Andrew William Dawson-Ryan

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Ex-church leader jailed over youth camp abuse

Posted March 12, 2009 11:36:00
Updated March 12, 2009 15:30:00

A former church leader has been jailed for 18 years for sexually abusing Adelaide boys in the 1970s and 80s.

District Court Judge Gordon Barrett said Andrew William Dawson-Ryan, 60, of Cumberland Park had abused his position of trust over 16 years.

He had been a leader of the Church of England Boys Society at suburban Plympton.

The court heard he assaulted four boys, mostly on youth camps, with one offence believed to have happened interstate.

The boys were given alcohol and cigarettes and Dawson-Ryan kept in touch with their families.

Judge Barrett said the offences had had a profound effect on the victims, one of whom had worried for years that he may have contracted AIDS or a venereal disease.

The judge said Dawson-Ryan had shown little remorse for his actions.

A non-parole term of 10 years has been set.

Dawson-Ryan has filed an appeal against his conviction.

‘No mercy’ call for pedophile Andrew William Dawson-Ryan

  • The Advertiser
  • February 23, 2009 11:30PM

A REMORSELESS Anglican Church pedophile who systematically abused boys “hundreds of times” must be shown no mercy, say prosecutors.

Prosecutors today told the District Court there was no reason to extend leniency to former Church of England Boys Society youth leader Andrew William Dawson-Ryan.

The 60-year-old’s counsel were hard-pressed to disagree – an hour-long hearing, set down for defence to make submissions, lasted just 20 minutes.

Dawson-Ryan, of Cumberland Park, was last year convicted by a jury of 12 counts of indecent assault, five counts of unlawful sexual intercourse, gross indecency and procuring an act of gross indecency.

Between 1972 and 1988, he abused a number of boys entrusted into his care as a leader with the Church of England Boys Society.

He plied them with cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana and pornography, and made friends with their families.

Today Mark Norman, prosecuting, said the “sheer scope and scale” of the offending was staggering.

“These are just examples of hundreds of offences he committed, for which he cannot possibly be sentenced,” he said.

“The timing of the abuse was systematic, with a profound and prolonged impact upon a generation of families.

“The best that can be said, in mitigation, is that there was no violence… leniency is proscribed.”

Lindy Powell, QC, for Dawson-Ryan, asked the court consider her client’s age and lack of offending since 1998 when imposing sentence.

Judge Gordon Barrett remanded Dawson-Ryan in custody for sentencing next month.

Anyone abused by Dawson-Ryan is asked to contact the Anglican Church on 8366 6589.


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  1. Henry Silvio says:

    Just like Barry Watson of park orchards and his Church of England boys society child abuse group .

    Over 80 plus victims

    And it’s not like the Anglican Church care

  2. Vincent says:

    Just like Barry Watson of Park Orchards

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