Bernard Keith Hergert

Posted: November 16, 2012 by Serendipity in Queensland, Registered Sex Offender, Tasmania
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Ex-cop jailed for sex assault on four-year-old girl

October 8, 2004 – 4:53PM

A former Tasmanian policeman and soldier has been sentenced to 10 years’ jail for sexually assaulting a young girl over several years and child pornography offences.

Bernard Keith Hergert, 54, of Cooktown in north Queensland, admitted in the Cairns District Court to a series of charges including abuse and assault of the girl between July 1998 and October 2002.

As a four-year-old, the girl was forced to watch herself being filmed as Hergert stuck needles into her buttocks and molested her with a sex toy, the court heard.

Hergert had sent footage to a man in the UK and was arrested by Australian police after British authorities found the film showing a girl being sexually and physically abused.

Part of the footage was aired on Australian television in an attempt to locate the girl, who was later found safe with her mother.

Hergert was sentenced yesterday for indecent dealing with a child, maintaining a sexual relationship with a circumstance of aggravation, assault causing bodily harm whilst armed, obtaining a minor for objectionable computer games and making and selling objectionable computer games.

Judge Michael Shanahan ordered that Hergert report his current address to police for 20 years upon being released from custody.

Cooktown man jailed over child abuse videos

Posted Fri Oct 8, 2004 9:44am AEST

A Cooktown man was yesterday jailed for 10 years for making and selling videotapes of the sexual abuse of a young girl.

Bernard Keith Hergert also admitted to indecently dealing with two other children.

The 54-year-old was arrested last year after British authorities obtained the footage of the girl and local police made a public plea for help.

The District Court heard it showed Hergert sexually abusing the girl and sticking needles into her buttocks.

She was four-years-old when the abuse began.

Hergert exchanged the footage with a British man in return for sado-masochistic pornography.

Judge Michael Shanahan sentenced him to a total of 10 years jail on seven charges, declaring him a serious violent offender.

He said Hergert was a serious risk to children and ordered him to report to police for 20 years after his release.


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  1. Jan says:

    I worked in the prison with this guy. I always found it hard to believe he was and is this piece of shit.

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