Simon Humble in 2005

 

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/breaking-news/risotto-king-simon-humble-jailed-for-five-years-for-underage-sex-crimes/story-e6frea73-1226276911249?fb_ref=rec-bot&fb_source=home_multiline

‘Risotto king’ Simon Humble jailed for five years for underage sex crimes

  • by: By Norrie Ross
  • From: Herald Sun
  • February 21, 2012 10:45AM

A JUDGE described a top chef who preyed on vulnerable underage girls as “disgraceful and shameful” as she jailed him today for five years.

Judge Felicity Hampel said Simon Humble, 50, not only paid girls as young as 14 for sex but he also used them to try and procure other underage girls by offering inducements such as paying their mobile phone bills.

Judge Hampel said one of the girls was a ward of the state, a heroin addict with an abusive boyfriend and she believed she may have been as young as 13 or 14 when she first had sex for money with Humble.

Humble, who was once dubbed “the risotto king” worked in high-class Melbourne restaurants such as Caffe e Cucina and Il Bacaro, and was once a co-owner of Tutto Bene in Southbank.

In her County Court sentence Judge Hampel said there was a significant power imbalance between Humble and the girls and he chose them as victims because he knew they were vulnerable and unlikely to make a complaint about his behaviour.

“You exploited their vulnerability for your sexual gratification,” the judge said.

“You were treating them as no more than objects for your sexual gratification.”

Humble, of Rosanna, was found guilty by a jury of three counts each of sexually penetrating two girls aged under 16 and he pleaded guilty to three counts of making child pornography and using a carriage service to access child pornography.

Judge Hampel said a psychiatrist told the court that Humble had a sexual preference for sexually mature girls who were underage but he was also able to maintain a normal sexual relationship.

She said that Humble trawled the streets of St Kilda looking for girls and when he found a victim he would then persuade her to recruit other girls.

The judge said she did not accept the offences were less serious because there was no violence or abuse of trust and she said Humble tried to rationalise his behaviour by blaming his victims.

She set a maximum term of seven years and said Humble’s name would be placed on the sex offenders’ register.

 

http://www.smh.com.au/victoria/risotto-king-had-sex-with-underage-girls-20120214-1t3q9.html

‘Risotto king’ had sex with underage girls

February 14, 2012 – 4:37PM

A Melbourne chef, once known as the risotto king, sexually exploited vulnerable underage girls using his age, power and money, a court has heard.

Victorian County Court Judge Felicity Hampel said the power imbalance between Simon Humble, 50, and his two victims, aged 13 and 14, was an aggravating feature of his crimes.

Judge Hampel made the comments during a pre-sentence hearing for Humble, who paid the victims for sexual acts between January 2008 and August 2010.

She said the victims were particularly vulnerable, including one who was in state care, and for this reason the offending was even more serious.

Humble had also tried to procure other vulnerable teens for sex through his victims, she said.

Her comments were in response to defence lawyer Sean Cash, who had argued there was a lack of aggravating factors in Humble’s crimes because there was no evidence of violence, pain, humiliation or embarrassment.

He also said there was no grooming or unprotected sex involved.

Mr Cash told the hearing Humble worked at several well-known Melbourne restaurants including Il Bacaro, Caffe e Cucina and Scusa Mi before opening Southbank’s Tutto Bene in 2004.

In their victim impact statements read to the court, the teenagers said they had almost no support from their families and friends following the incidents.

One victim said when she tried to talk to her boyfriend about what had happened he called her a slut.

The second victim said she felt completely lost, destroyed and stupid.

“I had no interest in living. My spirit was crushed,” the victim said in her statement.

Mr Cash said his client maintained that at the time he believed the victims were aged 16 or over, but now accepted that was not the case.

Psychiatrist Danny Sullivan told the court that Humble suffered from hebephilia, not paedophilia, which means he is attracted to young adolescents.

He said Humble would find prison difficult because of publicity surrounding the case.

Humble’s de facto wife told the court she supported him “200 per cent”.

She said Humble had earned recognition for his culinary skills, including the moniker of the risotto king.

Prosecutor Francesca Holmes said Humble knew the victims were vulnerable because they needed money and she said his remorse was sparse, if non-existent.

Humble, of Rosanna, was found guilty of six charges of sexual penetration of a child under 16. He pleaded guilty to three counts of making child pornography and one charge of accessing child pornography.

He will be sentenced by Judge Hampel on February 20.

 

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/porridge-for-risotto-monster-simon-humble/story-fn7x8me2-1226200172586

Porridge for risotto monster Simon Humble

  • by: James Campbell
  • From: Sunday Herald Sun
  • November 20, 2011 12:00AM

THE man once dubbed the risotto king of Australia is in custody after being convicted of a string of sex offences against girls as young as 14.

On Thursday, Simon Humble, 50, of Rosanna, sat with his head in his hands after a jury pronounced him guilty of six counts of sexual penetration of a minor.

The court heard Humble, who was formerly the owner of Southbank Italian restaurant Tutto Bene, paid two 14-year-old girls – one of whom was in the care of the Department of Human Services – to have sex with him.

He had also pressured them to procure other under-age girls to have sex with him and to send pornographic photographs of themselves to his mobile phone.

Humble had earlier pleaded guilty to three counts of making child pornography and using a carriage service to access child pornography, but his defence to eight other charges was that he had paid the girls for sex believing they were over 16.

In two cases he managed to convince enough of the jury of five women and seven men for him to be acquitted by majority verdict. But the jury convicted him unanimously on six other charges of under-age sex.

Humble’s crimes were uncovered after one of his victims confessed to counsellors at a youth camp that she had been assaulted by a man two days earlier.

She later provided police with a mobile phone number and a description of a sports car she said belonged to the man later identified as Humble.

When police examined Humble’s phone records, they found he had been calling young girls from all over Melbourne.

They then applied for a warrant to tap his phone and over several weeks recorded him speaking to several girls and pressuring them to find girls to have sex with him.

Humble was arrested in early December last year and charged with 11 counts of sexual penetration of a minor, three counts of making child pornography, one count of possessing child pornography, two counts of committing indecent acts in the presence of a minor and two counts of committing an indecent act on a minor.

The offences took place over six years at St Kilda, Sydenham, South Yarra, Rosanna, Montmorency and Eltham, mostly in his car.

Humble was originally charged with crimes against four girls – two of whom were 14-year-olds in DHS care – but one of the victims later failed to appear at his committal hearing and prosecutors dropped the charges relating to another.

He was dubbed the risotto king of Australia in 1999 by TV chef Antonio Carluccio and has had a long career in Melbourne restaurants.

Humble – who has an earlier conviction for soliciting prostitution – was remanded by Justice Felicity Hampel to be sentenced next year.

 

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/ipad/risotto-chef-on-child-sex-charges/story-fn6bqvxz-1226056032035

Risotto chef on child-sex charges

  • James Campbell
  • From: Sunday Herald Sun
  • May 15, 2011 12:00AM

THE man dubbed the risotto king of Australia has been charged with a string of child sex crimes.

At a committal hearing on Tuesday, chef Simon Humble, 49, pleaded not guilty to 20 charges of sex crimes against girls as young as 14.

Police and prosecution sources confirmed the co-owner of Italian restaurant Tutto Bene faces one count of rape, 11 counts of sexual penetration of a minor, three counts of making child pornography, one count of possessing child pornography, two counts of committing indecent acts in the presence of a minor and two counts of committing an indecent act on a minor.

The offences are alleged to have taken place between 2004 and 2010 at St Kilda, Sydenham, South Yarra, Rosanna, Montmorency and Eltham and were allegedly committed against four girls, two of whom were 14 year olds in the care of the Department of Human Services.

Police telephone intercepts are alleged to have caught Mr Humble arranging liaisons with a large number of young females.

Mr Humble began his career at the famous French restaurant Maxim’s before moving to the Italian eateries Cafe e Cucina, Il Bacaro and Scusami.

In 1999 he won the Silver Medal at the World International Risotto competition in Italy and leading television chef Antonio Carluccio dubbed him the risotto king of Australia.

In 1998 he cooked for Italy’s President during his visit to Australia.

Mr Humble was charged by Sunshine police late last year and appeared in court two days before Christmas where he was given bail.

The committal hearing of his charges began on Tuesday before magistrate Michelle Ehrlich, who on Wednesday adjourned the matter until August.

Reached at home in Rosanna yesterday, Mr Humble said he had no comment.

 

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