http://www.yasstribune.com.au/story/2326286/paedophile-back-in-jail/?cs=1554

Paedophile back in jail

Convicted Yass paedophile Leon Michael Wicks has been taken into custody charged with another sex offence against a child.

Police charged the 52-year-old with assault with an act of indecency. The charge relates to an alleged incident with a 16-year-old boy near Yass in January.

Police said the boy, who had formerly worked with Wicks, reported the incident on Friday.

Wicks attended Yass Police Station on Tuesday and was arrested and charged with the indecency offence and failure to comply with reporting conditions that are necessary as part of his listing on the Child Protection Register.

He appeared in Goulburn Local Court on Wednesday, did not apply for bail and did not enter pleas to these latest charges.

Wicks, a former TAFE employee, was convicted of paedophilia in 2005 when he pleaded guilty to having sex with boys during a trip to Thailand. He was sentenced to five years jail with a non-parole period of three years.

He was again arrested in 2011 when police raided his home and seized child pornography materials.

He was sentenced to 21 months behind bars and in January that was extended by two months for further sex offences.

Shock-jock Ray Hadley blasted Wicks’ past offences during his 2GB morning show on Wednesday.

“When is this going to stop?” he said.

“When is someone going to say this is a recidivous offender who just can’t control himself, when’s someone going to stop him.”

Mr Hadley was outraged.

“This is a sick individual and the community of Yass know everything about him, yet he continues to allegedly offend.”

Wicks will be back in Goulburn Local Court on July 16.

 

http://www.yasstribune.com.au/story/215769/another-jail-term-for-wicks/

Another jail term for Wicks

June 19, 2012, 6:24 a.m.
Yass paedophile Leon Michael Wicks has been sentenced to a further two months in jail after being convicted for sexual behaviour in public places.The 51-year-old pleaded guilty to two counts of behaving in an offensive manner and one count of wilful and obscene exposure, during a hearing in Yass Local Court on Monday.

He had previously pleaded not guilty to these charges.

He continued to contest a fourth charge of failing to comply with reporting obligations as part of the sex offender’s register. This charge was brought because he failed to declare his membership of the Yass Services Club, which involves child participation.

Wicks is currently serving 21 months jail for possessing child pornography on his home computers.

The court heard police raided his Yass home on December 16 last year and seized an internet-ready laptop, which is prohibited for people on the Child Protection Register, a camera, a camera SD card, two computer towers and USB thumb-drives for examination.

The hardware contained a number of images of young boys in sexually explicit activities.

The camera contained images of Wicks and two other adult males in various poses and states of undress on the Taemas Bridge near Wee Jasper on December 4 between 2-3.21pm. Police found more images of the other two males appearing to have sex on the Yass Junction Railway Station platform on December 4 between 3.53pm and 4.23pm. Although he did not appear in them, police believe Wicks was the photographer.

Defence counsel Jessica Clarke argued Wicks’ failure to declare the club membership was an issue of interpretation, as the club’s membership was not open to children and her client had deemed it irrelevant to declare. Wicks also had a reasonable excuse because he had no assistance by police when filling out the declaration forms.

Magistrate Doug Dick disagreed, saying Wicks had a “good idea as to what the club was about” as he was a long-term member and had even served on the board of directors for nine years. He said Wicks was a man of intelligence but “it’s clear he employed a narrow interpretation” of the relevancy of the club considering he knew it was used by schools for sporting activities, members regularly dined there with their children and it even had a video arcade room designed to entertain children.

“He can be guilty by omission,” Magistrate Dick said. The law required full disclosure on Wicks’ behalf and it was up to the police to filter the relevance of his answers.

Prosecuting sergeant Chris Toole submitted a prison term was appropriate as “these are not your run-of-the-mill types” of obscene exposure offences – these men had been engaging in sex in public places, in particular, when a train was approaching.

Magistrate Dick convicted Wicks on all four offences.

“I don’t believe your failings [to declare club membership] were motivated by any sinister intention.” He applied two-month prison sentences to all four charges, to run concurrently. Wicks is now due to be released on parole in May next year.

He will remain on the Child Protection Register until 2020.

 

http://www.smh.com.au/news/National/ExSES-executive-jailed-for-childsex/2005/06/09/1118123947298.html

Ex-SES executive jailed for child-sex

By Natasha Wallace
June 9, 2005 – 3:40PM

A former SES executive and TAFE teacher has been sentenced to five years in jail for sexual intercourse with children during a Thai holiday.

Leon Wicks, 44, who was the SES far-west division executive officer and head of the Cobar SES, pleaded guilty in the Dubbo District Court to having sex with boys aged under 16, and inducing them to have sex with each other, during a trip in February and March, 2003.

He was sentenced yesterday to five years’ jail – with a non-parole period of three years – for various charges including four counts of sexual intercourse with a person under 16 outside Australia.

Wicks, who also occasionally taught at the local TAFE college, had faced a maximum penalty of 15 years in jail.

Officers raided his home during Operation Auxin – the country’s biggest investigation into child pornography – finding videotapes he had taken of himself with the victims.

He was also sentenced to one year for 13 counts of possessing child pornography.

 

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