Albert John Abel

Posted: April 27, 2014 by Serendipity in NSW
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Man jailed for orphanage child sex crimes

Updated Fri Feb 22, 2013 4:24pm AEDT

A 73-year-old Sydney man has been jailed over a series of child sex offences, with the first dating back more than 50 years.

Albert John Abel was sentenced this morning at Sydney’s Downing Centre District Court to four years in prison, with a non-parole period of two years and 10 months.

Abel pleaded guilty to assaulting a boy in his car during his time at the Charlton Boys’ Home at Glebe.

He admitted to attacking the victim, known only as TS, on a number of occasions starting in 1959.

Judge Anthony Blackmore today described Abel’s crimes as reprehensible, but found he was rehabilitated after pleading guilty to similar charges in the late 1960s.

The judge found Abel was remorseful, saying he had spent more than 40 years living in the community as a church-going “family man”.

But supporters of the victim and his family say the sentence is inadequate.

Leonie Sheedy from the Care Leavers Australia Network said it was hard for the victim to come forward.

“Where’s the justice for children in orphanages? We couldn’t walk outside of the orphanages to report the crimes to police,” she said.

“If we ran away the police picked us up and took us right back into the hands of the abusers.

“We felt that at last the voices of homies of Australia, the children in orphanages, would have a voice and we would be listened to and believed and appropriate sentences would be given out.”


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  1. Patrick v Smith. says:

    I came in contact with Mr Abels’ when he first came to Charlton, he left a lasting impression of which I will never forget.

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