Willem Bowen Scheeren

Posted: October 16, 2014 by Serendipity in A.C.T
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Canberra man sentenced to extra two years’ jail for sexually abusing nephew

Posted 24 minutes ago

A Canberra man currently imprisoned for the abuse of an 11-year-old boy has had his sentence extended by more than two years for abusing his nephew in the early 1990s.

The ACT Supreme Court has heard Willem Scheeren, 59, was sentenced to eight years in prison in 2014 for sexually abusing an 11-year-old boy in the 1980s.

While in custody last year, he was charged with committing acts of indecency, attempting to engage in sexual intercourse and engaging in sexual intercourse with his 15-year-old nephew over two separate incidents between 1991 and 1992.

The court heard Scheeren had assaulted his nephew on multiple occasions when they were alone together, but the charges related only to incidents his nephew could particularise.

Scheeren pleaded guilty to all charges.

In sentencing, Justice John Burns said there was evidence Scheeren had “gained considerable insight” into his offences in the 24 years since they occurred.

Justice Burns told the court a pre-sentence report on Scheeren had revealed he had been sexually abused as a child and as a result had developed a warped sense of sexual relationships and interaction.

One doctor who saw Scheeren said he believed his “personality has been retarded by his early circumstances”.

Justice Burns said he accepted the offences “involved a breach of trust”.

He also noted that Scheeren had made contact with his nephew to apologise and acknowledge what he had done.

Scheeren was sentenced to an aggregate of two years and nine months for the four charges.

Combined with the sentence handed down by Chief Justice Helen Murrell in 2014, Scheeren was sentenced to a total of 10 years in jail.

Scheeren’s non-parole period has also been extended from June 2017 to September 2019.




Canberra child sex abuse victim speaks out against uncle in ACT Supreme Court

Posted yesterday at 6:19pm

A man who was sexually abused by his uncle in Canberra in the 1980s and 1990s has told the ACT Supreme Court of the profound impact the crime had on his life.

The court heard Willem Bowen Scheeren began to take an interest in his nephew Antony James Vote in the late 1980s, taking the boy on camping trips or to swim at local rivers.

Mr Vote, who wished to be identified, read a statement in court outlining how the abuse he then suffered had affected him.

“For a long time I blamed myself for what happened,” he said.

“For a time I was even confused about my sexuality.

“It happened at a critical time in my life.

“For a time I even thought I was gay.”

Mr Vote said it was still difficult for him to spend quality time with his sister’s children.

“I’m always feeling uncomfortable with thoughts of them thinking I could be the same as my uncle,” he said.

He said the abuse he suffered also exposed him to drugs and had divided his family.

“The impact it has had on my mother is what affects me the most,” he said.

I share his pain: mother

His mother Robin Vote told the court that, while juggling work and parenting, she was initially grateful for the time Scheeren spent with her son.

“I was so happy that Antony had companionship and activities to keep him occupied and, I thought, safe,” she said.

“As a mother, this is my greatest guilt.”

She said Scheeren had since “freely admitted” that he had had inappropriate sexual contact with her son but told her it was “his way of demonstrating love”.

Ms Vote said her family had become divided after her son revealed the abuse he had suffered.

Ms Vote said her son was in the process of recovering from his past.

“Antony is a loving and beloved son and brother,” she said.

“He has suffered enormously and of course I share his pain.

Scheeren has pleaded guilty and is due to be sentenced next week.



Former Canberra scoutmaster jailed for child sexual abuse

By Elizabeth Byrne


A former Canberra scoutmaster will serve up to eight years in prison for sexually abusing a young boy in the 1970s.

Willem Bowen Scheeren pleaded guilty to 12 offences related to the abuse of the then 11-year-old boy, who he met after being the scoutmaster for his elder brother.

The ACT Magistrates Court heard some of the offences took place at the shoe shop where Scheeren worked.

The court heard the 58-year-old had suffered sexual abuse in his own home as a child and had not realised what he had done until he sought counselling.

Scheeren told the court he tried to apologise to the victim and that he had made admissions to police in 2005.

The charges were not pursued until a recent change in the law regarding the statute of limitations.

Justice Helen Murrell told the court Scheeren had been left alone with the boy because his parents had trusted him, but he had abused that trust.

Scheeren was sentenced to eight years in prison, with a non-parole period of two years and eight months.


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  1. Just one question here, why the huge reduction from eight years to two years and eight months?
    Like what is going on there??? That is a HUGE cut!

    • Serendipity says:

      It is a huge discount. I wish I got as big a one at the supermarket. He would have gotten a discount for pleading guilty, not sure what other discounts he would have got.

  2. Where the hell do you people get off!!!!! That photo is NOT Willem Scheeren!!

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