Donna-Marie Farrell

Posted: October 30, 2012 by Serendipity in Western Australia
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Teacher’s aide jailed for child sex offences

Posted Fri Oct 14, 2011 2:31pm AEDT

A Goldfields teacher’s aide has been jailed for 30 months after being convicted on child sex charges.

Donna Marie Farrell was found guilty earlier this year of sexually assaulting a 15 year-old boy and attempting to sexually assault another boy.

Both boys attended the school where she worked.

Farrell appeared in the District Court in Perth via video link from Kalgoorlie.

In sentencing, the judge said he took into account the age difference between Farrell and the two boys, as well as her lack of remorse for the crime.

Farrell will be eligible for parole after 15 months.

Woman guilty of sex act with boys

RANIA SPOONER, Yahoo!7 August 26, 2011, 11:48 am

A Goldfields woman has been granted bail after being found guilty of sexually penetrating a teenage boy and attempting to encourage him to engage in sexual behaviour.

But Donna-Marie Farrell, 34, was acquitted of three similar allegations made by another boy concerning the same incident.

They jury deliberated for five hours before handing down its verdicts on the charges.

Ms Farrell was found not guilty of two counts of indecent dealings with a child under 16, not guilty of one count of sexual penetration or oral sex of a child under 16 and not guilty of encouraging a child under 16 to engage in sexual behaviour.

But based on “damning” Facebook evidence the jury found Ms Farrell guilty of giving oral sex to the other teenager and attempting to encourage the boy to engage in sex.

A string of teenage and young adult witnesses gave conflicting evidence during the four-day trial.

Many of the witnesses had been affected by alcohol at the time.

The two boys accused Ms Farrell of performing oral sex on them at a public park after a party on September 25, 2010 in a small Goldfields town.

The woman with her toddler son, a group of other teenagers and young adults left a house party and walked to a local park at about midnight, the court was told.

The boys claimed that shortly after the three moved away from the group to a different section of the park and Ms Farrell performed oral sex on them.

During the trial it was revealed Ms Farrell was having an affair with one of the boys’ fathers and that she had received inappropriate text messages from both boys.

The father testified that Ms Farrell had told him more than two weeks before the allegation that his son was sending her dirty text messages using his phone and asked him to “sort it out”.

In Ms Farrell’s police interview played in court she admitted being in the park with the boys but denied the sexual misconduct.

Ms Farrell’s lawyer Marilyn Loveday said her client was a victim of small-town gossip and the adolescent dreams of two teenage boys and guilty only of “sheer stupidity” for remaining in the park with the boys after others had moved on.

District Court Judge Judge Simon Stone granted Ms Farrell bail before sentencing.

The maximum jail term for penetration is 14 years, with the maximum for attempt to engage in sexual behaviour seven years.

The decision to grant bail came after Ms Loveday said her client was a sole income earning mother of four with a “useless” partner.

“She has nobody else – her father was in court for 10 minutes on Monday before he left,” she said.

“Alternative arrangements need to be made if she’s going to prison.”

Judge Stone ordered a pre-sentence report and psychological report and scheduled sentencing on October 14 in Perth.

He told Ms Farrell he still had to hear sentencing submissions before making a decision, but imprisonment was highly likely.


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