Leigh Donovan Gerber

Posted: November 3, 2012 by Serendipity in Location, Photo, Registered Sex Offender, Victoria
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Man jailed for trying to lure girls

  • From: AAP
  • June 15, 2011 3:33PM

A VICTORIAN man who sent naked pictures of himself online to police – who were posing as teenage girls on the internet – has been jailed.

Leigh Gerber, 36, asked the police, who he thought were 13- and 14-year-old girls, to meet up with him after chatting with them online between September 2009 and April 2010, the Victorian County Court heard today.

During the sexually-charged conversations Gerber, who pretended to be a 25-year-old single man, sent the undercover police naked pictures of himself.

He also encouraged the fictitious teenagers to send him naked pictures of themselves, the court heard.

Gerber was arrested last April at Geelong railway station, where he believed he had arranged to meet two of the girls but was instead arrested by police.

While on bail he again chatted online with police posing as teenage girls, but was not charged, the court heard.

Judge Paul Lacava jailed Gerber for two-and-a-half years and ordered he serve six months of the sentence, with the remainder suspended for two years.

He said Gerber’s offending was “premeditated and deliberate” and took place even though he knew the age of the girls.

Judge Lacava said the internet chatting was both sexually suggestive and salacious.

Gerber, of the Geelong suburb of Leopold, pleaded guilty to three counts of using a carriage service to procure a child under 16.

He will be a registered sex offender for life.



Man sent nude pics to police posing as teens

  • From: AAP
  • April 13, 2011 7:37PM
  • Man arrested after turning up to meet “girls”
  • But online chats had really been with police
  • Says childhood teacher had left him scarred

A MAN who sent pictures of himself naked to police posing as teenage girls has suffered depression since being admonished by a teacher when he was six, a court has heard.

Leigh Gerber was arrested last year at Geelong railway station where he had arranged to meet two girls, aged 13 and 14, he had met in an internet chat room.

Gerber had conducted a series of online conversations and sent mobile phone messages to people he believed were three teenage girls between September 2009 and April 2010.

He presented himself as a single 25-year-old man from Geelong but was actually living with his wife in nearby Leopold.

During the conversations, Gerber sent the girls naked pictures of himself and told them they could do whatever sexual acts they wanted with him when they met in person.

He encouraged them to send him naked pictures of themselves and instructed them on how to masturbate.

Gerber, who was 36 when he was arrested in April last year, pleaded guilty to three charges of using a carriage service to procure a child under the age of 16.

His lawyer, Colin Mandy, told the Victorian County Court today that his client was at the lower end of offending and his actions were the result of emotional deficits rather than deviant sexual interest.

He said his client had suffered depression and severe migraines since being admonished by a school teacher when he was six and being bullied in high school.

“He has vague recollections of being quizzed to some extreme degree by a teacher after he said ‘hello’ to another girl,” Mr Mandy said.

“He was only six then, and that episode in his memory stands out.”

For the next eight years, Gerber would vomit every day on the way to school and would go home to eat his lunch, his lawyer said.

Judge Paul Lacava adjourned the matter for further plea on May 30.

Gerber’s bail was continued.



‘Grooming’ charges

April 10, 2010

A MAN arrested in a cross-border police operation appeared in a Melbourne court yesterday for allegedly using the internet to groom young girls for sex. Leigh Gerber, 35, was arrested about 4.30pm on Thursday at a Geelong railway station.

He appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court, charged with one count each of using the internet to procure a person under 16 and using the internet to groom a person under 16. He was charged following investigations by police in New South Wales and Victoria. NSW sex crimes squad members had posed as 13 and 14-year-old girls.

Gerber was allegedly ”sexually explicit” during several online communications between September 2009 and this month, police said.

Gerber, of Leopold, near Geelong, is bailed to reappear in the same court in August.


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