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http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,22838344-2862,00.html

Child stalker a primary school volunteer

Article from: Herald Sun

Dina Rosendorff

November 29, 2007 12:00am

A CONVICTED child stalker and child pornographer was volunteering as a child carer at a primary school before he was arrested by police.

Glenn Schulz, 34, of Ballan, escaped jail time after he pleaded guilty in the Sunshine Magistrates’ Court to 14 charges including stalking, making child pornography and possessing child pornography.

The court heard Schulz stalked Melton Primary School in February this year, using a digital camera to take pictures of school children with their underwear exposed.

Although he had no paid employment at the time of his offences, Schulz had been an after-school care volunteer at Ballan Primary School before his arrest.

The court heard Schulz also applied to work as a sports coach and underwent a “working-with-children check” before his arrest.

The court heard Schulz, who did not notify the Department of Justice within seven days of his arrest, also pleaded guilty to one charge of failing to notify authorities about his application for a working-with-children check.

Pupils from Melton Primary School told police they had seen a man in a silver four-wheel-drive vehicle taking photos of them during their lunch break on February 12.

Schulz was arrested by police on February 14 after they detected him in a 4WD in the school car park outside the prep-aged area, where children could be easily observed, police prosecutor Sen-Con Lisa Fisher said.

The defendant admitted to police he sat “waiting for children to adopt positions where their underwear was exposed,” she said.

It was also alleged Schulz told police the “many” digital images found on his home laptop computer of children playing and with their underwear exposed were for “personal viewing”.

The defendant admitted he had attended schools and sporting areas this year to photograph children in their underwear.

“The offences occurred at school, which is supposed to be an environment where they’re safe and protected from people such as the defendant,” Sen-Constable Fisher said.

Schulz’s computer, camera, photographs and a large quantity of soft pornography videos were seized from his home.

Defence lawyer Dimitra Panagopoulos said quick police work had curtailed any further offending and her client had co-operated fully with police.

He was also undergoing counselling and had been deterred from further offending by “the media campaign to name and shame him”, she said.

Magistrate Noreen Toohey sentenced Schulz to a six-month term in the form of an intensive corrections order, commanded him to complete a sex offenders’ program and placed him on the sex offenders’ register for 15 years.

 

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