Douglas Carley

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Former Lake Macquarie mayor jailed over indecent assault

BY ALISON BRANLEY – Newcastle Herald

10/10/2009 4:00:00 AM

FORMER Lake Macquarie mayor Douglas Carley has been sentenced to three years in prison for indecently assaulting a 12-year-old boy.

Judge Gregory Hosking sentenced Carley, 73, of Hamilton, in Newcastle District Court yesterday to three years with a 15-month non-parole period.

It means Carley, who has been in custody most of 2009, could be released in April next year.

The court heard Carley befriended the victim’s family in October, 2008, after the boy’s mother took pity on Carley when she saw him about to fall over because he had “taken too many tablets”.

She encouraged her son to help Carley and at one stage told her son, “He is just an old man”.

At Carley’s unit on November 17, 2008, Carley pulled the victim’s pants down and touched the boy’s genitals.

Carley threatened to kill himself that day but was not arrested until he threatened self-harm again in January.

Judge Hosking said the maximum sentence was 10 years but Carley’s offence was between the low and middle range.

He took into account Carley’s plea of guilty, age, mental health issues and that most of his term would be spent in protection.

“[It] is often more arduous than being in the general prison population,” he said.

“By pleading guilty he has also saved young [the victim] the ordeal of having to recount this matter.”

Judge Hosking said Carley had bi-polar disorder, was sexually abused as a child and had electric shock treatment twice before age 25.

A psychiatrist’s report read to the court yesterday stated that Carley was voted Lake Macquarie mayor during one of his hypo-manic periods but became depressed, losing his wife, his role and becoming financially destitute.

It stated that during elevated moods Carley abandoned all caution and identified with boys of 14.

Carley was a Lake Macquarie councillor for 10 years and was mayor from 1991 to 1993.

He was a high school teacher at Warners Bay, Glenfield, Belmont, Toronto and Broadmeadow.

He was convicted of indecently assaulting a 15-year-old boy in 1995.

A condition of Carley’s parole will be to stay on medication and see a psychiatrist to reduce the risk of re-offending.

Ex-mayor to stand trial on indecent assault charge

Posted Wed Apr 8, 2009 3:35pm AEST

A former New South Wales mayor has been committed to stand trial for the alleged assault of a boy.

Former Lake Macquarie mayor, Douglas Carley, 72, is charged with the aggravated indecent assault of the 12-year-old in November last year.

Police allege he lured the child into his Newcastle unit where the alleged assault took place.

While appearing via audio-visual link in Newcastle local court today, Carley appeared frustrated with the connections to his hearing aids, impairing his hearing.

He showed no expression when Magistrate Elaine Truscott committed him to stand trial for the alleged offence.

He is due to be arraigned in the Newcastle District Court next week.


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  1. thebustopher says:

    My Year 9 English Teacher at Gorokan High who moved around a LOT. Seems like he’d do a maximum of one year at a school. He told us it was because other teachers were envious of him, and ostracised him, but we may know now the real reason.

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