Archive for November, 2012

Valentine’s Day child rapist wins sentence reduction

By court reporter Jamelle Wells

Updated Tue Apr 16, 2013 1:19pm AEST

A New South Wales man who kidnapped and raped a six-year-old girl on Valentine’s Day three years ago has won an appeal against his jail sentence.

Adam Gilbert Jolly was jailed for up to 23 years for kidnapping the girl outside her home in Wagga Wagga, in southern New South Wales.

He pleaded guilty to charges that include detaining for advantage and aggravated sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 10.

The court heard Jolly raped the girl then dropped her back near the house, saying “you can walk from here”.

The district court judge who sentenced him described his crimes as “horrific” and “unspeakable acts” and said the girl would have experienced unimaginable fear and terror.

She said the girl had been robbed of her childhood and is too scared to go to sleep.

The judge said Jolly was 27 when he committed the offences, which could have been revenge for being rejected by a woman on a previous Valentine’s Day.

But in the New South Wales Court of Criminal Appeal today, a three-judge panel quashed the sentence, finding it excessive.

His maximum sentence has been reduced to 18 years and nine months.

Jolly will now be eligible for parole in December 2023.

Valentine’s Day child rapist appeals sentence


Oct. 19, 2012, midnight

NOTORIOUS Valentine’s Day kidnapper and child rapist Adam Gilbert Jolly has lodged an appeal against the 23-year jail sentence he was given in April, arguing it is too severe.

The Albury man, 29, was sentenced in Wagga District Court on April 2 by Judge Jennifer English for his attack on a six-year-old girl in Wagga on February 14, 2010.

He had pleaded guilty to five offences, including sexual intercourse with a child under 10, attempted sexual intercourse with a child under 10 and indecent assault.

Jolly was sentenced to 23 years in prison but, with time served since his arrest six months after the atrocities, he will be eligible for parole on May 24, 2026 — still more than 13 years away.

Jolly signalled an intention to appeal earlier this year and had until mid-October to lodge the paperwork.

A public information officer with the Supreme Court of NSW said this week the appeal was lodged on October 5.

The appeal will be heard by the Court of Criminal Appeal to be set following a callover listed for October 25.

The full grounds of the application will not be made public until the appeal is heard.

Wagga child rapist jailed until 2026

02 Apr, 2012 05:30 PM

ADAM Gilbert Jolly will be behind bars for at least 14 more years after being sentenced in Wagga District Court late this afternoon for his kidnapping of and sex attacks on a six-year-old girl on Valentine’s Day two years ago.

In passing sentence, Judge Jennifer English desribed some of Jolly’s offences as unspeakable acts that had been committed for Jolly’s sexual gratification or revenge against females for previous unsuccessful relationships.

She said the victim had been robbed of her childhood.

Judge English read from parts of a victim impact statement from the youngster’s mum, who told of seeing her daughter’s face in the back window of Jolly’s ute as he drove off with the child and thinking “My God, will I ever see her again.”

After being sentenced, Jolly, sniffing and shaking, was led down a flight of steps from the court room to the cells below as his unconsolable mother cried repeatedly “no, no, no”.

Wagga police crime manager, Detective Inspector Rod Smith thanked the community for helping solve the horrific crime and praised the work of police officers involved in the investigation, including the officer in charge, Detective Sergeant Michael Handley.

Valentine’s Day kidnapper convicted

27 Aug, 2011 10:29 AM

CHILD sex offender Adam Gilbert Jolly trembled and wept in the dock yesterday as he pleaded guilty to abducting and assaulting a little Wagga girl.

The 29-year-old, of North Albury, was arraigned in Wagga District Court on five charges and convicted after he lodged his pleas with Judge Stephen Norrish.

Jolly earlier this year admitted his guilt in Wagga Local Court and was committed for sentence in the District Court.

The sentencing was yesterday adjourned part-heard to the October sittings of Wagga District Court after Jolly’s barrister, John Weir, told Judge Norrish that a psychological report on his client would not be ready for six to eight weeks.

Jolly snatched a six-year-old girl off the street in front of her home, driving her away, sexually assaulting her and taking her back near her home on February 14 last year.

Wagga was gripped with fear after the attack, which sparked a massive police hunt that ended with Jolly’s arrest in Albury on August 25 last year.

The court heard yesterday that Jolly had been harassed while at Junee Correctional Centre over the past two weeks as he waited for his case to be heard, including prisoners urinating in his cell while he was at court.

Jolly has pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent assault of a person under 16 and single counts of sexual intercourse with a person under 10 (depriving liberty), take and detain a person with intent to obtain an advantage (sexual gratification) and attempting sexual intercourse with a person under 10.

“Do you continue your pleas of guilty to that charge?”

Judge Norrish asked Jolly after each charge was read to him.

“Yes, Your Honour,” Jolly replied each time.

Members of the young girl’s family were in the court room as Corrective Services officers led Jolly up from the cells into the dock.

Judge Norrish immediately noticed something was wrong with Jolly.

“You seem to be shaking, what is your difficulty at the moment?” the judge asked Jolly.

Jolly did not reply.

Mr Weir asked Judge Norrish if he could speak with his client for a moment.

After a brief conversation, Jolly sat down and the arraignment began.

Max Pincott for the Crown handed up to Judge Norrish the agreed facts of the case, Jolly’s criminal history and a victim’s impact statement written by the youngster’s mother.

Mr Pincott said the statement would not be read aloud in court.

He made a successful application for the case to remain in Wagga.

“The main reason is that the (victim’s) family is here,” Mr Pincott said.

Judge Norrish raised the issue of Jolly’s safety.

“I was told last time he came to court he had some problems and he came into court trembling, I don’t know what the situation is,” Judge Norrish said.

Mr Weir said Jolly was concerned that he might be kept at Junee until October.

Judge Norrish said he had no control over where Jolly would be kept, but he made a recommendation that at the first opportunity Jolly be transferred to the Metropolitan Remand and Reception Centre at Silverwater in Sydney and that all necessary steps be taken to ensure his safety and security.

Judge Norrish also told the court he had wanted to get the sentencing process under way this sittings of Wagga District Court, even without the medical report being ready, because the offence happened 18 months ago and Jolly was arrested a year ago.

“Justice delayed is justice denied for everybody,” Judge Norrish said.

He said the longer the delays in finalising the case the worse the ordeal was for the family of the victim.

“The truth is, people wish to have things to be completed sooner rather than later and they can move on with their lives,” the judge said.

North Albury man admits sex attack

07 Jul, 2011 02:42 PM

A NORTH Albury man has pleaded guilty to kidnapping and sexually assaulting a six-year-old Wagga girl on Valentine’s Day last year.

Adam Gilbert Jolly admitted to the crimes in Wagga Local Court yesterday, with details of the horrific offences being given to the magistrate Geoff Hiatt.

He was told Jolly had abducted the girl on February 14 last year and then drove her to bushland where he undressed her before the sexual assault.

Jolly then dressed the girl and took her to a nearby street and said “you can walk from here”.

He pleaded guilty to attempting sexual intercourse with a person under 10, indecent assault of a person under 16 and sexual intercourse with a person under 10 as well as two new charges.

The two fresh charges were take with intent to obtain advantage and indecent assault.

Originally Jolly was to face seven charges, but four of those were dropped yesterday before being replaced by the two fresh charges following negotiations between his lawyer John Weir and the Department of Public Prosecutions.

The court was also told yesterday Jolly had worked for Albury brothel Centrefolds at 727 Drome Street.

He drove a car belonging to the brothel as part of his duties and that vehicle had been examined by police investigating the child’s kidnapping.

Jolly’s appearance in court yesterday via videolink from the Silverwater jail in Sydney was marred by technical problems with only his voice able to be heard.

New charges could mean life in prison

17 Feb, 2011 01:00 AM

THE man accused of kidnapping a six-year-old girl on Valentine’s Day in 2010 faces life in prison if he is convicted of new charges laid last month.

Three charges of sexual intercourse with a child under 10 were laid against Adam Gilbert Jolly on January 13 and carry a maximum term of 25 years.

Jolly appeared in Wagga Local Court yesterday but due to the recent charges the case was adjourned for a second case conference where negotiation between prosecution and defence representatives are expected to take place.

A psychological assessment is also expected to be prepared before the next appearance with defence solicitors flagging a possible fitness hearing if the case is transferred to the district court.

Defence solicitor Zac Tankard informed the court that senior counsel, based in Sydney, had been briefed on the matter and was ready to proceed when the matter reached the next level.

The 28-year-old appeared via audio-visual link and was quite emotional throughout the appearance.

The new charges were laid after the young girl was re-interviewed and for the first time gave a full account of the time she was allegedly taken before being returned to her home.

The maximum penalties for the other charges including indecent assault of a person under 16 range from six to 10 years.

Bail was not applied for and Jolly will appear in person on the next occasion which caused a stir amongst family members of the victim who were present in court yesterday.

Magistrate Tony Murray adjourned the case to April 13 for a committal for either sentence or trial.

Sex, kidnap charges laid

25 Aug, 2010 04:05 PM

A MAN arrested in North Albury this morning over the abduction of a 6-year-old girl has been charged with kidnapping and sexual assault offences.

Adam Gilbert Jolly, 28, faced Albury Court this afternoon and was remanded in custody after declining to make a bail application.

He was taken into custody shortly after 8am after being arrested at a Wingara Street home.

Following an interview at Albury police station, Jolly was charged with five offences.

They include the following:

Sexual intercourse with a person under 10 in circumstances of aggravation;

Assault with intent to have sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 10 in circumstances of aggravation;

Kidnapping and inflict actual bodily harm;

Aggravated indecent assault on a person under the age of 16;

Possession of prohibited weapon.

The man is due to appear in Albury Court this afternoon.

The girl was abducted in the suburb of Mount Austin and put in the back of a dual cab utility.

Her mother chased the vehicle after hearing screams but lost sight of it.

About 80 minutes later the girl was dropped off her near her home.

A week after the abduction police said they were following up leads which could take them to other parts of NSW and interstate.


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Ian Mitchell Johnston

Posted: November 28, 2012 by Serendipity in Queensland
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145,000 images found on computer

Article from: The Courier-Mail

Jason Gregory

April 30, 2008 12:00am

A SERIAL pedophile who avoided a rehabilitation course in jail is back behind bars after being caught with a huge collection of child pornography images.

Ian Mitchell Johnston was yesterday sentenced in the Brisbane District Court to 42 months’ jail after nearly 145,000 depraved images were found on his computer.

The largest collection ever found on an individual in Queensland, it included sex acts involving children as young as two and explicit photographs he took of two Ipswich sisters, aged seven and nine.

Yesterday’s sentence follows his imprisonment for 12 months in 2001 for the attempted carnal knowledge of a 12-year-old intellectually disabled girl he was babysitting in 2004.

The 48-year-old also received the then-maximum two years for possessing more than 11,000 child pornography images.

In urging a jail term of four to five years, Crown prosecutor Vicki Loury yesterday said the “extraordinarily” large number of images held by Johnston was “more than any other person who has been sentenced so far, and the greater number by manyfold”.

The highest sentence previously imposed for possessing child-sex images in Queensland was 18 months, suspended after three months, in 2006 for a man found with 17,000 “less serious” images.

The court heard Johnston began to download the images soon after his release from jail in January 2006 and had amassed nearly 140,000 still photographs and 156 videos by the time he was arrested in September that year.

Ms Loury told the court Johnston  had been in jail for two years but he did not undertake the sexual offenders treatment program as the waiting list was too long.

Defence barrister Joe Briggs told Judge David Andrews that his client was aware he needed to address his problems and “wished to on his last occasion in prison”.

“But he was advised he wasn’t eligible to do the course because there was not sufficient time to complete it,” Mr Briggs said.

Johnston’s actions, while deplored by the community, were not near the worst of the kind and he should be jailed only for three years, he said.

Johnston, who lives with his parents, told police after his arrest that he would “rather look than touch and hurt anyone”.

Johnston pleaded guilty to charges of possessing and distributing child exploitation material and  and two counts of indecent treatment of a child for photographing the two Ipswich sisters.

Judge Andrews said although Johnston was caught red-handed with the images and the camera that was used to photograph the sisters, he had taken into account his early plea of guilty and level of co-operation with authorities in determining his sentence.

He also ordered that Johnston serve all of the three months of a suspended sentence he received in 2004 for failing to comply with reporting conditions.

Man jailed in global crackdown on child pornography

Posted 15 July 2004, 9:44 AEST

An international crackdown on child pornography on the Internet may be starting to get results.

In the Australian state of Queensland, a 45-year-old man has been jailed for downloading 11,000 child abuse images from the net, some involving sex acts between men and children as young as three. He was investigated after a tip-off from US authorities, as part of the effort to combat a crime without borders.

WALLACE: The sentencing judge described the images collected by Ian Mitchell Johnston as “sexual depravity of the worst kind”. A member of a paedophile chatroom, Johnston supplied child pornography in return for downloading material from other men. His case is just one of many going before the Queensland courts, as police use new powers to conduct covert patrols of paedophile networks online. And overnight in the UK, 500 police raided 50 homes, where people were suspected of possessing child abuse images. It’s a crime that has exploded worldwide since the advent of the Internet.

CARR: We had one guy who was sentenced to four years in jail last year who was found in possession of half a million images, one man alone.

WALLACE: John Carr advises a UK children’s advocacy group on child pornography on the net. He’s lobbied his government to crackdown on the crime, because he says there’s evidence from US investigations that many of the men who look at such images also abuse children.

CARR: In thirty-six percent of the cases, where they’re making arrests simply for possession, they’re finding that the men are also involved contemporaneously or recently have been involved in the abuse of children.

WALLACE: Queensland police say they’ve arrested men from all walks of life for possessing child pornography.

John Carr says that’s also the experience in the UK, where earlier this week a judge was found guilty of the crime.

CARR: This was a very senior judge and sadly he’s not the first judge, there’s been several, a number of other judges arrested. But we’ve got doctors; we’ve got priests, solicitors and barristers. I’m afraid the whole of human life is there.

WALLACE: The majority of the material downloaded by the jailed Queensland man is likely to have been produced in Europe.

CARR: A lot of the new images are being produced by organised crime, particularly in Russia and several other Eastern European countries.

WALLACE: Increasingly police around the world are sharing information on the men downloading such material.

CARR: I am very hopeful in the medium- to longer term that we can make a major dent on this because we are just getting smarter and cleverer and quicker at tracking these guys over the Internet.

WALLACE: John Carr says he believes the public humiliation of a court appearance is proving to be an effective deterrent.

CARR: It’s a message to everybody else out there who might be thinking of getting involved in this stuff: Don’t do it, because you’re going to get caught.

SA pedophile gets jail time increased


March 5, 2010 – 12:49PM

A man who selected one of his five abuse victims from a notorious Adelaide boys home has been jailed for another six years for a string of child sex offences.

Pedophile Barry William Johnston is already in prison for sex crimes and previously served time for similar offending in NSW.

In the South Australian District Court on Friday Judge Mark Griffin said Johnston had now pleaded guilty to abusing five young boys between 1974 and 1984.

Most were the children of work colleagues or family friends but one boy was living in the Salvation Army’s Eden Park boys home in the Adelaide Hills.

The home operated from the early 1900s until it was closed in the 1980s.

Another judge previously described the home as a disgrace and an horrific place of cruel incarceration where boys were regularly beaten and raped.

A former Salvation Army officer at the home was jailed recently after abusing four boys, including one more than 100 times.

Judge Griffin said Johnston came to an arrangement with the home to take a boy away on a camping trip.

But he said the now 62-year-old man began abusing his victim almost immediately, pulling over in his ute not long after collecting the boy.

Judge Griffin said Johnston’s offending involved a persistent pattern and he used gifts, trips and outings or the provision of his time to gain the trust of his victims and their families.

He said Johnston had been diagnosed as a pedophile with his primary sexual interest involving young boys since in his early 20s.

The man’s sexual instincts had never matured, the judge said.

Judge Griffin jailed Johnston for six years, on top of the five years he was already serving.

He extended the man’s non-parole period by three years and three months, meaning he must serve at least another six years in jail before being eligible for release.


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Sex offender on child porn charges

Ross Irby | 1st November 2010

A CONVICTED Lismore sex offender listed on the Child Protection Register has been put on a four-year good behaviour bond after pleading guilty in Lismore Local Court to five counts of possessing child pornography.

Dennis Johnson, 27, appeared for sentence before Magistrate R. Denes on Thursday after pleading guilty last month to having the images on his mobile phone, a USB stick and MP3 player police seized from his room at a Lismore hotel in February.

The offender, with previous offences for malicious damage, assault, break and enter and child protection offences, came under police notice on February 5 when he was seen by officers with his bicycle in Heritage Park near a children’s play area and skate park.

Police documents before the court state Johnson must keep away from areas where children frequent or play, including public swimming pools or within 50m of schools and their grounds, because he was on the Child Protection Register.

Johnson, who is deaf and mute, communicated with police that day using pen and paper before he was searched.

On his mobile phone were found two images police state depicted naked children under the age of 16 and aged between eight and 12.

Johnson communicated to police he downloaded the pictures in a public library from a Russian website.

His room was then searched and more images were found on the MP3 player and USB.

It was said during his previous court appearance by defence lawyer Steve Bolt that some of the 22 images found in the possession of his client were copies of the same image that had been recorded on the different devices.

Described as a difficult sentencing exercise Ms Denes took into account all matters put before her by defence and prosecution including the categories the pornographic images fell into using the European Copine scale that evaluates and determines the level of seriousness.

The images were regarded as not being in the worst categories on the scale of one to 10 (worst).

Two of the images were found to be in category eight, one in category six, and the remainder at level five, four and below.

Police officers in the Richmond Target Action Group found no evidence of Johnson having shared the images by forwarding them to anyone else.

He will be supervised by Probation Services during the four years.

Naked images of children on phone

Ross Irby | 4th September 2010

A LISMORE man registered on the Child Protection Register that bans him from frequenting places where children play or spend time, has pleaded guilty in Lismore Local Court to five counts of possessing child pornography.

Dennis Johnson, 27, was arrested by Lismore police on February 5 after officers saw him in Heritage Park with his bicycle near a children’s play area and skate park.

Police facts before the court yesterday state Johnson is deaf and mute. Officers communicated with him using pen and paper then searched him.

On his mobile phone were found two images police state depicted naked children under the age of 16 and aged between eight and 12.

One image depicted a naked adult male assaulting a naked female aged under 16.

Johnson communicated to police he downloaded the images on a library computer from a Russian internet site.

Police state in the document that because Johnson was on the Child Protection Register he should not have been in Heritage Park because it was frequented by children.

Police also examined an MP3 player and USB taken from his residence. After professional evaluation 22 images were deemed to be child pornography using the internationally recognised Copine scale.

Defence lawyer Steve Bolt said some of the images had been of the same image that had been recorded on separate devices.

Prosecutor Sgt Peter Costin-Neilsen said there was no evidence the images had been forwarded by Johnson to anyone else.

After reading police details of the charges Magistrate Robyn Denes said that because of the previous charges that caused Johnson to be placed on the register a pre-sentence report was needed because it was a difficult sentencing exercise.

Ms Denes said she wanted to know what Johnson was doing and whether there were any programs in place to assist him.

Mr Bolt said the first matter had been more serious than his client’s latest offence and it was likely he would seek a supervised good behaviour bond for Johnson.

An Auslan interpreter was used during the court hearing.

Johnson will be sentenced on October 28.

Man on child porn charges bailed

Ross Irby | 10th February 2010

A LISMORE man has been ordered not to go near children’s play areas, schools, public parks and swimming pools after being granted court bail following his charging by police over child pornography allegations.

Dennis Johnson, 27, was charged on February 5 with producing and disseminating child pornography, contravening a prohibition order (being subject to a child protection prohibition order when in an area prohibited to him).

Johnson, who is deaf, required an Auslan interpreter while making his bail application before magistrate Robyn Denes.

Through his interpreter he said he was pleading not guilty to both charges.

Police opposed bail and documents before the court stated there had been a previous breach of a prohibition order with Johnson on a bond at the time of the latest allegation.

Concern was expressed for Johnson’s welfare if he remained in custody.

Following a break in court proceedings Ms Denes said that despite police objections she would give him conditional bail.

When she asked if his special phone had been seized Johnson’s lawyer said it had.

Johnson was granted bail and ordered to report daily to Lismore police with conditions that he not approach children, did not access the internet from any computer or phone, and not go within 50m of any school or children’s play area including public swimming pools.

Ms Denes also ordered him not to buy a new phone.

His lawyer said there was a special teletext type phone he used at Lismore Base Hospital that Ms Denes also barred him from using.

“You must not access the internet with a phone,” Ms Denes emphasised.

Through his interpreter Johnson said he understood the bail conditions.

The matter was adjourned to March 22.

Child porn sting: Bulli man avoids jail


01 Apr, 2011 04:00 AM

Offences committed by a former English teacher caught up in an international investigation into child porn were at the lower end of the seriousness scale, a Wollongong magistrate said yesterday.

Christopher Michael Johnson (pictured) of Bulli was given a 12-month suspended sentence after pleading guilty to charges of using the internet to access child pornography and possessing child abuse material.

The 62-year-old was arrested in October last year after a long-running investigation into an internet paedophile ring in which he allegedly used the name Ding Dong.

His solicitor, Paul Paine, said police only found one image on his computer and it dated back to 2005.

He said the child abuse material related to letters and jottings he had written about his attraction to young boys, dated to the 1990s and were for personal use.

“There is no allegation he disseminated them,” Mr Paine said.

He said Johnson was aware his desires and fantasies went against society’s norms, but there was no suggestion he acted on them.

Mr Paine said Johnson suffered from mental health issues but was trying to address that with treatment and medication.

The court was earlier told Johnson had worked as a teacher in the United Kingdom before he moved to Australia 25 years ago.

Mr Paine said all he could say on that was that Johnson had taught English.

Magistrate Ian Guy said although the offences were at the lower end of the scale they could not be described as trivial.

He said the one image related to a boy aged between eight and 10 standing naked next to a pool.

Mr Guy said the letters described as journal entries relating to Johnson’s desires were offensive and disgusting, but there was no suggestion they were a reflection of what he had done to young people or that he had intentions to carry out his desires.

He said while Johnson had admitted to having a relationship with a 12-year-old boy in the UK in the ’70s, that had not been subject to a charge.

Mr Guy said Johnson had no record in Australia for child sex offences.

He stipulated the suspended sentence involve probation and parole supervision and attendance in the Sexual Offenders Treatment Program.

He also placed Johnson on a separate three-year good behaviour bond.


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Sentenced to six and a half years in prison.

Book clue reveals child porn

DAVID KILLICK   |   July 19, 2011 12.01am

A HOBART child pornographer was caught after Italian police noticed a Tasmanian telephone book in the background of an image they seized from a paedophile’s computer, the Supreme Court has heard.

Christopher Stephen Johns, 25, of Glenorchy, yesterday pleaded guilty to maintaining a sexual relationship with a young person, five counts of indecent assault and producing, possessing, accessing and distributing child pornography.

One of Johns’ young victims told the court how the crimes had left him fearful, angry and frustrated.

The court heard that in 2007 Johns molested a nine-year-old boy and his 11-year-old brother while they were playing at his then Claremont home.

The boys reported the incident immediately afterwards to their grandparents, who called police.

Johns said he touched the first boy indecently by accident and had only been playing with his brother.

In May this year, Italian police who had arrested a paedophile in that country contacted the Australian Federal Police after spotting a Hobart telephone book in the background of one of the images on the man’s computer.

A likeness of the boy shown was distributed by police and the victim was identified by a school principal as being one of his students, the court heard.

Police spoke to the eight-year-old boy, who identified Johns as his abuser.

The court heard Johns had indecently assaulted the boy during sleepovers last year and had taken 71 photographs of the boy which were found on the Italian man’s computer.

Johns told police he would not be able to estimate the number of times he indecently assaulted the boy.

“If I knew why I did it, I would stop,” he said.

He admitted to possessing up to 600 child-pornography images found on his computer, uploading images to the internet and using a chat service to find children to talk to.

The eight-year-old read his victim impact statement to the court.

“I am angry and frustrated that it has taken so long for him to get to court,” the boy said.

“I still don’t understand why he did those things and I hope he goes to jail also he doesn’t do it to anyone else.”

Defence lawyer Amber Mignon told the court her client had become less interested in young boys after meeting his fiancee.

She said Johns was himself the victim of sexual abuse at the hands of his stepfather.

Justice Helen Wood remanded him in custody for sentencing on August 10.

Man faces child sex charges

BLAIR RICHARDS   |   May 17, 2011 12.01am

A GLENORCHY man will stand trial over the alleged rape of a seven-year-old boy.

Christopher Stephen Johns, 25, of Glenorchy, also was charged with maintaining a sexual relationship with a young person.

Johns pleaded not guilty to the charges in the Hobart Magistrates Court yesterday.

He was remanded in custody to reappear on July 18.

July trial over alleged child rape

Updated Mon May 16, 2011 1:56pm AEST

A 25 year old Tasmanian man will stand trial in July over the alleged rape of a seven year boy.

Christopher Stephen Johns of Glenorchy is also charged with maintaining a sexual relationship with a young person under 17 years of age.

Johns this morning pleaded not guilty in the Hobart Magistrate’s Court to both charges and has been remanded in custody until he next appears on the July 18.

His arrest late on Friday night was the result of an international police investigation.


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Princess Mary relative guilty of assault

November 30, 2005 – 10:34PM

A relative by marriage of Crown Princess Mary of Denmark has was found guilty of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in her Tasmanian home.

Former St Patrick’s College teacher Brendan Geoffrey Johncock, 42, of South Launceston, was found guilty in the Launceston Supreme Court of indecent assault and aggravated sexual assault.

The jury of seven women and five men returned the verdicts about 7.30pm (AEDT), five hours after starting deliberations.

Johncock’s family, who had attended the five-day trial, broke down after the verdict was read out.

He was allowed to hug his children and wife briefly before being led away by court security.

The trial heard evidence from the victim, her friends and family and staff of St Patrick’s College.

Crown prosecutor Michael Stoddart said Johncock groomed the girl for a sexual relationship that began when she was 16 and ended when she was 17.

Johncock was interviewed last Christmas Eve after the girl complained to police.

He admitted he had a sexual relationship with her but maintained it was consensual.

The jury was told that on September 11, 2001, Johncock went to the complainant’s house on her invitation.

He said she kissed him and he kissed her back then he put a hand down her pants but left soon after.

However, the jury accepted the teenager’s evidence that he also tried to force her to perform oral sex and committed an aggravated sexual assault.

But the jury decided the pair had consensual sex when Johncock went to the girl’s house in March 2002.

The contact continued after the girl’s friends told the school about the relationship and an inquiry was held.

At the school inquiry, the pair denied having sexual contact but continued their relationship with secret meetings.

The trysts occurred at Johncock’s home, his shack, his mother’s home and a car park.

Johncock was remanded in custody until 4pm Thursday when Justice Ewan Crawford is to hear sentencing submissions from the prosecution and defence.

Johncock is married to a cousin of the Australian-born princess and attended the royal wedding last year.

Johncock confronted by mother, court told


Nov. 28, 2005, 2 p.m.

Brendan Geoffrey Johncock, 42, of Leslie St, South Launceston, has admitted that he had a sexual relationship with the girl but maintains it was consensual.

The woman yesterday told the Launceston Supreme Court how she drove her daughter’s car to a meeting with Brendan Johncock to deliberately intimidate him.

“I parked the car and said I know what’s been going on,” the woman recalled.

“She told me you sexually assaulted her.

“He said, `I admit it went too far and it went over the line’,” the mother said.

Johncock has pleaded guilty to one count of indecent assault but not guilty to rape, aggravated assault, four counts of indecent assault and two counts of aggravated sexual assault.

The incidents allegedly occurred between September 2001 and March 2002 and a sexual relationship continued for some time after.

The woman said her daughter finally told her about the alleged abuse towards the end of 2003 while they were watching a show about paedophiles.

“I said if it’s the last thing I do before I die, I’m going to find out what happened to you at that school,” she said.

“She (the daughter) burst into tears and said she had been sexually assaulted by Mr Johncock.”

The woman rang Johncock at school and left him a message.

“I just wanted him to know I knew,” she told the court.

In January 2004, the woman arranged to meet Johncock at a Launceston car park where several sexual encounters had occurred.

She drove her daughter’s car to the meeting and told him he should resign.

“He was continually saying `I’m sorry, it should never have happened’,” the woman told the court.

Johncock provided the woman with a letter of resignation on the last day of term two that year.

The letter read: “I am writing to you to inform you of my intention to resign. I have not acted in a professional manner at all times and take full responsibility for the events that took place between myself and a student.

“It’s best for all concerned that I take this action – B. Johncock.”

The woman denied questions from defence lawyer Simon Brown that she had pressured her daughter into making the allegations to police.

The student’s friends also gave evidence yesterday as did St Patrick’s College deputy principal Donna McWilliam and the school counsellor.

The three friends told the court that they learned about the alleged incidents at a birthday party in March 2002.

“She told me he had gone up to her house, put his hands in her pants … and forced himself upon her,” one friend said.

“I remember being upset. I thought school was a safety zone and you’re in the care of the teachers.”

The trio rang Johncock at his home late that night and called him a paedophile and told him to stay away from their friend. The next day one of the complainant’s friends visited her at home.

“I said `I know what’s been going on between you and Mr Johncock’,” she said.

“She started crying and said `I wanted to tell you but I thought you’d tell the police or my mum’.”

One of the group then told Mrs McWilliam about the alleged sexual abuse.

A meeting was held on March 14, when both Johncock and the girl separately denied any sexual relationship.

Mrs McWilliam said the girl became flustered and said she was friends with Johncock and saw him a lot but there was nothing inappropriate.

The trial continues today at 10am.

Teacher given bail on 16 rape counts

Dec. 27, 2004, 2 p.m.

Brendan Geoffrey Johncock, 41, of Leslie St, South Launceston, appeared in the Launceston Magistrates Court yesterday.

He has been charged with 16 counts of rape, three counts of aggravated sexual assault, one count of stalking and one count of indecent assault.

Defence counsel Simon Brown entered not guilty pleas to all the charges on Mr Johncock’s behalf.

The charges involved a former student while Mr Johncock was a teacher at St Patrick’s College.

The offences allegedly began in 1998 and continued on and off school property until 2004.

Mr Johncock was arrested and charged on Christmas Eve. He was initially denied bail in a court appearance on Friday.

Mr Johncock appeared in court yesterday wearing a blue polo shirt, green trousers and sandals, with his hands cuffed behind his back.

The rear of the court was filled with his family and friends.

Prosecutor Sgt Pat Groves said police did not oppose bail and asked for a six-week adjournment so that the case could be handed to the Crown. Chief magistrate Arnold Shott bailed Mr Johncock to reappear for mention on February 15.


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