John Gordon Steggles

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http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/sydney-news/church-volunteer-john-gordon-steggles-jailed-for-spanking-boys/story-e6freuzi-1226476066603

Church volunteer John Gordon Steggles jailed for spanking boys

  • The Daily Telegraph
  • September 18, 2012 12:00AM

A “PREDATORY” former church volunteer who made two young boys hit his bare bottom with a cane was jailed for 14 months after he pleaded guilty to sexual offences against children yesterday.

John Gordon Steggles, 70, was sentenced in the District Court for 14 offences against children aged between seven and 14, including committing and inciting acts of indecency and common assault, between 1979 and 1991.

The court heard Steggles was a bus driver and youth group leader for a Baptist church, coming into contact with children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Several of the offences occurred when he invited young girls to sit on his lap while he drove the bus.

He also engaged in naked wrestling, had boys smear boot polish on his bottom, and spanked some children.

Steggles’ wife cried in court as the sentence was handed down and he called out “I love you” as he was led away.

 

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