Archive for September, 2012

Darren Russell Seiler

Posted: September 29, 2012 by Serendipity in paedophile, Victoria

Police can grab sex fiends

  • Ellen Whinnett
  • Herald Sun
  • February 09, 2007 12:00AM

POLICE will get new powers to try to stop a repeat of the bungle that saw three men who escaped from a secure sex offender centre given a 19-hour head start.

The trio escaped from the Statewide Forensic Services unit at Fairfield about 10.20pm on January 11, but because of legal loopholes and protocol bungles a day passed before police could publicly identify them.

They were arrested the next day when one gave himself up and led police to the other two, who were enjoying themselves at Crown casino.

The Government was severely embarrassed by the incident.

It highlighted problems between Victoria Police and the Department of Human Services in dealing with sex offenders at the Fairfield therapeutic centre for people with intellectual disabilities.

Community Services Minister Gavin Jennings will today announce changes to protocols between the two agencies.

Top of the list will be powers to allow police to immediately arrest anyone who escapes from the centre, regardless of what legal order they were detained under.

Police will be able to quickly release photos of dangerous escapees.

“Giving police power to apprehend an escapee means the police have the authority to publicly identify any escapee, or seek the legal authority to do so when required — independently of the Victorian Government,” Mr Jennings said.

“Police are best placed to determine whether the public release of information that identifies a person will assist in their operations to apprehend an escapee.”

Sex offenders will also find it harder to be detained at the facility — a small, secure unit which houses a maximum of 15 people at any one time.

The move is believed to be in response to concerns one of the men had a lower level of disability and should not have been there.

One of the men, Raymond Maxwell Warford, 32, has since been charged over the incident.

Of the others, one — Robert Hogan, 18, — has been sent to another detention centre; the other — Darren Russell Seiler, 25 — has been returned to the Fairfield centre.

Mr Jennings said a number of other measures would be introduced to try to ensure those on the victims’ register were notified of escapes.

An external review of security is under way and a second inquiry into the department’s handling of the incident is also being conducted.

Fiends hid at casino

  • Paul Anderson and Ellen Whinnett
  • From:  Herald Sun
  • January 13, 2007 12:00AM

TWO of the runaway sex offenders who put Melbourne on high alert for an entire day were nabbed by police at Crown casino.

The Herald Sun has learned the two had planned to go to Tasmania, possibly leaving from Port Melbourne on the Spirit of Tasmania, after visiting the Crown Entertainment Complex.

The two men were arrested at a bar.

Sources say police were watching the two and decided to swoop while they were at the casino rather than allow them to make their next move.

The police decision to move in may have been influenced by the possibility that the offenders might commit crimes at or near Crown.

“They’d already had a win (by escaping), so they might have been on their way to try their luck there,” one source told the Herald Sun.

Another police officer said the Southbank complex — with its cafes, restaurants and other attractions — would have proved a school holiday oasis for the sex offenders.

“There would have been plenty of temptations,” the source said.

The two fugitives were taken into custody about 7.45pm on Thursday.

About an hour earlier, police in the city arrested the first of the three who escaped from the Statewide Forensic Services centre in Fairfield.

He surrendered to the officers about 6.45pm.

That first arrest was not immediately made public in case it spooked the other two and caused them to change plans.

Police had checked family and associates and hangouts of Darren Russell Seiler, 25, Raymond Maxwell Warford, 32, and Robert Hogan, 18.

It is believed police may have also tracked them by calls made from a mobile phone stolen from the forensic centre along with a key and cash.

Despite private anger about the way the Department of Human Services handled the release of information, Victoria Police last night issued a brief statement:

“When Victoria Police was alerted by Department of Human Services to the fact that three men had absconded from the Statewide Forensic Services facility, an investigation commenced.

“Once the investigation was under way, Victoria Police sought legal advice in order to arrest the men and obtain the appropriate authority to release details to the public.

“Police resources were utilised during the day and numerous leads followed to locate the men and take them into custody.”

Police say they were on to the men while organising warrants to enable them to make arrests.

Health Minister Bronwyn Pike has ordered a review of the handling of the incident.

She said the departments and police needed much clearer information about what their rights and responsibilities were.

“Everything that’s happened in this instance is something that requires improvement and that’s exactly why I have asked for a review,” she said.

But she continued to defend the secrecy surrounding the escape, saying that it was a police operational matter.

“It’s not always the best operational decision to actually make a public announcement; it can sometimes have the opposite effect and send people underground,” she said.

The security of the Statewide Forensic Service centre at Fairfield was upgraded last year and its security risk assessed by consultants Sinclair Knight Mertz.

Ms Pike said she was concerned about inaccurate information she had received and the time it took to establish the men’s legal status.

She has demanded a report from the DHS.

“There are some aspects of the way that this has been handled by the varying departments that I am not fully satisfied with,” Ms Pike said.

“I have asked them immediately to review security at the institution.”

Sex offender confesses after rehab

By Steve Butcher
December 2, 2004

A man with a history of sex crimes against children has credited a rehabilitation program with his decision to confess to further offences.

A court heard yesterday that Darren Russell Seiler had voluntarily approached police and admitted to crimes that had not previously been reported. “This has been a secret for five years,” Seiler told police. “It is part of my treatment to tell things about what I’ve done.”

Seiler, 23, was jailed three years ago for crimes against children. He has since been paroled, but remains held at a secure facility.

A psychiatrist reported to a County Court judge in 2001 that Seiler’s behaviour had been shaped by “exposure to an explicit diet of sexual perversion, aggression and brainwashing by his father”.

Judge Michael Higgins described the case as one of the most tragic he had seen.

In the Melbourne Magistrates Court yesterday, Seiler pleaded guilty to two charges of sexual penetration and three of committing an indecent act. The crimes were not reported until Seiler voluntarily went to the police sexual crimes squad in August last year.

His lawyer, Andrew Hale, told magistrate Lisa Hannan that while Seiler had an intellectual disability, he was aware of why he was pleading guilty to the charges.

Ms Hannan bailed Seiler to live at the secure facility, and to appear in the County Court in February.


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The scope of the inquiry should extend beyond Catholic Church

  • Chip Le Grand
  • The Australian
  • November 13, 201212:00AM

A MELBOURNE lawyer representing more than 200 people allegedly subjected to abuse in Salvation Army boys homes has welcomed the royal commission into child sex abuse announced by the Gillard government as essential to bringing perpetrators to justice.

Angela Sdrinis, who for 20 years has pursued pedophiles in the Catholic Church, Uniting Church, Salvation Army and other religious organisations on behalf of victims, said while the focus of the inquiry would rightly be on abuse within the Catholic Church, “there is absolutely a need for what the Salvation Army did _ and didn’t do _ to be investigated”.

“I do believe other churches and religious organisations need to be put under the spotlight and that a royal commission would have to be national and cover other organisations, such as the Salvation Army and the Uniting Church, which have so far flown under the radar because of the emphasis on the Catholic Church,” Ms Sdrinis said.

The Salvation Army two years ago formally apologised to victims of abuse in its care and established a system of compensation. Two of the worst institutions for abuse in Victoria were run by the Salvation Army in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs: the Bayswater Boys Homes, which closed in 1986, and the Box Hill Boys Home, which closed in 1994.

In a submission to a Victorian parliamentary inquiry into the handling of child abuse by religious and non-government organisations, Ms Sdrinis said her law firm, Ryan Carlisle Thomas, had been contacted by more than 100 people who claim to have been sexually or physically abused at the Box Hill home and 137 who said they were abused at the Bayswater home.

The law firm’s submission identified a network of five “serial abusers” at Box Hill, only one of whom has been convicted. John Maria Beyer, a volunteer at the Bayswater home, was in 2008 jailed for nine years after pleading guilty to 31 counts of sexual assault between 1973 and 1985.

The submission also detailed allegations of abuse at institutions run by the Catholic, Uniting and Anglican churches and proposed a series of law reforms to remove barriers to victims seeking justice.,22049,24354593-5001028,00.html

Crown ‘defective’ in pedophile case

Article from: AAP

By Daniel Fogarty

September 16, 2008 01:41pm

A JUDGE has slammed a “defective” prosecution summary of a pedophile’s offending, saying it did not give him enough information to pass sentence.

Victorian County Court judge Duncan Allen was today due to sentence John Maria Beyer, 66, who abused 12 victims over a 12-year period, but said he could not proceed because it would be overturned in an appeal court.

In their summary, prosecutors alleged Beyer abused the victims in various Victorian locations including his home, his car and a seaside holiday caravan between 1973 and 1985.

Beyer was a volunteer at a home for underprivileged boys, many of his victims were wards of the state.

He often invited the boys to stay at his home and would abuse them in the shower.

On one occasion he performed oral sex on a boy in front of other children.

He targeted another victim in his car at a drive-in.

Beyer pleaded guilty to 31 charges, including counts of unlawful and indecent assault of a male person, gross indecency, indecent assault of a female, indecent assault, sexual penetration of a child and attempted buggery.

Judge Allen said it was clear the offending was “gross and foul,” but the summary was too broad for him to pass sentence.

He said the summary lacked details of actual incidents and frequently used the term “on occasions”.

“The Crown opening is significantly defective,” Judge Allen said.

“All I am saying is that I need to sentence on actual factual information otherwise the whole process lacks integrity and will be overturned on appeal.”

Judge Allen said a recent appeal court judgement called for more detail in summaries of sexual offence cases.

He ordered the prosecution go back to victims and seek more information so it could produce a more detailed summary of the case.

Judge Allen adjourned the matter for a further pre-sentence hearing next Tuesday.


Man jailed for two years over sex abuse

The Age – 11 Jul, 1997 – Page 2

Victoria Gurvich.

A man was sentenced to two years’ jail yesterday on charges of sexually abusing three boys.

Judge Alan Dixon, in the County Court, said John Maria Beyer, 55, unemployed, of Gordon Avenue, Montrose, was unlikely to reoffend, and would be eligible for parole after 12 months.

Beyer had pleaded guilty to six counts of indecent assault, one of an indecent act with a child and two of taking part in an act of sexual penetration with a child between 10 and 16.

The judge said the offences occurred between 1986 and 1992. The boys were nine and 14 at the time of the first offence. One was 11 at the time he was indecently assaulted.

The victims were shamed and bewildered, the judge said, and one, who was subjected to sexual penetration twice, had said in a victim impact statement that the actions had cast a shadow on his manhood. Another had said in his victim impact statement that he still felt ashamed and embarrassed and had tried to put it out of his mind but could not.

Judge Dixon said the courts must make it clear that people who interfered sexually with children would almost certainly go to jail.


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Graham James Gately

Posted: September 3, 2012 by Serendipity in Photo, Queensland, Released

High Court dismisses child sex appeal

Posted Thu Dec 6, 2007 11:16am AEDT

A man has failed in a High Court appeal against child sex convictions.

Graham James Gately was convicted in the Queensland District Court in 2004 of 10 counts of indecent treatment of a girl under 16 and one count of incest.

Gately argued in the High Court that the jury should not have been allowed a second viewing of a video of the victim giving her evidence.

The court decided that replaying the video to the jury without the court reconvening was irregular but had not led to a miscarriage of justice.


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