NSW police officer jailed for teen sex abuse

February 1, 2013 – 5:49PM

Stephanie Gardiner

A former NSW police officer and church youth group leader convicted of child sex charges, who told one of his victims ‘‘now we are one’’, has been sentenced to at least seven and a half years’ jail.

Wayne Paul Mason, 42, was a ‘‘serial seducer of underage females’’, using his position of influence as a youth group leader and jujitsu teacher at a Baptist church in Sydney’s south-west between 1996 and 2005, NSW District Court Judge David Frearson said.

A jury found Mason, who was an officer with the NSW Police between 1997 and 2003, guilty of 44 child sex, pornography and pervert the course of justice charges.

Mason also pleaded guilty to charges of disseminating child pornography.

Some of the pornography offences involved Mason doctoring a photograph of a 10-year-old girl by putting her head on graphic images and posting them online.

‘‘When you look at the image, and I hesitate to do so, what you feel is absolute disgust that somebody could post such an image,’’ Judge Frearson said.

‘‘The photograph speaks for itself and to describe it as disgusting is understating it.’’

Another victim found photographs of herself online, taken when she was a teenager, which Mason claimed were artistic.

‘‘His obsession is not art. He seems to be obsessed with disseminating sexual images … which is very depraved conduct in my opinion,’’ Judge Frearson said.

The court heard Mason targeted four teenagers, luring them in with attention, gifts and love letters before they agreed to various sex acts with him, including being photographed.

However, because the girls were under 16 at the time they could not give consent.

In 2001 Mason drove one girl he met through the youth group to a vacant block, forced her to have sex, and told her ‘‘now we are one’’, the court heard.

The girl had previously told Mason her religious beliefs meant she was going to wait until marriage to have sex, and he knew she did not consent, Judge Frearson said.

Mason kissed another girl while they were standing in the hallway of the church hall in 2000.

‘‘(He said) ‘I don’t know where you learnt to kiss like that’. This is a grown man kissing a 14-year-old.’’

Judge Frearson said Mason’s ‘‘charismatic’’ nature helped him win the trust of the girls and their parents.

‘‘He used his position to engage in … sexual exploitation for his own gratification.’’

Several personal references spoke of Mason’s good character and his ‘‘mistakes’’, but Judge Frearson said many of those views were naive.

‘‘I accept that he has commendable qualities [but] he used a lot of those to impress the young girls,’’ he said.

The judge said Mason had shown no remorse and taken no responsibility for his ‘‘blatant and depraved conduct’’.

Mason was sentenced to a maximum of ten years and 11 months in jail, with the non-parole period expiring in December 2019.

Sex abuse victim thought she and former policeman were like Romeo and Juliet

December 13, 2012 – 5:01PM

A victim of a former policeman and church youth group leader who sexually assaulted under-age girls has told a court she thought they were a couple like Romeo and Juliet.

Wayne Paul Mason was found guilty in September of more than 40 offences against four girls between 1996 and 2005, including disseminating child pornography, indecent assault of a person under the age of 16, and having sexual intercourse with a person aged between 10 and 16 while in a role of authority.

This lack of self-esteem was perfect for Wayne, I fell straight into his trap

In a sentence hearing at the NSW District Court on Thursday, the 42-year-old man pleaded guilty to two further charges of producing and disseminating child pornography of a 10-year-old girl between July 2006 and June 2010.

During the hearing, one of Mason’s victims – who cannot be named for legal reasons – described how she discovered pornographic photographs of herself and other girls online in 2010, sparking the police investigation.

“I know now that I never knew Wayne. Every move he took was for his own sexual gratification,” she said in a victim impact statement read to the court.

She said when she first met Mason at a Sydney Baptist church as a teenager, she suffered from low self-esteem, depression and anxiety.

“This lack of self-esteem was perfect for Wayne, I fell straight into his trap,” she said.

“It felt like we were Romeo and Juliet. Wayne often referred to our love like that.”

Since her four-year affair with Mason ended, she had ruined every relationship and had ongoing trust issues, the victim said.

“There are some things that time cannot mend,” she said.

Judge David Frearson said Mason had shown no remorse and had not accepted any responsibility for systematically exploiting under-age girls.

“He goes from one girl to another and he thinks it some sort of entitlement,” he said.

But psychiatrist Dr Olav Nielssen said although what Mason did was illegal, his interest in post-pubescent girls was not abnormal.

He also noted that Mason had had a sexually repressed upbringing within the church.

Defence barrister John O’Sullivan acknowledged that while a significant custodial sentence was required, he submitted that Mason would have harsh time due to the nature of the offences and because he was a former policeman.

“[It will] inevitably mean he will serve this sentence in protection,” he said

Mason will be sentenced in February.

Police officer facing child sex and pornography charges

July 31, 2012 – 6:12PM

Louise Hall

A FORMER police officer faces more than 50 child sex and pornography charges after one of his alleged victims found on a website explicit photos of herself and other girls taken by him nearly a decade earlier.

Wayne Paul Mason, 42, had sexual relationships with at least two 14 and 15 year old girls he met through his role as a youth group leader and karate teacher at  a Baptist Church in Sydney’s south-west, the District Court heard today.

Mason, who was an officer with the NSW Police between 1997 and 2003, has pleaded not guilty.

The jury heard Mason preyed on the teenagers, showering them with attention, gifts and love letters before they agreed to various sex acts with him, including being photographed in sexual poses.

However, because the girls were under 16 at the time they could not give consent, the Crown Prosecutor, Sarah Huggett said.

Often, Mason was in a position of authority as their youth group leader or karate teacher, which aggravated the offences, she said.

He allegedly told the girls to keep their relationship a secret as ‘‘people wouldn’t understand because of the age difference’’.

Mason is also charged with one count of perverting the course of justice after he allegedly coerced one of the girls to retract a statement she gave to police detailing their relationship at the end of 2002.

The Court heard that that same victim allegedly told the Church’s then-pastor, Steve Chard, that she had seen Mason kissing another teenager. Mr Chard allegedly said he didn’t believe her and if she didn’t change her story he would have to contact the Department of Community services and Mason ‘‘would be in big trouble’’.

‘‘He told her to ring back and say she made it up,’’ Ms Huggett said. Mr Chard was a friend of Mason’s father.

The girl had been asked to leave the church a few months earlier.

Ms Huggett said in 2010, a victim, now in her mid 20s, entered her name into a search engine and discovered pornographic photos allegedly taken by Mason when she was 14 and 15. She also found similar pictures of other young girls she recognised from the church group.The jury would be shown a letter Mason allegedly sent the girl when she was 15 and he was 32 that said, ‘‘God tells me we are just the right age for each other’’.

The charges date back to 1996 when Mason allegedly kissed the 14 or 15 year old younger sister of a woman he was dating.

Four victims will give evidence in closed court. The trial is expected to run for eight weeks.

Ms Huggett said Mason admitted to police that he has from time to time posted pictures on the website, but denies using the four complainants to make pornography.

Ms Huggett said the jury would be asked to decide if the sexual assaults and dissemination of pornography did happen, and if it did, whether it was indecent.

Ex-policeman in court on child sex charges

Posted Wed Aug 11, 2010 2:12pm AEST

A former policeman accused of raping a girl while he was a youth group leader has been remanded in custody.

Wayne Paul Mason from Sydney’s south-west had several members of his family in court to support him.

His mother cried as the prosector told the magistrate the 13 charges laid against her son relate to two victims.

The matter has been adjourned for a week when the accused will apply for bail.

The 40-year-old faces five counts of having sex without consent with a child under 16.

Police say that happened between 2002 and 2003 when he was a youth group leader in a role separate to his job as a policeman.

He allegedly took photos of the sexual assaults.

Police say the second victim was not raped but her image was manipulated to produce child pornography.

Detectives expect to lay more charges next week.


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