Archive for May, 2015


 

Johnson – Clayton Gary - Photo

 

* NOTE: Johnson may apply for parole from the 7th May 2015. His full sentence will end in 2018.

 

http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/news/pedophile-stole-childs-innocence-2010-floods-cq/2640891/

Pedophile stole 12-year-old child’s innocence after floods

Trinette Stevens | 18th May 2015 8:58 AM

LIVES can be devastated in the blink of an eye, but who would expect a simple request for neighbourly help to end in the destruction of one Rockhampton boy’s innocence.

Clayton Garry Johnson was first introduced to his male victim, aged about 12, when the youth’s parents went to Johnson’s home and asked for assistance during the 2010 floods.

They were chasing petrol.

From that day their lives changed forever.

Johnson was only too happy to help. Over time he won the confidence of the family and would visit their home up to four times a week under the guise of assisting the boy with his computer.

There he began to maintain a sexual relationship with the autistic child.

After two and a half years of continued violation, the youngster found the courage to speak to his parents and tell them about the abuse.

Police arrested Johnson the next day.

Earlier this month, after more than two years of the matter working its way through the legal process, the victim’s parents were among those in the District Court at Brisbane when Johnson was sentenced to five years’ jail.

The judge took into consideration pre-sentence custody of 658 days as time already served and a parole eligibility date was set that day.

It was an emotional day for the parents who said they thought the judge had been fair.

“At the end of the day, the conviction is good… if you can get a conviction on a pedophile its better than them walking around,” they said.

However, their ordeal is far from over.

The victim has been struggling to deal with the abuse.

He still takes long showers and remains terrified of men who resemble Johnson, particularly those who wear high-visibility vests.

The teenager has been hospitalised in previous years from severe PTSD, and has spent days in a psychosis.

“Clayton took away his childhood innocence,” the boy’s parents said, struggling to hold back the emotion.

“At the end of the day it will always be in the back of your mind.”

They said it would be hard for them to trust anyone again.

“You don’t trust anyone,” they said.

“It’s very emotional; I would hate anyone to ever go through this.”

The parents said it was the support of justice staff, friends and family that helped them through the trial process.

 

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Rapson – David Edwin - Photo5

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-11/paedophile-priest-david-rapson-jailed-for-raping-boys/6459890

Paedophile priest David Rapson jailed for sexual abuse of schoolboys at Catholic boarding school

Updated 25 minutes ago

Paedophile priest David Rapson has been sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison for the rape and indecent assault of six boys in Victoria during the 1970s, 80s and 90s.

The Melbourne County Court heard the boys were as young as 11 or 12 when Rapson abused them at the Catholic boarding school he taught at.

The judge described Rapson as a “sexual predator seeking sexual fulfilment at the expense of young boys”.

He said Rapson displayed “cruelty and violence bordering on being sadistic”.

Rapson will be eligible for parole in 2023.

One of Rapson’s victims, who wanted to only be known as his first name Ben, said the verdict represented closure for him.

“I’m glad it’s finally over. It’s taken a big toll on us all and hopefully it’s the last of it and we can move on as best we can,” he said.

“It’s impacted my life in a big way – crime, drug abuse, things like that – and because he held the position he held in the church I couldn’t tell my parents or anyone like that what happened until probably four years ago.

“He’s just a sadist, a disgusting person and human being.”

Retrial follows miscarriage of justice

The former priest was jailed last year for 13 years for the abuse of eight boys, but the Victorian Court of Appeal quashed those convictions on the grounds that the charges should have been prosecuted separately.

There were eight complainants heard in a single trial, but the DPP acknowledged that significant parts of the evidence were not “cross-admissible”, or able to be heard by the same jury fairly.

The DPP said this prevented Rapson from receiving a fair trial.

Rapson faced fresh trials in the Victorian County Court, after prosecutor Peter Kidd SC told the appeal court he should face three separate trials on the charges.

But Rapson’s barrister Paul Holdenson QC argued there should be separate trials for each of the eight victims.

The retrial covered the abuse of six victims.

 

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