Peter Andrew Bailey

Posted: October 15, 2012 by Serendipity in Location, Victoria
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Scout leader convicted of indecent assaults spanning 15-year period

VICTORIA GURVICH and VICTORIA BUTTON – The Age – 17/01/1997 – Page 3

A scout leader charged with indecent assaults over a period of more than 15 years electronically altered pictures of clothed boys to make them appear naked, the Melbourne Magistrates Court was told yesterday.

Detective Senior Constable Jeff Hanley, of the child-exploitation unit, said that in two incidents in which boys were assaulted, the boys’ hands were tied loosely behind their backs as the scout leader touched their genitals.

Mr Peter Andrew Bailey, 36, an electrician, of Mount Waverley, was a Venturer Scout when he befriended one of the boys, and later became a scout leader.

Detective Senior Constable Jeff Hanley said charges against Mr Bailey related to incidents at scout camps, in his car, in showers, at a school and at a scouting jamboree.

The leader had an interest in computers and admitted using his home computer to add genitals to pictures of boys, the court was told.

Bailey pleaded guilty to 16 charges between 1976 and 1992 including indecent assaults, indecent acts, possession of child pornography and unsafe firearm storage.

Senior Constable Hanley said one boy was assaulted from age nine, in 1976, for seven years, and another from age 11 for two years.

Mr Michael Gleeson, defending, said the charges against Bailey involved touching, not penetration.

Mr Gleeson said his client had been molested when he was about 13 on about three occasions.

Bailey did not have any prior convictions, had helped pensioners receive cheaper work from electricians and had been a member of the State Emergency Service.

His client accepted his behavior was atrocious and that he must be punished, Mr Gleeson said. He said Bailey was a confused man. He resigned from the scouts in about 1992 and sought counselling.

Bailey pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and had been cooperative with police, Mr Gleeson said.

The magistrate, Mr Brian Barrow, said the offences were at the lower end of the scale in terms of this type of crime, but were aggravated by the fact that Bailey violated a position of trust.

Mr Barrow convicted and sentenced him to an effective 12 months imprisonment by way of an intensive corrections order.


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