Bram Kendall Henderson

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How a pedophile stalked his prey

By Liam Houlihan

October 21, 2007 12:00am

IT began with an apparently innocent “Hi” popping up on the young girl’s computer screen.

It blossomed into a whirlwind online romance between the 14-year-old girl and a person she thought was a teenage boy.

Then it descended into a hell of sexual abuse at the hands of one of the country’s most conniving predators.

The Year 8 student from a Melbourne girls’ school would pass hours in her room on school projects and messaging her friends on the MSN network.

One Friday night, when her home was abuzz with familial activity, the victim found a new Internet friend wanting to talk.

Behind the words flickering on the girl’s screen sat flabby, 34-year-old pedophile Bram Henderson.

Online, he was teen hunk  “John”, who complimented the girl on her profile photo.

During the intense conversations that followed, the pedophile used multiple characters and an emotional arsenal of flattery, trickery, threats and guilt to manipulate the girl.

What happened over the course of the next few weeks was every parent’s worst nightmare.

Using youthful abbreviations such as LOL (laugh out loud), DW (don’t worry), kewl (cool), LMAO (laugh my ass off) and *S* (smile), he won her trust within five minutes of contact.

Within 10 minutes, Henderson was asking the girl where she went to school. Within 20, he was trying to meet her.

John, the 17-year-old bad boy with a heart of gold and a handsome online photo, was just one of three identities Henderson used to entrap his victim.

The troubled but romantic teen character said he was down from Sydney and didn’t know many people, while dropping names of the girl’s online friends.

He sent her poetry he claimed to have written and told her she was the most beautiful girl he’d ever seen.

The girl was flattered by the attention from the charming, muscular teen, saying boys didn’t usually take an interest in her.

Their first chat lasted six hours. Their daily conversations ran for three months and filled more than 300 screen pages.

As hours and hours of talking passed, flirting escalated to exchanging elaborate, invented sex stories.

When the intense online relationship was only days old, the pair exchanged virtual kisses and pledged their love to each other.

Soon the pedophile had the girl’s mobile number but was careful never to part with his own contact details.

He pestered the girl more than 100 times for further photos of herself, with the requests becoming increasingly explicit.

When the girl refused or stalled, he said she had betrayed his trust. When she complied with the sick requests, he praised her and pledged undying love.

As the danger to the girl intensified, friends warned her the boyfriend she had never met could be an Internet pedophile.

But “John” managed to persuade her that his accusers were flirts that he rejected online.

A new Internet character, Larry, was introduced as John’s best friend from Sydney, and a story was concocted that eventually luredthe girl to meet Henderson.

The 14-year-old met the pedophile, posing as a fictional boyfriend’s boss several times at a number of display homes where she was taken advantage of.

Caught up in Henderson’s sick world, the young victim posted: “I don’t like my thoughts any more.”
After tip-offs from the girl’s concerned friends, police caught Henderson meeting the girl.

He is now serving a minimum of six years’ jail – with no Internet access.,21985,22457045-661,00.html

Man who stalked 14-year-old on Internet jailed

Kate Jones

September 21, 2007 01:30pm

A PEDOPHILE who stalked a 14-year-old girl on the Internet and manipulated her into a sexual relationship has been jailed for at least six years.

County Court Judge Jim Duggan described the crimes of Bram Kendall Henderson, 36, as “a parent’s worst nightmare”.

“The events of this case represent a frightening new way in which a child can be targeted, manipulated and emotionally blackmailed by a predatory paedophile,” Judge Duggan said.

“The most alarming aspect of this distressing story is that it all happened when (the victim) was at home and whilst her parents believed that she was secure and doing no more than her homework.”

Henderson, of Strathmore, posed as a 17-year-old boy in an Internet chatroom where he persued an intense relationship with the girl.

The married father-of-two manipulated the girl into believing the 17-year-old boy would lose his job if she did not have sex with his boss – also Henderson.

The girl agreed and a sexual relationship began in September 2005.

Henderson met the girl at display homes at the Springthorpe estate in McLeod, where he was working as a sales manager, and also at a park near the McLeod Netball Stadium.

He also pressured the girl into taking a photo of her genitals and giving it to him.

The sexual abuse continued until Henderson’s arrest on October 20, 2005.

Henderson pleaded not guilty and throughout his trial, he denied any sexual activity with the girl.

A jury found him guilty of six counts of sexual penetration of a child under 16, eight counts of participating in an indecent act with a child under 16 and separate counts of production of and possession of child pornography.

In sentencing Henderson to a maximum of seven years and nine months behind jail, Judge Duggan said the crimes were cruel and appalling.

He warned parents to supervise their children’s Internet activity.

“I hope this case is publicised because every parent should be aware that the Internet can be used to target and manipulate a child,” Judge Duggan said.

“I suspect many parents would not be aware of this most worrying possibility. It would simply not occur to many that this was something that they should attempt to guard against.”

He said the victim’s parents were completely unaware of the sexual abuse until police notified them of Henderson’s arrest.

“The whole experience has been hugely disruptive of their family from beginning to end,” Judge Duggan said.

The court heard Henderson had a history of depression and had attempted suicide three times. After his arrest he walked out on his wife and two children, the court was told.


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  1. Joanne Stevens says:

    This scum ruined many lives and hopefully he will rot in hell

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