Archive for February, 2013


 

http://www.news.com.au/national-news/south-australia/no-jail-for-dialing-up-porn-in-telstra-shop/story-fndo4dzn-1226587698952

No jail for dialing-up child pornography on demo phones in Telstra shop

  • Court Reporter Andrew Dowdell
  • adelaidenow
  • February 28, 2013 2:18PM

A MAN who used demonstration phones in a South Australian Telstra store to download child pornography – twice – has avoided an immediate prison term.

District Court judge David Lovell said staff at the Noarlunga store had noticed Michael John Stam acting suspiciously while looking at sample phones in December 2011

“You were in the store for approximately 30 minutes and during this time you were observed by shop staff to be acting suspiciously while looking at demonstration phones,” Judge Lovell said.

“It was obvious to the staff that you did not want any attention because you would turn away from them when they approached you. You also were observed to be attempting to hide the phone with your hand.”

When Stam left the shop, staff checked the phones and discovered he had entered Google searches such as “nude naked boys”.

“They further discovered that you downloaded images of young children particularly an image of a young boy splashing in water and an image of a young female posing in a provocative manner,” Judge Lovell said.

Stam, 38, returned to the store in February 2011 and was recognised by staff, who called police.

Police observed Stam accessing a black and white image of two young boys and arrested him.

A search of Stam’s home revealed another 18 images on mobile phones of nude children under the age of 14.

The offences breached an earlier good behaviour bond for offences involving abusive and sexual phone messages to his former employer and wife.

Judge Lovell said Stam had been diagnosed with listening and learning disabilities in school, where he was often bullied and teased.

He said Stam was on a disability support pension and have never been involved in a relationship.

“Although you admit what you did was inappropriate, you fail to understand why and this is of concern to the court,” Judge Lovell said.

“I have been told and accept that you are a vulnerable individual in the community and would even be more vulnerable in the prison environment. You would not cope well with the prison environment due to your lack of understanding of social behaviour.”

Judge Lovell sentenced Stam to six months’ prison but suspended the sentence on conditions including he undergo counselling and be of good behaviour for 12 months.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-02-12/porn-offender-lacked-awareness-court-told/4514544?section=sa

Porn offender lacked awareness, court told

By court reporter Candice Marcus

Posted Tue Feb 12, 2013 2:24pm AEDT

A court has been told a man lacked awareness why it was wrong to download child pornography and do so in a retail store.

In the Adelaide District Court, Michael John Stam, 38, of Christies Beach pleaded guilty to offences, including aggravated counts of accessing and possessing child pornography.

Prosecutors said Stam used a mobile phone in a Telstra shop to download the pornography, two years ago.

Judge David Lovell expressed concern psychological assessments indicated Stam lacked insight into his offending.

He feared the man might pose a community risk.

“I don’t think it’s a case where a short custodial sentence will teach him a lesson, so to speak, that’s the difficulty,” the judge said.

“The comforting thing for me and perhaps for the DPP is that, whilst he has been under supervision [on bail], there have been no allegations of further problems.”

Prosecutor Dominic Petraccaro agreed.

“Yes, it’s been two years and there has been no suggestion of him even attempting to access this sort of material again,” he said.

“In terms of accessing child pornography in the Telstra shop using their phone, he was always going to get caught.”

Stam’s lawyer Oliver Koehn said his client could be at risk in prison.

“He is a quite intellectually-disabled person who can mutter the right responses but when it comes down to it, doesn’t understand,” he told the court.

“He is going to be a very vulnerable person in the prison environment and will be exposed to bullying and harassment to a degree that other prisoners wouldn’t.

“This man is not completely unaware that what he did was wrong. What he is unaware of is why it is wrong.”

The prosecution said any bond would require Stam was supervised to ensure he was rehabilitated.

He will be sentenced in a fortnight.

 

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Maxwell John Parker

Posted: February 24, 2013 by Serendipity in Queensland
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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2005-01-21/jail-term-unchanged-for-predatory-scout-master/622840

Jail term unchanged for predatory Scout master

Posted Fri Jan 21, 2005 3:18pm AEDT

A former Scout master described as one of Queensland’s worst convicted pedophiles has been sentenced in the District Court in Brisbane after pleading guilty to more offences.

But 62-year-old Maxwell John Parker will not serve any more jail time than his current 17-year term.

Parker was sentenced in 2000 after pleading guilty to 236 offences against 10 children committed over nearly 25 years.

Today he was back before the court on more than 30 charges committed against three boys as young as five while he was a scout master at Oxley.

Judge Michael Shanahan told Parker he had clearly acted in a predatory way and sentenced him to eight years’ jail, but ordered the term be served concurrently with the original sentence.

Parker will be eligible for parole in 2013.

 

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http://www.goldcoast.com.au/article/2013/02/22/447649_crime-and-court-news.html

Coast man jailed over child porn

Matthew Killoran   |  09:14am February 22, 2013

A PHOTOGRAPHER hired to take pictures of Nippers at a Gold Coast lifesaving club and who was jailed this week on child pornography charges had been through a screening process and held a Blue Card.

Child protection advocates yesterday warned that nothing could be done to prevent perverts from becoming involved in sporting organisations but said banning photography at youth events would be going too far.

David Ross Phillips, of Mudgeeraba, was sentenced this week to four-and–a-half years in jail but will be released after 18 months on a suspended sentence.

He pleaded guilty to four charges of possessing child pornography and exploitation material and two fraud charges unrelated to the lifesaving club.

A Surf Life Saving Queensland spokeswoman said Phillips had been immediately restricted from club events involving children in August 2009, when the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian notified them his Blue Card had been suspended.

“David Phillips worked at North Burleigh Surf Life Saving Club as the club photographer for three weeks from August 2009 to when his appointment was withdrawn in September 2009,” she said.

“During that three-week period there were no Nipper activities or events at the club.”

A Blue Card is a Queensland Government screening system used to determine if someone is eligible to work with children, based on their criminal history.

The spokeswoman said the organisation’s policy on photography and members’ dealings with Nippers was constantly reviewed and kept in line with state legislation.

“Unfortunately, no system is fail-safe when it comes to child predators, but SLSQ clubs, branches and state office can ensure that all steps have been taken according to legislation and risk management strategies that we have in place to protect members,” she said.

It is SLSQ policy that anyone who works with children must go through a screening process and have a Blue Card.

It also requires permission, where possible, from a child’s parents before taking a photo or publishing it.

Bravehearts founder Hetty Johnston said banning photography at youth sporting events would be going too far.

“When it comes to parents taking photos of their kids playing sport, it’s an over-reaction,” she said.

Brett Linton Pettersen

Posted: February 24, 2013 by Serendipity in Photo, Victoria
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Pettersen – Brett Linton - Photo

 

http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/1318481/jail-term-for-most-graphic-child-porn/?cs=12

Jail term for ‘most graphic’ child porn

By JOSH FAGAN

Feb. 22, 2013, 1 a.m.

A WHITE Hills man has been jailed for 18 months for downloading a collection of child pornography that detectives described as the worst and most graphic they had ever seen.

Brett Linton Pettersen, 28, pleaded guilty to possessing a collection of more than 1100 videos and images of child pornography, the majority of which depicted children under 10 years old.

He was sentenced to 18 months in prison with a nine-month non-parole period for one charge of possessing and one charge of producing child pornography.

The production charge related to Pettersen copying nude pictures of a 14-year-old Bendigo girl and her school friends that he stole from a computer he was fixing while working as an IT technician in 2007.

Pettersen was repairing the computer when he found and copied a folder full of explicit pictures the computer owner’s daughter had taken of herself and friends in various states of undress.

Detectives later uncovered the files on Pettersen’s computer in a raid on his parents’ White Hills home, where he lives.

Members of the Victorian sexual crimes squad said the collection of 1171 movies and images were the most graphic they’d seen, with some films showing children as young as a few months old.

Pettersen said he had been downloading the collection of child pornography for a number of years and that he looked at the images and movies every week.

Defence lawyer Martine  March said her client had been on a “slippery slope”, looking at material online that was increasingly graphic and intended to shock.The Bendigo County Court was told that despite breaching the trust of his employer by copying the pictures of the 14-year-old girl from a client’s computer, Pettersen had continued to be employed at Forrest Computing in Epsom.

In her sentencing Judge Wendy Wilmoth said the offending deserved a penalty that reflected the seriousness of the crime.

Ms Wilmoth said she was able to apply some leniency because of Pettersen’s lack of criminal history and her belief that he had no “paedophilic tendencies”.

 

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Damien Christopher Park

Posted: February 24, 2013 by Serendipity in Queensland
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Age:  33 (2013)

Location: Mackay – Qld

Offence: Attempting to procure a child under 16 for a sex act & distributing and possessing child exploitation material.

Sentence: 3 months in jail.

Other: Thought he was talking with a 14 year old girl who was actually a police officer. Pleaded guilty  in the Mackay District Court.

 

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http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/1313296/shocking-porn-find-by-girlfriend/?cs=11

Shocking porn find by girlfriend

Feb. 20, 2013, midnight

LACHLAN James Chapman’s girlfriend decided to use his computer while he went to the supermarket for some groceries.

But the shopping trip ended up killing their relationship after she found a pornographic video of children on a downloaded media file.

The video contained footage of a boy and girl, both aged about 11, being directed by someone off-camera to carry out indecent acts.

Her alarm at what she found on the computer on June 2 last year did not end there.

Chapman also had some folders — hidden within other folders — containing several pornographic child images. Some of the photographs were of children as young as three.

The woman confronted 23-year-old Chapman when he returned.

“Now that someone knows I can stop,” he reasoned.

His now ex-partner ordered him out of her home.

So he decided to move to Wodonga to live with his father, who supported him in Wodonga Court yesterday.

The woman told Albury police about her discovery and they, in turn, told Wodonga police.

A police forensic search of his computer revealed that Chapman had managed to delete some but not all of the offending files.

Chapman told police he had been downloading pornography — some of it adult, but mainly images of children aged between six and 16 — “for a number of years”.

Yesterday he pleaded guilty to one charge of possessing child pornography.

Magistrate Stella Stuthridge said she had hoped to both jail Chapman and place him on a community corrections order but, in the end, could only impose the latter.

It was “a shame”, she said, that she no longer had the power to put Chapman behind bars.

Ms Stuthridge said it was fairly clear to most people that the children who were abused would have to suffer the consequences.

Defence solicitor Mario Vaccaro said a report on Chapman had revealed he was not a paedophile.

Ms Stuthridge placed Chapman on a two-year community corrections order.

Chapman will be a registered sex offender for eight years.

 

 

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UPDATE:  DECEMBER 2015

https://au.news.yahoo.com/vic/a/30339431/jail-for-former-vic-catholic-brother/

A former Catholic brother who smiled after abusing boys at a Victorian college more than 30 years ago has been jailed.

Edward Mamo, 71, was working as a groundskeeper, bus driver and sports coach when he abused 14 teenagers in the laundry room of Monivae College at Hamilton in the 1970s and 1980s.

He used a strap or cane to whip some over their bare buttocks and grabbed the genitals of others.

Mamo will spend 12 months behind bars after being handed a jail sentence of 34 months, suspended for 22 months, in the County Court of Victoria on Friday.

The court heard Mamo would punish boys for smoking cigarettes, even though he wasn’t authorised to carry out corporal punishment.

He told them he would refer them to the college’s director if they didn’t accept punishment from him.

Mamo was seen to smile after assaulting some victims at the college, which was operated by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, the court heard.

He bizarrely attempted to console one victim as he struck him, and then rubbed the welts he left on the boy, Judge John Smallwood said.

Mamo used the calculated physical assaults for his own sexual gratification, the court heard.

“What has occurred here is a gross breach of trust,” Judge Smallwood said.

The victims, aged about 13 to 15 at the time, felt betrayed by the college.

Many had lost their faith, and battled psychological and social trauma after Mamo’s abuse.

“It seems extraordinary you could have continued to offend in this way, over years, without anyone doing anything about it,” Judge Smallwood said.

Mamo had pleaded guilty to 21 counts of indecent assault.

He was in 2013 jailed for very similar offending at the same college, having pleaded guilty to seven counts of indecent assault on seven schoolboys over a four-year period also in the 1970s.

Mamo will serve out his prison time in protection and will be on the sex offender register for life.

The maximum penalty at the time of the offending was five years in jail.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-02-20/boys-sexually-assaulted-under-guise-of-corporal-punishment/4529880?section=nsw

Boys assaulted under guise of corporal punishment

By court reporter Sarah Farnsworth

Updated Wed Feb 20, 2013 2:38pm AEDT

A Melbourne court has heard a former Catholic brother abused boarding school students under the guise of discipline.

Edward Mamo, 68, who now lives in Sydney, has pleaded guilty to seven counts of indecent assault against students at the Monivae College in Hamilton, Western Victoria, between 1976 and 1980.

He worked at the college as a member of the support staff.

The Victorian County Court heard Mamo took many of his victims into a basement laundry, would make them strip from the waist down and hit them with a leather strap.

Mamo’s lawyer said while his plea of guilty was offered as an apology to his victims, Mamo also maintained he was punishing the boys for being naughty.

Judge Julian Leckie said it was clear the punishment was intended to be sexual, and that Mamo was indulging in “some perverted sexual desire”.

Prosecutor Keiran Gilligan told the court Mamo should be jailed for between three and four-and-a-half years.

He accepted Mamo wanted to apologise for the hurt had caused, but argued he had also pleaded guilty to save the Catholic Church from the adverse publicity of a trial.

Mr Gilligan said Mamo’s actions were sinister and involved the physical coercion and exploitation of “soft targets”.

Judge Leckie said a 12-month jail term was the mean sentence range for abuse in the 1980s.

But he added most sexual abuse cases never made it to court.

“There was a cloak of [victims] not being believed, so not much happened,” the judge said.

“We now see what did take place and are dealing with all that.”

Mamo’s lawyer submitted he should receive a suspended sentence due to his age, low risk of reoffending, and the contribution he has made to society.

 

http://www.standard.net.au/story/1194519/judge-delays-paedophiles-sentence-at-county-court-hearing-in-warrnambool/?cs=72

Judge delays paedophile’s sentence at County Court hearing in Warrnambool

By CLARE QUIRK

Dec. 19, 2012, 4 a.m.

THE fate of former religious brother Edward Mamo will be decided in the new year.

Judge Julian Leckie adjourned yesterday’s plea hearing in Warrnambool until February.

Mamo, 68, pleaded guilty in the County Court on Monday to seven charges of unlawful and indecent assault of a child under the age of 16.

On Monday the victims, who were boys at the time the offences occurred, told the court of being taken into a dark basement at Hamilton’s Monivae College and being indecently assaulted by Mamo from 1976 to 1980.

Judge Leckie said he had memories of sentencing practices from when the offending occurred and since then sentencing practices had changed significantly.

He said in the 1980s the indecent assault of a boy under 16 by a person in a position of trust would be dealt with differently.

Mamo was aged between 31 and 35 when the incidents took place and was a brother of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Australia, which operated Monivae College. He undertook laundry duties, ground works, was bus driver and coached hockey at the college.

On Monday the court heard of one incident when Mamo had ordered a victim, who was 11 at the time, to the laundry room for punishment and was instructed to drop his shorts and underpants and to bend over an old tea chest in the middle of the room. As the boy did so Mamo produced a thick leather strap and hit him 10 to 12 times.

Prosecutor Justin Lewis said on another occasion Mamo was strapping the same victim over the tea chest when the boy turned to see Mamo had one of his hands down the front of his pants. Mamo saw the boy looking and yelled at him to face the front.

In victim impact statements read to the court, the men told of fear, humiliation and disbelief that someone wanted to do this to them. One said he had lost trust in all human beings.

Defence counsel Peta Murphy said Mamo offered his plea of guilty to the victims as an apology for the hurt they had experienced.

The plea hearing was adjourned until February 20 in the Country Court,  Melbourne.

 

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/abuser-offers-guilty-plea-as-apology-20121217-2bjei.html

Abuser offers guilty plea as apology

December 18, 2012

Clare Quirk

VICTIMS of paedophile and former religious brother Edward Mamo wept in a Warrnambool court yesterday as they recalled the horror of his crimes.

The men, who were boys when the offences occurred, told of being taken into a dark basement at Monivae College in Hamilton and being indecently assaulted by Mamo, now 68, from 1976 to 1980.

Mamo, now of Sydney, pleaded guilty in the County Court to seven charges of unlawful and indecent assault of a child under the age of 16 on Monday. He sat emotionless throughout the plea hearing.

Mamo was aged between 31 and 35 when the incidents took place and was a brother of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Australia.

At the time, Mamo undertook laundry duties, ground works, was bus driver and coached hockey at the college.

The court heard of one incident when Mamo had ordered one victim, who was 11 at the time, to the laundry room for punishment and instructed him to drop his shorts and underpants and to bend over an old tea chest in the middle of the room. As the boy did so Mamo produced a thick leather strap and hit the boy 10 to 12 times.

Prosecutor Justin Lewis said on another occasion Mamo was strapping the same victim over the tea chest and the boy turned to see Mamo had one of his hands down the front of his pants. Mamo saw the boy looking and yelled at him to face the front.

In victim impact statements read to the court the men told of their state of fear, humiliation and disbelief that someone wanted to perform these acts with them.

One man said he had lost trust in all human beings and Mamo’s behaviour cost him his belief in the Catholic God.

Defence counsel Peta Murphy said Mamo offered his plea of guilty to the victims as an apology for the hurt they had experienced and the harm that had occurred.

Judge Julian Leckie said he expected to sentence Mamo later this week.

 

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