Lambert Ariens

Posted: October 13, 2012 by Serendipity in Victoria
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The Age – 10/10/1995 – Page 6

A Commonwealth Games bronze medal gymnast already serving a jail term for sexually molesting three girls two years ago was yesterday sentenced to a further 18 months’ jail after he pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting a four-year-old girl early this year. But the magistrate, Ms Jelena Popovic, said in the Melbourne Magistrates Court that, with a 12-month minimum sentence, Lambert Ariens, 42, would have only four months added to his prison term.


Gymnast jailed for child assault

DAVID ADAMS – The Age – 12/07/1995 – Page 4

A Commonwealth Games gymnastics bronze medallist was yesterday jailed for 26 months after he pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting and videotaping three girls at a gym two years ago.

Lambert Ariens, 41, of Elsternwick, appeared in the Prahran Magistrates Court charged with nine counts of indecent assault and one count of possessing child pornography. He also faced one count of loitering in a public place while being a known sex offender, but pleaded not guilty to this charge.

The magistrate, Mr Francis Hender, said videos presented to the court showed Ariens had deliberately taped “unwitting young girls” while pulling aside their leotards for his own gratification.

Mr Hender sentenced Ariens to 18 months and seven days for the offences to which he pleaded guilty. He convicted him of the loitering charge and sentenced him to a further five months.

Mr Hender also ordered Ariens to serve a three-month sentence, which was imposed but suspended last year after he was convicted of similar offences. The magistrate did not set a minimum term and ordered the video camera and tapes be forfeited to the police.

During a subsequent application for bail, Detective Sergeant Gary Windhager, of Brighton CIB, told the court Ariens had also been charged with sexually penetrating a four-year-old at Elwood in January.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Senior Constable Jamie Marra, told the court that Ariens, a former gymnastics instructor, videotaped three girls at a Melbourne gym in January 1993.

Senior Constable Marra said footage seized by police showed Ariens pulling aside the girls’ leotards and exposing their genitals while they were standing on their heads. The girls are all believed to be aged about seven.

The tapes also contained images of Ariens fondling the girls, he said.

The court was also told that on 19 January Ariens had videotaped children on an Elwood beach. Senior Constable Marra said most of the images, including children changing into their bathers or showering, were “from the waist down”.

Counsel for Ariens, Mr Andrew McKenna, told the court: “To this day, none of the three child victims are aware that anything untoward happened to them at the gym.”

Mr McKenna urged the magistrate to suspend the sentence, claiming that Ariens would not receive the intensive psychological treatment he required if he was imprisoned.

Ariens won a bronze medal at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, Canada. Ariens lodged an appeal late yesterday. He was refused bail and is expected to appear at the Melbourne County Court on 5 October.


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  1. Victim of Lambert says:

    I am a 38 year old victim of this man. I was 10 when he indecently assaulted me. I was also one of the young elite gymnasts under his tuition at the time and was assaulted on the same day that two other girls were. I only wish I could have added time to his initial sentencing. Scumbag!

  2. Victim of Lambert says:

    Forgot to mention that we lived in NSW at the time……. I have no doubt that there are more interstate victims who could come forward.

  3. Watcher says:

    Ariens worked for Toronto YMCA in the early 80’s. I have no doubt that he was molesting young girls at that time

  4. Watcher says:

    His MO was to offer ‘private lessons’ for young girls to unsuspecting parents. I worked at the same centre as Ariens and was concerned after watching the way he ‘padded’ the young girls during classes. I raised concerns with other staff and afterwards made sure that he wasnt left alone with any kids and was supervised as much as possible.He moved to Canberra YMCA

    • Lisa says:

      My parents watched the entire class. He told my parents i could go to the Olympics. I too had private lessons. I was 10 years old. This was approx 1987 in Melbourne.

  5. Watcher says:

    There will be a lot more victims out there. He was a little grub

  6. Christian says:

    The first time I saw this guy was in January of 1995, I noticed him on the beach taking pictures and filming kids, he was alon, I knew straight away what he was, I brought his behaviour to the attention of my friend and told him I am going to do something about this guy, I walked up to him and told him I knew what he was and that if he does not get off the beach he would live to regret it, he started walking away. I then realised that I really should have followed him and notified the authorities, hoping he was not to far ahead of me I followed him and then sighted him, immediately I called the police and informed them, they arrived rather quickly to the street he was parked in being head street and I identified him to them and that both his cameras had eveidence of the pictures and videos of children he had been taking, they approached him Andy told me that there was nothing they could do as he was filming in a public place, I kicked up a huge stink about it and they informed me the Sargent of the station would come down to explain to me why they could not hold him, he came eventually and pretty much said the same thing.i was not happy to say the least I knew what he was, I told the Sargent that they had better get his details and report him to the child molestation unit so they could follow it up and put this predator in jail where he belongs, they didn’t it seems as I was called as a witness against him in the case that followed which led to his conviction.i can not express my dismay at how they just wanted to let him go, I had to convince them with great persuasion that more needed to be done, personally I think the police need to pull their fingers out when it concerned this type of crime,I can honestly say if it were not for my intervention they would not have nabbed this predator, I still to this can not believe that no one noticed or did anything about this guy on a day that was swarming with people on the beach, it was obvious to me what he was, surely it must have been noticed by others, we the public must not stand by and allow these sort of crimes to occur, we must rise to the occassion and protect one another, to this day I feel the sentence he received was weak to say the least, I wonder about the criminal justice system in this country when predators can get light sentences for crimes like this, I can only sigh in defeat when the system lets down the victims in favour of the rights of predators like this.

  7. Skye says:

    Hi. I am also a victim of his. I was 8 when he began abusing me at Gymnastics. When I was 12, I told my mum and we went straight to the police. I believe I was the first to come forward in Melbourne. It was 1998 when the abuse began and 1992 when I had to relive it all again for the police. I have a photo of him at home somewhere if you would like it for your file? I am 37 now with 2 small kids. You never get over it – I live with it affecting me everyday.

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