UPDATED: MARCH 2015

Dobbs could soon be eligible for parole. Judge Kerry O’Brien, who gave Dobbs life and indefinite sentences in 2003, says he no longer believes he poses a danger to the community & lifted the indefinite sentences after reading reports from a psychologist and psychiatrist. If Dobbs was granted parole, he would be subject to strict conditions.

 

http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/australias-worst-pedophile-geoffrey-robert-dodds-responds-to-treatment/story-e6frfkp9-1226624466698

Australia’s worst pedophile Geoffrey Robert Dodds ‘responds to treatment’

  • Tony Keim
  • The Courier-Mail
  • April 19, 2013 2:41PM

THE man dubbed Australia’s worst pedophile is showing “positive and promising” signs that will make him fit for release, a court has been told.

The Brisbane District Court was told Geoffrey Robert Dobbs – who was sentenced to two indefinite jail terms a decade ago – was responding “impressively” to psychological treatment in jail and was now only a moderate risk of re-offending.

Dobbs, 58, was in court on Friday for the third periodic review of his sentence for molesting numerous young girls over a more than three decade period.

Dobbs was given the never-to-be-released prison terms on July 24, 2003, for abusing 62 girls aged between one and 15.

A former Brisbane Boys’ Brigade leader and Sunday school teacher, Dobbs pleaded guilty in 2002 to 115 sex offences.

The offences were committed from 1972, when Dobbs was 18, to 1999 when he was 45.

His almost 30-year campaign of sexual abuse ended when he was arrested after taking a video camera with a jammed cassette to a repair shop where a technician noticed it contained footage of Dobbs having sex with a girl.

Police investigators have long maintained many other girls were abused by Dobbs, but had never come forward.

Prosecutors on Friday told the court Dobbs remained a danger to the community and that the indefinite term should remain in place.

Barrister Rob East, for Dobbs, said his client had been responding well to treatment, but should remain in jail for now so that treatment could continue.

Psychiatrist Professor Joan Lawrence testified she was impressed by Dobbs’ response to treatment and that he was currently only a moderate risk of re-offending if released from jail.

“(Dobbs’s) sexual drive and the deviance (of pedophilia) … is likely to be life-long,” she said.

“But, with increasing age there will atrophy (or a decline) … of (his) libido and (sex) drive.

“He will need some supervision if he were to be released.”

Judge Kerry O’Brien, who originally sentenced Dobbs, ordered the indefinite sentence be maintained until further review.

Dobbs sat quietly in the dock of Court 25 during the hearing and later chatted happily with his parents, who sat behind him in the public gallery, during a 20-minute adjournment.

The mothers of two of Dobbs’ victims were also in court and were thrilled when told the indefinite sentence would continue.

 

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/pedophile-geoffrey-robert-dobbs-to-stay-behind-bars-after-sentence-review/story-e6freoof-1226113707833

Pedophile Geoffrey Robert Dobbs to stay behind bars after sentence review

  • Tony Keim
  • From: The Courier-Mail
  • August 12, 2011 11:47AM

THE man dubbed Australia’s worst pedophile was too high a risk of reoffending if released and should remain bars indefinitely, a court was told.

Geoffrey Robert Dobbs, 57, was in the Brisbane District Court for the second required periodic review of this sentence for molesting numerous children over more than three decades eight years ago.

Dobbs was given the never-to-be-released prison term on July 24, 2003, for abusing 62 girls aged between one and 15 over a period of 30 years.

Dobbs, a former Brisbane Boys’ Brigade leader and Sunday school teacher, pleaded guilty in 2002 to 115 sex offences.

The offences were committed from 1972, when Dobbs was 18, to 1999 when he was 45.

The charges included maintaining a sexual relationship with a child aged under 16 years and recording a visual image of a child.

Dobbs’s almost 30-year campaign of sexual abuse ended when he was arrested after taking a video camera with a jammed cassette to a repair shop where a technician noticed it contained footage of Dobbs having sex with a girl.

Prosecutor Todd Fuller today argued Dobbs’ indefinite sentence remain on the grounds he still posed a high risk of sexually abusing children if released.

The court was told a psychiatric assessment of Dobbs found the convicted pedophile could not even be trusted to be in the possession of photographs of children or have unauthorised access to the internet without the real risk of using them for self-gratification purposes.

Judge Kerry O’Brien, who originally sentenced Dobbs, agreed with the prosecution and ordered the indefinite sentence be maintained until further review, within the two-year statutory period required by law, on December 5 next year.

Dobbs sat sedately in the dock of Brisbane District Court No.18 as Judge O’Brien informed him his chances of ever being released continued to be somewhat dim.

The Courier-Mail in November revealed lawyers for Dobbs requested a delay in today’s proceedings to allow the pedophile complete a sexual offenders course.

Detectives from Queensland’s child sex investigation squad Taskforce Argos, at the time of his sentencing, said they believed Dobbs may have abused more than 300 girls.

At the last review of Dobbs’ sentence, in December 2008, Judge O’Brien ordered the sentence be continued after the Crown successfully argued that Dobbs would reoffend if released.

Prosecutor Sal Vasta told the hearing: “The primary reason this man was given an indefinite sentence is that he is a serious danger to the community of Queensland.”

 

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/notorious-pedophile-geoffrey-robert-dobbs-indefinite-jail-term-reviewed/story-e6freoof-1225961644468

Notorious pedophile Geoffrey Robert Dobbs’ indefinite jail term reviewed

  • Tony Keim
  • From: The Courier-Mail
  • November 27, 2010 12:01AM

THE man dubbed Australia’s worst pedophile fronted a Brisbane court yesterday to begin a review of his indefinite jail sentence and consider his future possible release.

Geoffrey Robert Dobbs, wearing a royal blue polo shirt, brown slacks and with tightly cropped hair, feverishly took notes in the dock of Brisbane District Court No.18 as lawyers began the annual review of the indefinite sentence imposed on him more than seven years ago.

Dobbs, 55, was given the never-to-be-released prison term, with a minimum of life behind bars, on July 24, 2003, for abusing 62 girls aged between one and 15 over a period of 30 years.

Barrister Rob East, for Dobbs, said his client was expected to complete a sexual offenders course early next month and that an “exit report”, which reviews his performance during the program, would take up to four weeks to complete.

Mr East said the report should then be passed to the psychiatrist preparing the report for the court’s review of Dobbs’ sentence.

Prosecutor Todd Fuller said it was appropriate the review of Dobbs’ sentence – as part of a legal statutory requirement – be adjourned until the psychiatric report had been prepared.

Judge Kerry O’Brien, who originally sentenced Dobbs, said the fact the matter was mentioned yesterday meant the review had commenced and complied with the requirements it commence before the December 5 deadline.

He adjourned the review to a date to be fixed, but listed the case for further mention on February 18.

Detectives from Queensland’s child sex investigation squad Taskforce Argos, at the time of his sentencing, said they believed Dobbs may have abused more than 300 girls.

At the last review of Dobbs’ sentence, in December 2008, Judge O’Brien ordered the sentence be continued after the Crown successfully argued that Dobbs would reoffend if released.

Prosecutor Sal Vasta told the hearing: “The primary reason this man was given an indefinite sentence is that he is a serious danger to the community of Queensland.”

In November 2002 Dobbs, a former Brisbane Boys Brigade leader and Sunday school teacher, pleaded guilty to 116 child sex offences, including unlawful carnal knowledge, recording indecent visual images and maintaining a sexual relationship with a child.

The offences were committed from 1972, when Dobbs was 18, to 1999, when he was 45.

Dobbs’ three decades of relentless child abuse ended after he took a video camera with a jammed cassette to a repair shop and a technician noticed it contained footage of Dobbs having sex with a girl.

 

http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,24186381-3102,00.html

Pedophile Geoffrey Dobbs seeks end to indefinite jail

Article from: The Courier-Mail

Mark Oberhardt

August 16, 2008 12:00am

A MAN who has been described as Australia’s worst pedophile, Geoffrey Robert Dobbs, wants to have his indefinite jail sentence set aside.

And he wants  to be given access to sexual offenders’ courses.

Dobbs’ lawyers made the bid in the Brisbane District Court  at the beginning of a two-yearly review of the indefinite sentence imposed on him for offences against 62 complainants five years ago.

He was not sentenced under Queensland’s Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003 but under the previous indefinite sentence regime, which was introduced in 1997.

It means Dobbs can be held indefinitely in jail until he is no longer considered a danger to the community.

If psychiatrists deem he is no longer a risk, his sentence reverts to a nominal sentence imposed by the judge, in Dobbs’ case life in jail.

Dobbs would then be able to apply for parole after 15 years – with time served on remand taken into account, that would be in September 2015.

He has argued he should be eligible for sexual offenders’ courses but authorities believe he should be doing them closer to his release date, if that ever eventuates.

Dobbs has been examined by psychiatrists for the indefinite sentence review but the Crown will dispute at least one of the reports.

In the District Court yesterday, prosecutor Sal Vasta said he would be filing a notice of dispute which would involve cross-examining the psychiatrist who compiled the report.

Judge Kerry O’Brien adjourned the hearing to December 5 to allow both sides to prepare.

In November 2002, Dobbs, then aged 48, pleaded guilty to 116 charges involving 62 complainants aged one to 15 years.

The offences were committed from 1972, when Dobbs was 18, to 1999 when he was 45. The charges included maintaining a sexual relationship with a child aged under 16 years and recording a visual image of a child.

Dobbs used many guises to mask his lust – family man, churchgoer, Sunday-school teacher, gymnastics instructor, youth worker and charity bus driver.

He was finally caught after he moved from Queensland to Melbourne in 1998.

In September 1999 he took a video camera with a jammed cassette to a repair shop where a technician noticed it contained footage of Dobbs having sex with a girl.

Dobbs was arrested and made a phone call to Brisbane while in custody in Victoria. He told the girl he was sorry for what he had done, but her mother listened in on a phone extension and told police.

 

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