Robert Gordon Cummins

Posted: October 23, 2012 by Serendipity in Classed as a Dangerous Sex Offender, Western Australia
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Anti-libidinal drugs spare paedophile jail

April 22, 2014, 3:39 pm

A notorious Perth paedophile has avoided more jail time for a historical sexual offence, with the judge

saying anti-libidinal drugs had since deprived him of any sex drive.

Robert Gordon Cummins, 49, admitted to indecently dealing with a child under the age of 14 almost

26 years ago when he was a 24-year-old cafe proprietor.

His 12 to 13-year-old victim, the daughter of one of his friends, was forced to flee the rear of the cafe

after Cummins tickled her genitals while they were watching TV.

He was interviewed by police some 25 years later and made full admissions.

The District Court Judge Michael John Bowden noted it was Cummins first sexual offence and was

followed by a string of sentences for others, including one sentence of more than eight years.

Having been identified as a high risk offender, he was placed on medication to reduce his sex drive,

which seemed to be working, Judge Bowden said.

“That really does seem to be the key insofar as this particular case is concerned,” he said during

sentencing on Tuesday.

The drugs had resulted in Cummins losing interest in any sexual activity, Judge Bowden said.

“It really is the fact that the chemical medication seems to have deprived you of any sex drive that

leads me to deal with this case in the manner in which I am going to deal with it,” he said.

“The offence is so serious that imprisonment is the only appropriate disposition but it does seem

to me that I cannot say that a suspended sentence in the circumstances would be wholly inappropriate.”

Judge Bowden sentenced Cummins to 12 months in jail, suspended for 18 months, provided he continues

to comply with a strict, previously-imposed supervision order, which has 36 conditions including that he

take the medication.

Paedophile in child sex plot set free

Kate Campbell, The West Australian

Updated September 20, 2012, 2:10 am

A paedophile involved in an evil and sophisticated conspiracy to travel to Thailand to commit child sex offences after being released from jail, including plans to turn an orphanage into a child brothel and grooming Thai mothers to get access to their children, walked free from jail last night.

Robert Gordon Cummins, 46, was sentenced in the Supreme Court yesterday to two years and seven months jail after admitting he conspired with two other convicted paedophiles in prison, Mark Pendleton and Kenneth William Bishop, to commit child sex offences outside Australia.

But Justice John McKechnie ordered Cummins be freed from jail on a recognisance release order after serving 18 months – a term which has already been served because he was taken into custody on the charges in March last year.

The court was told Cummins was an “entrenched paedophile” who estimated he had committed more than 1000 child sex crimes. He met and befriended Pendleton, who allegedly included him in the Thai plot, in 2005 in a sex offender treatment program in prison.

Cummins was the first to be released on parole in 2008 and started putting plans into action, including contacting Thai mothers on internet chat rooms and sending them money and gifts, such as clothing for their children, some as young as 18 months.

State prosecutor Bruno Fiannaca said Cummins confessed to planning to set up a sewing business in Thailand and employ impoverished mothers from remote villages in a bid to abuse their children.

He said Cummins admitted he and his co-accused wanted to become benefactors to an orphanage and “effectively convert it into a child brothel”.

The court was told Cummins has agreed to testify against his co-accused, who will fight the Commonwealth charges at trial. Cummins’ sentence was heavily discounted because of his early guilty plea and co-operation with authorities.

Justice McKechnie said Cummins joined an “evil conspiracy that had the potential for the rape of many young Thai children” and the plot “went well beyond fantasy and hope.”

“Conspiring to leave Australia and go to a country where poverty can make easy pickings for sexual predators brings shame upon us all,” he said.

Police uncovered the plot in 2008 after tapping phone calls between Cummins and Pendleton and intercepting their mail.

Declared a dangerous sex offender in 2008, Cummins is bound by a strict supervised release order.

WA men accused of planning ‘Vietnam, Thai child sex tours’

  • Phil Hickey
  • From: PerthNow
  • March 10, 2011 9:33AM

TWO men have been charged with child sex offences after allegedly planning to travel to Vietnam and Thailand to have sex with children.

Police will allege the two men former pre-primary teacher Mark Pendleton, 51 and Robert Gordon Cummins, 45, devised a plan to travel to Thailand and Vietnam for the purposes of having sex with children.

It will be further alleged that between July 2005 and September 2008 in Perth and at other locations in WA, they conspired to do an act in Thailand or Vietnam, or both, which if done in Western Australia, would be an indictable offence under Section 320 of the Criminal Code (WA) and which is an offence under the laws in force in both Thailand and Vietnam.

Cummins, 45, appeared in the Perth Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday. Bail was refused and he was remanded in custody.

Pendleton will appear in the Perth Magistrate’s Court on Friday.


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