Eligible to be considered for release to parole on 3 September 2016.

 

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/church-leader-admits-sex-offences-20110304-1bi2d.html

Church leader admits sex offences

March 5, 2011

Georgina Robinson

A Sydney church youth group leader who serially abused 10 and 11-year-old boys went on to enjoy a successful career as a management consultant while his victims’ lives lay ruined, a court heard. Simon Antony Jacobs, 58, of North Sydney, pleaded guilty yesterday to 11 counts of indecently assaulting and raping six boys while he was a leader in the Church of England Anglican Boys Society in two churches on the north shore between 1977 and 1983. The District Court heard Jacobs had until recently enjoyed a long and successful career as a management consultant with various companies in Sydney, while the six boys he had befriended then abused fought a three-decade battle with substance abuse, severe depression, panic attacks and anxiety. Two of the victims, none of whom could be named, attempted suicide. A third victim, now 42, was a regular drug user by the age of 16. He was suicidal in his 20s and in 2009 was involuntarily admitted to hospital following a mental breakdown. ”Nothing seemed to relieve the memories or the hurt,” he said in a victim impact statement, which his mother read in court. Michael Farrar, barrister for the accused, said his client had been abused himself as a young boy and had led a ”blameless life” since committing the offences.

 

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/sexual-abuse-victims-tell-of-despair-anger-and-death-wish-20110304-1bhdi.html

Sexual abuse victims tell of despair, anger and death wish

Georgina Robinson

March 4, 2011 – 1:20PM

Four victims who were serially sexually abused as 10- and 11-year-old boys by a church youth group leader told a Sydney court today how he had ruined their lives.

One victim said he had attempted suicide at the age of 14 and had struggled all his life to contain a “simmering anger” that lay below the surface.

Another said he had attempted suicide twice and had been admitted to hospital five times with severe depression.

A third, now aged 42, whose mother read out his statement to the court, said he had struggled with the effects of the abuse for 30 years.

“I felt betrayed by a young man I trusted and by an Anglican Church I respected,” he said.

Today, in the District Court, Sydney management consultant Simon Antony Jacobs, 58, of North Sydney, pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the four as boys between 1977 and 1983 when he was an Anglican Church youth group leader in the 1980s.

Jacobs pleaded guilty in December to raping and indecently assaulting two other boys who were in his care while he was a leader in the Church of England Anglican Boys Society, or CEBS.

Those charges – one count of buggery and three counts of committing an indecent act – related to offences he committed while he supervised the boys.

Michael Farrar, barrister for the accused, said his client had led a “blameless life” since the offences were committed “some 30 odd years ago”.

Jacobs went on to enjoy a long career in management consultancy, working most recently for Forum Asia Pacific in its Sydney office.

He is expected to be sentenced later today.

 

http://www.warrenadvocate.com.au/news/national/national/general/church-youth-leader-repeatedly-raped-boy-11/2017124.aspx

Church youth group leader repeatedly raped boy, 11

GEORGINA ROBINSON

06 Dec, 2010 03:00 AM

A former Anglican Church youth group leader who repeatedly raped a boy, 11, over a two-year period told his victim the assaults were okay because they were not against God’s word.

Simon Antony Jacobs, 58, from North Sydney, has pleaded guilty to four charges against two boys while he was a leader in the Church of England Boys Society, or CEBS, at two churches on the north shore during the 1970s and 1980s.

The charges – one count of buggery and three counts of committing an indecent act – relate to offences committed while he supervised the boys, who were both 11, as a CEBS leader at Christ Church, St Ives, and St Swithuns, in Pymble.

Jacobs is also accused of molesting another two boys, both 10, during the same period.

The District Court was told on Friday that Jacobs – now a management consultant – raped one of the boys, Victim A, at least twice a month from the beginning of 1978 to the end of 1980 in the downstairs bedroom of Jacobs’s parents’ home in St Ives.

At one point Victim A challenged Jacobs, who was then 25, about what he was doing.

”In his Bible studies [the victim] had read that a man and another man should not have sex together,” the court heard. ”Jacobs told him that it was permissible as they were not making babies.”

The court was told that Jacobs went to extraordinary lengths to groom his victims, telling them they were special and even shaving Victim A’s genitals and legs when he showed signs of puberty.

Jacobs also befriended the boys’ parents, hosted sleepovers, babysat the boys and their siblings, showered them with gifts, took Victim A to the rugby league at Brookvale Oval and bought ugg boots for Victim B.

”[Victim B] and his parents grew to know, like and to trust Jacobs,” the court heard.

”Jacobs regularly told the victim that he was a special person and singled him out to do special things from time to time. He also generally paid more attention to him than to the other boys.”

Jacobs also took nude photographs of both boys, comprising ”close-ups and full body shots”, the court heard. One photographic session took place when Jacobs took Victim A bushwalking behind Acron Oval, St Ives.

Victim B was assaulted while at a CEBS beach camp in 1983. Jacobs forced the boy to share a tent with him and assaulted him.

A spokesman for the Anglican Church said Jacobs had worked as a CEBS leader at Christ Church, St Ives, ”in various roles” from 1971 to 1981. In 1982 he moved to CEBS at St Swithuns in Pymble but left in 1984.

”The record is unclear, but at some point, possibly after leaving Pymble, a note was made that he was not to be issued with a leaders warrant, which he would have required in order to move to leadership in any CEBS group in another parish,” the spokesman said.

Jacobs is due to be sentenced in the District Court on March 4.

 

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