Graham Lewis Dennis

Posted: October 26, 2012 by Serendipity in Location, Photo, Victoria
Tags: , , , , ,

Picture: LIANNE GOUGH

http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/article/2008/11/08/29641_news.html

Former Geelong Grammar teacher jailed on sex charges

Martin Watters

November 8th, 2008

A FORMER Geelong Grammar School housemaster will spend at least one year behind bars after pleading guilty to “brutalising and traumatising” boys.

The Geelong County Court yesterday sentenced Graham Lewis Dennis, now 73, to two years’ imprisonment with a non-parole period of 12 months for a series of sexual assaults on students 50 years ago.

The exclusive school ousted Dennis after parental complaints but the pedophile continued to teach for three decades until he retired in 1989.

It was understood the attacks were among some of the oldest child sexual assault cases, with the victim only recently coming forward.

Judge Geoffrey Chettle ruled Dennis’ attacks in  1957-58 changed the lives of his victims.

“Your crimes were dreadful . . . you brutalised and traumatised young boys,” Justice Chettle said.

“Your victims have suffered and will continue to suffer into the future. You were a predatory pedophile . . . your behaviour cannot be seen as isolated.”

Outside court, victim Philip Constable of Warrandyte, called for other victims to come forward.

“I’m just happy that it’s all over and (Dennis) is aware of how I feel and how my family feels about it.”

The defendant was in his early 20s when he taught at Geelong Grammar’s Bostock House from 1957 to 1959.

Crown prosecutor Bob Johnson previously told the court Dennis ordered the victim to come to his room after lights out and assaulted him.

Mr Johnson said Dennis told the victim to cuddle up to him before getting the boy to masturbate him.

The court previously heard these sexual assaults occurred most nights until the end of 1958.

Dennis also sexually assaulted another student about the same time in similar circumstances.

Justice Chettle said he took into account Dennis’ age, his poor health, the date of offending and that the defendant had since “turned his life around”.

Dennis has since suffered from diabetes, a chronic anxiety disorder and had survived several strokes.

“I take into account the exemplary life you have led but you were clearly a pedophile in the 1950s,” Justice Chettle said.

 

http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/article/2008/10/31/27811_news.html

Former Geelong Grammar housemaster guilty of sexual assaults

Karen Matthews

October 31st, 2008

A FORMER Geelong Grammar School housemaster continued teaching Victorian children for almost 30 years after allegations emerged he had sexually assaulted young students, a court has heard.

Geelong County Court was told Graham Lewis Dennis was forced to resign his position as housemaster of Geelong Grammar’s junior campus after the victims’ parents complained to the school.

But the allegations were never reported to police and Dennis continued teaching within the state education system until retiring in 1989.

Dennis, now 73, of Oban Rd, Ringwood North, pleaded guilty in Geelong County Court yesterday to charges of gross indecency on a male and indecent assault on a male under 16.

The offences occurred between 1957 and 1958 and are believed to be among the oldest child-sex assault cases ever to come before a Victorian court.

Dennis was in his early 20s at the time; his victims are now aged in their 60s.

Crown prosecutor Bob Johnson said Dennis was a housemaster at Geelong Grammar’s Bostock House from 1957 to 1959, during which time the first victim, then aged nine, became a student.

“Dennis told the boy to come to his room after lights out,” Mr Johnson said.

“The victim climbed into bed and had to cuddle up to him.”

Mr Johnson said Dennis fondled himself before getting the boy to masturbate him.

The prosecutor said the sexual assaults occurred most nights and continued until the end of 1958.

He said Dennis also sexually assaulted another young student about the same time in almost identical circumstances.

Andrew Halphen, for Dennis, said the delay in the matter coming before the court was extraordinary.

“My client was forced to resign his position at Geelong Grammar when his offending became known,” Mr Halphen said.

He said after losing his job, Dennis immersed himself in religion and meditation and had since led an exemplary life.

“He joined the Victorian Education Department in 1962 and continued teaching until retiring in 1989,” he said.

“For 50 years he has had to live with what he did waiting for the axe to fall.”

Judge Geoffrey Chettle said a victim impact statement from one of the victims showed that Dennis’ offending had impacted on all areas of his life.

Dennis will be sentenced next Friday.

Geelong Grammar School principal Stephen Meek released a statement last night, saying no current staff or students were involved with the court hearing.

“We are aware that today at Geelong County Court a former teacher at Geelong Grammar School Junior Campus in the 1950s pleaded guilty to serious charges brought against him by the Victoria Police,” he said.

 

Join us on Facebook

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s