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DPP appeals ex-AusAid adviser’s child porn sentence

Posted Thu Feb 22, 2007 8:00pm AEDT

The ACT Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) says a full custodial sentence must be imposed on a former senior AusAid adviser for possessing child pornography.

John Dunbar Fowler, 60, was appointed a member of the Order of Australia for his work overseeing the construction of the new Parliament House.

Fowler was running for international vice-president of the Lions Club when he was arrested in 2005.

Last June, Fowler was sentenced to 12 months’ periodic detention after police found about 200,000 pornographic images on his computer, half of which were of children engaged in sexual acts.

Today the DPP appealed the sentence.

DPP Richard Refshauge told the Court of Appeal at least a few months of a full-time custodial sentence must be imposed.

The defence counsel argued Fowler had been sexually abused as a child and raised concerns there was a risk he would be brutalised if given a full-time custodial sentence.

Fowler has already served eight months of his sentence.

The full bench has reserved its decision.

 

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Former AusAID adviser sentenced for child porn possession

Posted Fri Jun 2, 2006 6:33pm AEST

A former senior AusAID adviser has been sentenced in the ACT Supreme Court to 12 months’ weekend detention for the possession of child pornography.

John Dunbar Fowler, 59, had been nominated for international vice-president of the community organisation Lions when he was arrested last year.

Today he told the court he has a strong belief in the protection of children, despite his actions.

In sentencing, Justice Ken Crispin said the gravity of the offences lies in the exploitation of children, and noted the devastating consequences Fowler’s actions had on his life.

 

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Former AusAID adviser faces pornography charges

Updated Tue May 31, 2005 5:58pm AEST

A Canberra man who was made a member of the Order of Australia and was recently employed as a senior adviser to AusAID has appeared in court on child pornography charges.

John Dunbar Fowler was arrested late last night and taken into custody.

This morning he was charged with one count of possessing child pornography and two counts of using the Internet to access child pornography.

The 58-year-old from Isabella Plains had been nominated for the the position of international vice president of the Lions Club.

He was made a member of the Order of Australia for his role in the construction industry which included work on Parliament House.

International development agency AusAID says Mr Fowler’s services have been suspended.

Mr Fowler did not enter a plea at today’s hearing.

He was released on bail and will appear again on June 21.

 

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No jail for father over child porn abuse pics

Article from: Cairns Post

October 09, 2009 01:00am

A MAN nabbed in a global child porn sting has been spared jail but ordered to get help after being found with nearly 400 internet images of children being abused.

Jeffrey Wayne Fowler, 57, was sentenced to nine months jail but released on 18 months probation in Cairns District Court yesterday after pleading guilty to possessing child exploitation material and using the internet to access child porn.

As part of his probation, he must undertake a sex offenders treatment program, The Cairns Post reports.

Fowler, a self-employed Cairns building inspector who was described in court as “a good family man, husband and father”, was tracked through his use of an illegal porn website in Croatia called Teeny Americans.

The link to the website was distributed among online pedophile networks around the world and sparked an international investigation after it received 12 million hits from 170 countries, including about 3000 from Australia, in three days.

On a tip-off from Interpol, Australian Federal Police raided Fowler’s Redlynch home and workplace on May 16 last year, seizing computer hard-drives which contained 383 deleted images and one deleted video of child porn.

 

http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2009/10/09/68811_local-news.html

Child porn offender spared jail

Margo Zlotkowski

Friday, October 9, 2009

© The Cairns Post

A MAN nabbed in a global child porn sting was spared jail yesterday but ordered to get help after being found with nearly 400 internet images of children being abused.

Jeffrey Wayne Fowler, 57, was sentenced to nine months jail but released on 18 months probation in Cairns District Court yesterday after pleading guilty to possessing child exploitation material and using the internet to access child porn.

As part of his probation, he must undertake a sex offenders treatment program.

Fowler, a self-employed Cairns building inspector who was described in court as “a good family man, husband and father”, was tracked through his use of an illegal porn website in Croatia called Teeny Americans.

The link to the website was distributed among online paedophile networks around the world and sparked an international investigation after it received 12 million hits from 170 countries, including about 3000 from Australia, in three days.

On a tip-off from Interpol, Australian Federal Police raided Fowler’s Redlynch home and workplace on May 16 last year, seizing computer hard-drives which contained 383 deleted images and one deleted video of child porn.

Child porn ring busted

Among the images was a naked six month-old baby, a naked three-year-girl, a naked 11-year-old girl being penetrated by a man, cartoons showing children being smacked on the bottom and a video of a naked teenage girl in a bath.

There was also an image of someone stubbing out a cigarette on a girl’s tongue.

Commonwealth prosecutor Aaron Guilfoyle said Fowler told police he looked at the child porn sites and saved images but deleted everything because he did not want his wife to find out.

He said he used search terms such as “girls”, “preteen”, “teen sex” and “Lolita” to find the images.

Judge Sarah Bradley said she accepted Fowler did not pay for the images or distribute them, and also that 13 of the 15 most explicit and abusive images were actually cartoons.

“With cartoons there are no live victims but all the other images, of which there is over 350, did involve live, real children,” she said.

“Somewhere in the world, children, some in your case as young as a six-month-old baby, are being put into sexual poses, in sexual situations, in some cases actually penetrated and photographed.

“Clearly that sort of industry is abhorrent.”

 

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Recluse, 63, jailed over thousands of child-porn images after FBI sting

  • by: Court Reporter Sean Fewster
  • From: AdelaideNow
  • November 01, 2011 10:54AM

AN Adelaide man caught hoarding child pornography by US authorities has been jailed for three years.

The District Court this morning ordered Stephen John Foster serve at least 18 months of that sentence before being eligible for parole.

Foster, 63, of Ethelton, pleaded guilty to aggravated dissemination and possession of child pornography.

His perverted collection of 19,100 images and 1060 videos was uncovered by the New Mexico branch of the Federal Bureau of Investigations during an online sting operation.

Foster unwittingly shared some of his haul with an FBI special agent in October 2010, leading to his arrest by SA Police in January this year.

In sentencing today, Judge Dean Clayton said most of Foster’s images and videos fell into the first two categories of child pornography, deemed to be the “less serious”.

Others, however, were of the highest category  which includes acts of bondage and bestiality.

“This is not a victimless crime,” Judge Clayton said.

“The production, possession and dissemination of child pornography leads to the abuse of many children around the world.”

He said Foster’s illicit hobby developed while he served as the primary carer for his aged parents.

“Your siblings hold you in high regard, saying you sacrificed a lot in selflessly taking on that role,” he said.

“But performing that role isolated you from normal social contact and you became reclusive, developing an interest in pornography five to six years ago.”

Prior to sentencing, Foster’s lawyer read a letter of apology to the court.

“(This is) a time in my life I’m ashamed of, and I’m sorry I didn’t have the sense to do (things) differently,” it said.

“I would like to put this sorry time behind me… and would like a chance to finally get my life back on track.”

Judge Clayton, however, said neither that contrition nor Foster’s previous good character warranted suspension of his sentence.

 

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Child porn pervert Stephen John Foster ‘no risk’ to children

  • by: Court Reporter Hannah Silverman
  • From: The Advertiser
  • October 26, 2011 12:00AM

A MAN who downloaded about 19,000 images and videos of child porn is no risk to kids, a court has heard.

When Stephen John Foster, 63, of Ethelton, appeared in the District Court yesterday for sentencing submissions, his lawyer said his client was not “generally interested” in small children.

Foster had pleaded guilty to one aggravated count of disseminating child pornography and one aggravated count of possessing child pornography. The offences occurred in October 2010 and in January this year.

His arrest followed an international FBI sting on child exploitation, during which an agent based in New Mexico discovered Foster had shared 637 images online.

His home computer was later seized and 18,100 images and 1060 videos were found to have been downloaded.

Yesterday the court heard Foster used a file sharing program which enabled others to download some of his files.

For that reason, prosecutors said, there was no good reason to suspend a prison term.

But David Stokes, for Foster, asked that his client receive a suspended sentence or, at least, a minimal non-parole period.

“This man is not a risk to children, he’s not a risk to the community,” he said. “He’s caught out by the scale (of offending), he’s caught out by the number of images.”

Mr Stokes said his client had looked after both his parents in the years before they died.

“He’s a man who has enormous compassion for his family and others,” he said.

“It’s therefore perhaps a little odd that he would find himself in a position of downloading child pornography.”

Foster will appear before Judge Dean Clayton for sentencing next Tuesday.

 

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FBI caught Adelaide man Stephen John Foster sharing porn images

  • by: Court Reporter Hannah Silverman
  • From: AdelaideNow
  • October 25, 2011 11:08AM

A MAN who downloaded more than 18,000 child pornography images – sharing almost 700 of them with others online – has asked to be spared an immediate jail term.

Stephen John Foster, 63, of Ethelton, has pleaded guilty to one aggravated count of disseminating child pornography and one aggravated count of possess child pornography.

The offences date back to October 2010.

Foster was arrested following an international FBI sting on child exploitation when he was discovered sharing 637 images online by an agent in New Mexico.

His home computer was later seized and 18,100 images and 1060 videos were found illegally downloaded on his computer.

Today the court heard Foster engaged with a file sharing program which enabled others to download his files.

For that reason, prosecutors argued there was no good reason to suspend a prison term.

They said his offending called for both public and personal deterrence.

But David Stokes, for Foster, said his client had good prospects for rehabilitation and showed no “general interest” in small children.

“This man is not a risk to children, he’s not a risk to the community,” he said.

Mr Stokes argued his client had looked after both his parents in the years before they died.

“He’s a man who has enormous combination of compassion for his family and others,” he said.

“It’s therefore perhaps a little odd that he would find himself in a position of downloading child pornography.”

Foster will be sentenced by Judge Dean Clayton next Tuesday.

“Alternatively, they may produce or distribute images that are downloaded by people thousands of kilometres away.”

 

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Serial molester jailed for 3rd offence

BY NATASHA RUDRA

08 Feb, 2012 11:58 AM

A former hairdresser who sexually molested a 14-year-old girl at a cinema has been sentenced to two and a half years in jail.

Kimrae Fortaleza, 22, told the victim that she would “get used to the pain” as he forced his hand under her clothes and continued the assault despite the girl’s efforts to stop him.

The ACT Supreme Court heard that at the time of the offence in January 2010, Fortaleza was already on bail for more offences involving sex with underage girls in 2008 and 2009.

Fortaleza met the victim at a birthday party at the Phillip ice-skating rink and exchanged phone numbers with the girl, organising to meet up for a movie the next day.

The court heard Fortaleza then kissed the girl and touched her inappropriately during the movie, telling the girl he had lied about having a girlfriend and telling her she would get used to the pain of the assault.

Fortaleza pleaded guilty to one count of sexual intercourse with a child aged under 16.

He is already serving a prison sentence for the 2008 and 2009 charges of having sex with two other 14-year-old girls.

This morning Justice Hilary Penfold said the girl told of pain, ongoing difficulties at school and blunted emotions after the incident and said she felt dirty, weak and humiliated.

Justice Penfold said the earlier sex charges meant Fortaleza would have been aware that “the law frowned on” his actions when he molested the girl at the cinema and he still appeared to struggle with the idea that he had done anything wrong.

But she said he appeared to be genuinely remorseful about the impact of his actions on the victim and had empathy for the loneliness and hurt the girl had experienced.

Justice Penfold said reports tendered in court showed Fortaleza was significantly immature and had no grasp of sexual boundaries but was not a sexual predator.

She imposed a jail sentence of two and a half years, extending Fortaleza’s current prison term by 18 months to a total of eight years.

Fortaleza will be eligible for parole in August 2014.

 

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Man ‘continued assault despite pleas to stop’

BY NATASHA RUDRA

06 Dec, 2011 04:00 AM

A former hairdresser who sexually molested a 14-year-old girl at a Woden cinema continued the assault despite her pleas for him to stop, a court has heard.

Kimrae Fortaleza, 22, met the young girl at the Phillip pool in January last year and took the girl to see the special effects movie Avatar.

Halfway through the film he began touching and kissing her before forcing his hand up her skirt, resisting her attempts to pull his hand away.

The ACT Supreme Court heard yesterday the girl told Fortaleza he was hurting her and begged him to stop, saying she was 14 while he was 21 and had a girlfriend.

But Fortaleza simply replied, ”I lied,” and told the girl she would ”get used” to the pain of the assault.

Fortaleza is being sentenced after pleading guilty to one count of sexual intercourse with a child aged between 10 and 16.

He is already serving a prison term for sexually molesting two other girls, forming ”romantic relationships” with them when they were aged just 13 and 14.

He was already on bail for those offences when he molested the girl at Woden cinemas.

Fortaleza’s barrister Amanda Tonkin said her client was a naive, immature and unsophisticated young man who felt more comfortable with younger girls rather than women his own age, who were interested in nightclubs and partying. Ms Tonkin said Fortaleza did not recall the victim asking him to stop and did not realise she was unhappy with his sexual advances.

”He is a man who really has blurred sexual boundaries and … there is an absence of the sort of circumstances you might find where the complainant is encouraged to drink alcohol, to take drugs, is threatened, abused and the like,” she said.

”Mr Fortaleza simply took advantage of the complainant.”

But Crown prosecutor Kylie Weston-Scheuber argued that the gravity of the crime was increased because the victim was not consenting to the assault in any way.

She said the suggestion Fortaleza was naive was not borne out by the facts and it would have been clear to him from the previous sex charges that sexual activity with young girls was a serious offence.

Justice Hilary Penfold will hand down her sentence in February.

 

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‘I’m 14, you’re 21, stop’: assault victim

BY NATASHA RUDRA

05 Dec, 2011 01:57 PM

A former hairdresser who sexually assaulted a young girl at a Woden cinema refused to stop even though the victim begged him to, a court has heard.

Convicted sex offender Kimrae Fortaleza, 22, took the girl to see the special effects movie Avatar and began kissing and touching her halfway through the film.

He then forced his hand up her skirt, resisting her attempts to pull his hand away.

This morning ACT Supreme Court heard the girl told Fortaleza, “I’m 14, you’re 21, stop. You have a girlfriend.”

But Fortaleza replied, “I lied,” and told the girl she would get used to the pain he was causing her.

The young man is already serving a six-year jail term for sexually abusing two other girls after forming “relationships” with them when they were just 13 and 14.

He was on bail for the other offences when he molested the young girl at the cinema in January last year.

He has pleaded guilty to one charge of sexual intercourse with a child.

Fortaleza’s barrister told the court her client was a naïve and immature young man and had failed to realize the victim “was not happy about his advances”.

She said the incident was opportunistic and unplanned and Fortaleza felt genuine remorse for his actions.

But the Crown told the court that Fortaleza was aware that he was committing a serious crime because he had been charged with the earlier offences and was on bail at the time.

Justice Hilary Penfold will hand down her sentence in February.

 

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/crime-and-law/offender-told-girl-get-used-to-pain/2346711.aspx

Offender told girl: get used to pain

BY NATASHA RUDRA

04 Nov, 2011 04:00 AM

A man who sexually assaulted a 14-year-old during a movie date told the girl that she would ”get used to” the pain he was causing her, a court has heard.

Convicted sex offender Kimrae Fortaleza, 22, is being sentenced in the ACT Supreme Court after pleading guilty to one count of sexual intercourse with a child aged between 10 and 16.

He is already serving a six-year jail term for sexually abusing two other young girls after forming ”romantic” relationships when they were aged just 13 and 14.

The court heard Fortaleza met the victim in January last year and they went to see a film at Woden.

During the movie, he touched the girl’s thigh and put his hand up her skirt before kissing her.

Fortaleza then forced his fingers up the teenager’s skirt, ignoring her attempts to pull him away.

When she told him to stop as he was hurting her, Fortaleza said she would get used to it.

The court heard the girl was ”shocked or frozen” when she left the cinema with Fortaleza after the movie but broke down later when she met a friend and told him something bad happened to her.

Yesterday the court heard Fortaleza had shown remorse.

The author of a pre-sentence report told the court that Fortaleza, a former hairdresser, came across as ”somewhat humbled”.

She said Fortaleza appeared genuinely remorseful for the isolation and loneliness that his victim felt after the sexual assault.

But she added the young man was immature and unable to empathise with the victim or realise that his actions had caused the teenager’s suffering.

The court heard Fortaleza did not appear to understand boundaries for appropriate sexual behaviour around underage girls.

The report author said the man was keen to participate in an adult sex offenders’ program in jail but agreed in cross-examination that Fortaleza wanted to finish the program so he could apply for a transitional release scheme at the jail.

Justice Hilary Penfold adjourned the sentencing hearing to later this month.

 

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Man faces court over underage sex

Posted Wed Oct 7, 2009 11:32am AEDT

A 20-year-old Canberra man has appeared in the ACT Magistrates Court accused of having sex with two underage girls.

Police arrested Kimrae Fortaleza last night after searching his Banks house and seizing a computer and digital camera.

He has been charged with two counts of sexual intercourse with a young person.

Police allege Fortaleza had sex with a 13-year-old girl and a 14-year-old girl on separate occasions this year.

Magistrate Maria Doogan granted Fortaleza bail on the condition he does not contact or approach the girls.

He will return to court later this month.

 

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Posted: October 31, 2012 by Serendipity in Location, South Australia
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Jailed for sex absue of homeless youth

  • news.com.au
  • October 01, 2007 11:30PM

A MAN found guilty of sexually abusing a homeless teenage boy to satisfy his own desires was jailed for eight years today.

John Michael Forrest, 55, of Burton, was sentenced in the District Court after being found guilty in a trial without a jury of seven charges of unlawful sexual intercourse in January, 2004.

Sentencing Forrest, acting Judge Andrew Wilson told Forrest he had “very effectively, and to satisfy your own sexual desires, seduced your victim”.

Judge Wilson said the youth had spent time in a homeless shelter and was “vulnerable”.

“Your victim was an unwilling participant and must have been confused and frightened,” he said.

Judge Wilson said the offences were not out of character for Forrest, pointing out Forrest had been convicted of rape and indecent assault of a 12-and-a-half year-old boy in 1992.

Forrest received a suspended sentence for those crimes.

Judge Wilson ordered Forrest serve four-and-a-half years in jail for the latest offences before being eligible for parole.

 

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Posted: October 31, 2012 by Serendipity in Queensland
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Man groomed boy as sex slave

Jessica Grewal | 3rd August 2010

A 50-YEAR-OLD man whose house was set alight by the young boy he had forced into prostitution “lit the match” to his own fire, the Hervey Bay District Court heard yesterday.

Reginald Thomas Fordham was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison for maintaining a “disturbing and destructive” relationship with a 14-year-old boy, which will be served concurrently with a two-year sentence for indecent treatment of the child and an additional six months for repeatedly exposing himself to a 22-year-old woman.

Last April the victim, who by that time was 16, set fire to Fordham’s home.

It was only when he fronted court charged with arson that the sordid details of his and Fordham’s two-year relationship were revealed.

When reading out her decision Judge Leanne Clare told Fordham he had taken advantage of his victim and made him his “rent boy”.

“You picked him as a child you could buy,” Ms Clare said.

“From the moment he said he would be prepared to whip you for $50 you used him.

“You have preyed on him and corrupted him.”

The court heard that while penetration never occurred, the acts were sadomasochistic and at the highest end of “sexually deviant” behaviour.

It was also revealed that he had a long history of sex-related offences and had faced court on five counts of arson.

Ms Clare said Fordham’s behaviour had left the victim “degraded and shamed” and set him on a path to alcoholism and liver disease.

She said that, at 18, the victim was already showing signs of cirrhosis and that his addiction had stemmed from the “destructive period” in which the abuse occurred where Fordham traded alcohol, cigarettes and money for sexual favours.

“I don’t think it any coincidence that you lubricated him with alcohol,” she said.

“It seems to me he took it to get through whatever you had in store for him.”

While she conceded the victim may have consented to the behaviour Ms Clare said the experiences must have been “deeply disturbing” for a 14-year-old and that the case was a perfect example of why it was illegal for children to make decisions about sex before they were 16.

“He was too young,” Ms Clare said.

“That is why the law protects children under 16 regardless of their own consent.”

Fordham will be eligible for parole on January 29, 2014.

Bob Fordham

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Fordham gets suspended sentence

Joe Flynn | 27th March 2009

DESPITE admitting to owning a collection of child pornography that included videos of children as young as five being raped, Bob Fordham was yesterday allowed to walk free from the Bundaberg District Court.

The former AFL Bundaberg Wide Bay (AFLBWB) president received two cumulative jail sentences, one with parole and one suspended, after pleading guilty to two child porn charges.

In Fordham’s sentencing yesterday morning, crown prosecutor Kylie Ward told the court that police, who were acting on information from an international child pornography operation, found a collection of 10 child pornography videos on Fordham’s computer last June.

The videos, some of which were more than 25 minutes long, included children aged between five and 14 performing sexual acts on adults.

Ms Ward asked the court to send a strong message to child predators by jailing Fordham, but Judge Keith Dodds sentenced him to a 12-month suspended jail sentence for knowingly possessing child pornography and an 18-month jail sentence, with immediate parole, for using a carrier service to commit the crime.

Another man arrested in the same operation pleaded guilty to possessing more than 900 child exploitation images which included infants being sexually abused – but was released immediately on parole and probation.

 

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