Charles Alfred Barnett

Posted: October 17, 2012 by Serendipity in Location, Mugshots, Photo, Sentenced, South Australia
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Barnett has been sentencted in the District Court to two years, four months, three weeks and four days’ jail for crimes against three boys committed 30 years ago.

Judge Jack Costello imposed a 14-month non-parole period, to be served on home detention.

Witnesses wanted for former catholic priest Charles Barnett

28 Oct, 2010 12:30 AM

Lawyers acting on behalf of victims of former Catholic priest, Charles Barnett, are looking for witnesses in Whyalla to pursue further action.

He was sentenced to six years and six months in jail with a non parole period of four years after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting four children.

The charges related to alleged offences at Crystal Brook and Port Pirie between 1977 and 1985.

He pleaded not guilty to other charges of unlawful sexual intercourse and indecent assault at Port Pirie, Crystal Brook, Whyalla and Blackfriars.

Porter Lawyers is looking for anyone who knew Barnett during the 1970s and 1980s when he was serving in South Australia.

The company is acting for a number of child sexual assault victims abused by Barnett while he was a priest in different schools and parishes at that time.

In the late 1970s, Barnett was listed as an assistant priest in a parish at Whyalla.

He was still listed at Whyalla (still as an assistant) in the directories for 1981 and 1983.

During the period of his Whyalla listings, Barnett was not necessarily confined to that town.

Porters lawyer Jason Parkinson said he would be making a trip to Adelaide and Whyalla next month and hoped to meet some people who may have known him.

He said it was important that those who were his alleged victims spoke up.

“The criminal justice system has punished Barnett and it is time for the victims to be heard,” Mr Parkinson said.

“He has been convicted for the charges he pleaded guilty and we will take further necessary action if we get calls from other alleged victims.”

Former priest Charles Alfred Barnett jailed on child sex charges

  • From: AAP
  • August 05, 2010 11:38AM

A FORMER Catholic priest has been likened to a snake and described as evil and a creep as he was sentenced for child sex offences.

In the South Australian District Court today, Charles Alfred Barnett, 69, was jailed for at least four years after pleading guilty to three counts of indecent assault and two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse.

The offences dated from about 1977 to 1994 with some occurring at Crystal Brook, north of Adelaide, and one at suburban Black Forest.

Judge Paul Rice said the victims were four boys aged between about 13 and 15.

He said one considered Barnett to be evil and “life and soul destroying” while another described Barnett as a “creep, like a snake”.

Judge Rice said a psychiatric assessment found Barnett had been involved in a profound betrayal of trust and had abused his position of pastoral authority.

“You knew what you were doing was legally and morally wrong, not the least because you were a Catholic priest,” the judge said.

After leaving the Church, Barnett had gone to live in Indonesia in 1995 where he worked as a teacher and also set up a garment factory.

The allegations against him were raised in 2006 with Australia making an extradition request the following year.

Barnett was arrested by Indonesian authorities in 2008 and after spending a year in custody was returned to Australia in February last year.

Judge Rice said he had reduced Barnett’s sentence by a year to reflect the time he had spent in custody in Indonesia.

He imposed a jail term of six years and six months with a non-parole period of four years, backdated to February last year.

Priest ‘was a creep, like a snake’, court told

June 29, 2010

A former Catholic priest who sexually abused teenage boys in South Australia was a terrifying monster, one of his victims says.

“He was a creep, like a snake,” the victim of Charles Alfred Barnett, 69, wrote in an impact statement read in the District Court today.

The victim says he does not want to go to heaven if it is “full of stale, smelly priests” who have abused children.

Barnett was in the court for sentencing submissions over sexual and indecent assaults on four occasions between 1977 and 1994.

The victim said Barnett was a monster and he had been too terrified to sleep when the priest stayed in his bedroom after befriending the Catholic farming family near Port Pirie.

Barnett was arrested in Indonesia in 2008 and returned to Australia after spending a year in custody.

His lawyer Stephen Ey told the court Barnett had paid a $32,000 “downpayment” to get out of the squalid jail into home detention – but the money went missing.

Judge Paul Rice said it sounded like a bribe.

“If it walks like a duck … let’s call it a duck then.”

Barnett apologised to the young men, their families, the church and their communities saying this “would never happen again”.

Mr Ey said his client’s behaviour could be partly explained by his own early sexual exploitation and that Barnett had not realised how wrong his acts were at the time.

Judge Rice said he did not believe the priest did not know sexual abuse of children was wrong.

Mr Ey said Barnett had lived in Indonesia since the mid 1990s, helping Indonesian families by way of atoning for his offending.

Prosecutor Kathy Rozaklis said there was an element of grooming in Barnett’s behaviour as he used his position to gain the trust of families whose children he abused.

She called for Barnett’s sentence to reflect the public’s outrage and revulsion for the crimes.

Judge Rice will sentence Barnett on August 5.

Paedophile priest apologises to victims

By Rebecca Brice

Updated Tue Jun 29, 2010 12:02pm AEST

A former Catholic priest tried to bribe his way out of an Indonesian jail while facing child sex charges, the Adelaide District Court has heard.

Charles Alfred Barnett, 69, was arrested in Indonesia in 2008, three decades after he abused the first of four teenage boys in South Australia’s mid-north.

His lawyer told the court Barnett spent a year in horrendous conditions in jail in Jakarta, despite paying $32,000 to be released on home detention so he could sort out his business affairs before extradition.

Judge Paul Rice said the payment amounted to a bribe.

In statements read to the court, Barnett’s victims called him a despicable monster and spoke of feeling betrayed by the Catholic Church.

Barnett apologised and acknowledged a jail sentence was inevitable.

He was remanded in custody ahead of sentencing in August.

Extradited ex-priest admits more child sex offences

Posted Mon Apr 19, 2010 1:47pm AEST

A former Catholic priest extradited from Indonesia has admitted to more child sex offences, at a District Court hearing in Adelaide.

Charles Alfred Barnett, 68, had already pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent assault on teenage boys between 1977 and 1982 in Crystal Brook and Port Pirie.

Now he has pleaded guilty to another two charges of unlawful sexual intercourse.

His lawyer has asked for time to get a psychological report before making submissions on Barnett’s penalty.

The case has been listed for the end of June.

Last year Barnett became the first person extradited to Australia from Indonesia under a treaty between the two countries.

He also spent a year in an Indonesian jail before the extradition.

Former priest denies abuse

12/10/2009 12:51:00 PM

A former Catholic priest, extradited from Indonesia, has denied sexually abusing children in regional South Australia.

Charles Alfred Barnett today pleaded not guilty in the SA District Court to two counts each of unlawful sexual intercourse and indecent assault.

The alleged victims were boys aged between 11 and 16 at the time of the offences, which date back to 1979, the court heard.

Barnett was extradited from Jakarta in April this year to face the charges.

The 68-year-old was ordered to reappear in court in December.

Extradited ex-priest admits child sex

Posted Tue Sep 8, 2009 11:15am AEST
Updated Tue Sep 8, 2009 11:27am AEST

A former Catholic priest extradited from Indonesia has pleaded guilty in Adelaide Magistrates Court to child sex offences.

Charles Alfred Barnett, 68, admitted to three counts of indecent assault between 1977 and 1985 at Crystal Brook and Port Pirie.

He pleaded not guilty to six other charges including unlawful sexual intercourse.

Barnett was arrested in Indonesia last year and returned to Australia in February this year as the first person extradited under a new treaty between the two countries.

He is to face the District Court next month.,22606,26043618-5006301,00.html

I’m guilty admits extradited Catholic priest Charles Barnett,

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September 08, 2009 11:12am

A FORMER South Australian priest has pleaded guilty to child sex charges after being extradited from Indonesia.

Charles Barnett, 68, was arrested in February following a request from Australian authorities, and the South Jakarta District Court approved his extradition in April.

Today, in the Adelaide Magistrates Court, Barnett admitted to three counts of indecent assault against a person between 1977 and 1982 at Crystal Brook and Port Pirie.

He pleaded not guilty to six other charges of unlawful sexual intercourse and indecent assault at Port Pirie, Crystal Brook, Whyalla and Black Forest between 1981 and 1994.

Magistrate Alfio Grasso remanded him in custody to next appear in court in October.

Alleged child sex priest to be extradited from Indonesia

Jakarta correspondent Geoff Thompson

Last Updated: 3 hours 17 minutes ago

A former Australian priest and alleged paedophile is expected to be extradited from Indonesia today on a flight to Sydney.

An Indonesian court ruled last year that 67-year-old Charles Alfred Barnett should be extradited to Australia to face charges that he sexually interfered with the children of his parishioners while he was a priest in South Australia between 1977 and 1994.

He is accused of sexual offences against six boys.

Mr Barnett has lived in Jakarta for the past 12 years, working as an English teacher and running a garment business.

He was arrested a year ago at the request of Australian police.

Indonesian police say he will be extradited to Australia on a Qantas flight leaving Jakarta tonight.


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  1. Steve says:

    Wow he looks different.
    I was in Whyalla a child and my family had to go back because my grandfather was dying.
    My family went to hospital to see my grandfather with Hurley and left him to look after me.
    He never assaulted me but had a wank, he asked me to for my hand on it.
    He had had a chat with me about telling lies and explained if I said anything no one would believe me my parents would be hurt and school would be harder for me.
    I can’t speak out because the Catholic Church will destroy me, he was right.
    They have too much power and I would not survive. I need to last a little longer for my kids before I go.
    I needed to tell someone
    There is so much more to it but to be honest it’s very messy in my head and can’t be sure of things and would get minced by the church lawyers.
    I know it’s not super bad compared to the sufferings of others so feel guilty is affects me so much
    Thanks for listening
    Thanks for helping all the others and their family, it gives me a like more peace.

  2. michael kirkbride says:

    Hey Steve, He has been arrested again for the abuse of someone I know just last week.
    There are many many other kisd he has abused more than 20 apparently

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