aged between 13 and 16.

Goldsmith will be sentenced on Friday.


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  1. Brenda A says:

    30 years ago when Paul Goldsmith took my 16 year old son without my permission to property at Kindred Tasmania with expectation of farm work…later giving him alcohol and sexual abusing him playing strip.jack naked ect …my son escaped when Goldsmith fell.asleep my son walked across creeks farm land for hours arriving home at North Motton in a disstressed state …i took my son to Ulverstone Police Station and spent several hours giving statements….a few weeks later Robbi Dunn a police officer came to my home and told me the Sargent Tabrett was not going to lay charges ….my comlaint is he could have been stopped then instead they let him ho on abusing boys for many years ….i have been angry about this for 30 years

  2. Serendipity says:

    Below is a copy of an email that we recieved. The senders name has been removed but it is being made public with their permission in the hope that anyone else effected by goldsmith will come forward.

    Hi, I have been reading your profile of Paul Goldsmith and just registered to follow your Blogs.
    This snake has a history that began long before 1976.
    My recall is that he arrived at Patrician Brother’s Secondary College, Blacktown, NSW in 1971/2, and spent a year as the Physical Education Teacher. He told us that he was a trainee Marist Priest from Tasmania, and spending some time away from Tassie to make sure that the Priesthood was what he really wanted (the rumour around the school was that he had ‘trouble’ in Tasmania and was sent to our school to give him a fresh start).
    As a PE Teacher he ‘enjoyed’ full access to a smorgasbord of boys and it wasn’t long before we students were openly talking and joking about his attempts to ‘touch us up’.
    Goldsmith positioned himself as being an expert track coach, and being one of the more successful athletes at the school, I spent much time with him on the training paddock. Although there was a lot of seemingly innocent contact, his single real attempt of attacking me occurred when we were travelling home from Canberra following an Athletics’ Carnival. His Car was full of us boys and he had me sit beside him on the front bench seat. The Car was manually geared and his hand ‘conveniently’ slipped off the gear stick on a few occasions and found its way to my crotch. This stopped after I retaliated by forcing the car out of gear.
    He dropped all of the other boys home, and it was dark by the time we approached my place. We lived in a street without lighting and he stopped the Car about 150 mts from home and started climbing all over me, groping my crouch and trying to force my hand onto his crotch. Fortunately, I remained sufficiently under control to punch him in the crotch. It must have been a direct hit as he stopped immediately put his head down on the steering wheel groaned for a minute or so and then without saying anything, restarted the car and drove me the rest of the way home. Don’t ask why I didn’t get out of the car when I had the opportunity – I don’t know, but I do recall not thinking that I was in any danger (how wrong can you be!) He then had the hide to follow me into my home and sat down with mum and dad for a cup of tea!
    Although I told all my mates about this episode, I told no adult – in fact I denied it had happened when questioned by my dad (a note that I passed to a friend in class, was found by my mother in my pocket and she passed it to my father).
    During his short time at our school, this mongrel took a group of boys on a school excursion to Ayers Rock. Fortunately my parents couldn’t afford for me to go. He drove his car with some of the boys and the rest travelled in a mini bus.
    One of the boy’s sleeping bags somehow fell off his roof racks along the way, and it was very ‘convenient’ that he happened to have a double size bag, so he decided that the boys would take it in turns to sleep with him. When they returned to school, the boys were full of stories about the groping that would occur at night, and how they would take a fork with them to bed when it was their turn to get into his bag.
    The parents of one or more of the boys learnt about what happened on the trip and took the matter up with Brother Bernard, the School Principal. Goldsmith was seen to be crying when getting into his car, never to be seen by us again.
    When hearing about paedophile cases, cover-ups, etc., I think back to this time in my life and how lucky I and those that joked about it were. However, I have no doubt that there were other boys/mates that were less fortunate, and they remained quite and didn’t see the funny side of our jokes. I also have no doubt that these matters were not reported to the Police.

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