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‘Bad Santa’ Harry Carr sentenced

By JOANNE McCARTHY
March 5, 2014, 10 p.m.

HARRY Carr ‘‘got his jollies’’ showing pornographic Christmas films to little girls and appearing as a semi-naked Santa with a snowy white beard and tinsel on his genitals.

In court yesterday he had a red face and was not smiling when a judge sent him to jail for up to 12years.

The ‘‘Bad Santa’s’’ crimes against four girls as young as six were not the worst child sex offences Gosford District Court Judge Roy Ellis had seen, but required a lengthy sentence.

‘‘This is a serious set of offending for various reasons,’’ Judge Ellis said of Carr, 67, a disability pensioner who had not committed a criminal offence for 40years until his ‘‘friendships’’ with neighbourhood children in 2011 in the guise of Santa.

Over a period of weeks he encouraged an 11-year-old girl and three other girls aged from six to 11 to visit ‘‘Santa’s’’ house. He played the youngest girl and a 10-year-old a film that started as a Christmas video, and ended as a pornographic film with naked adults.

‘‘Me and [the younger child] closed our eyes. Seen a little bit of rude stuff but closed our eyes and looked the other way,’’ the older girl told police when asked about the film.

In court in November last year after pleading guilty to showing the films, Carr said he did it because ‘‘I wanted to get my jollies’’.

‘‘I wanted to see what they thought about it,’’ he said.

Carr admitted grooming the children and six acts of indecency against the girls, but denied more serious offences of aggravated sexual intercourse and indecently assaulting the 11-year-old.
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Judge Ellis found him guilty after accepting the girl’s evidence that a naked Carr pushed her on his bed with her hands behind her back and committed a sexual act.

The girl told her mother on New Year’s Day, 2012.

Judge Ellis sentenced Carr to a minimum seven years’ jail after noting he was willing to undertake a sex offenders program while in jail.

His earliest release date is September, 2020.

 

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ROLF OFF TO JAIL

There is a lot going on with this case. I was almost laughing seeing him helped out of a limo looking all crippled and old taking one step every 3 seconds to walk into court. For Christ sake, he was running a round a stage a few months ago happy as Larry despite his age. This is setting up on his side to get no jail time. I drafted some posts about identifying it was him who was the old Australian entertainer being investigated because the Aussie media was too gutless to say out loud what everyone knew. Harris like so many in the 70’s and 80’s thought they were SO famous they were untouchable. Sadly the girls in their vicinity were NOT.

“Your reputation lies in ruins, you have been stripped of your honours, but you have no-one to blame but yourself,” Justice Sweeney told the convicted paedophile.

UPDATE JUNE 4th 2014

Rolf Harris sentencing: a transcript of Justice Nigel Sweeney’s remarks

Rolf Harris has been sentenced to five years and nine months for assaults on four girls.

THE judge said it plainly and powerfully.

These are the damning words Justice Nigel Sweeney used when he handed down Rolf Harris’s jail sentence, listing the star’s crimes and stating he had not shown any remorse.

Read them and remind yourself why he was jailed. Some of the sentences may be confronting revealing much more detail than what was reported

“Rolf Harris, you are 84 years old. You have no previous criminal convictions or cautions recorded against you. You are no longer in the best of health. For well over 50 years you have been a popular entertainer and television personality of international standing – with a speciality in children’s entertainment. You are also an artist of renown. You have been the recipient of a number of honours and awards over the years. You have done many good and charitable works and numerous people have attested to your positive good character.

But the verdicts of the jury show that in the period from 1969 to 1986 you were also a sex offender – committing 12 offences of indecent assault on 4 victims who were variously aged between 8 and 19 at the time. There were a number of aggravating features. You took advantage of the trust placed in you, because of your celebrity status, to commit the offences against three of your victims ‘A’ (Count 1), ‘B’ (Count 2) and Tonya Lee (Counts 10-12). All your offences in relation to ‘C’ (Counts 3-9) were committed in breach of the trust that her parents had placed in you, and two of them took place in her own home. In every case the age gap between you and your victim was a very considerable one.

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You clearly got a thrill from committing the offences whilstwhiles were present or nearby. Whilst others did not realise what you were doing, their presence added to the ordeal of your victims. It is clear from the evidence that what you did has had a significant adverse effect on each victim, and particularly so in relation to ‘C’ who suffered severe psychological injury in consequence. None of the victims had the confidence to complain at the time. Each, including Tonya Lee, and especially ‘C’, showed considerable courage in eventually coming forward and in giving evidence.

You have shown no remorse for your crimes at all. Your reputation now lies in ruins, you have been stripped of your honours but you have no one to blame but yourself.

On Count 1 you indecently assaulted ‘A’ in 1969 (when she was aged 8 and you were aged 39). You did so when you made an appearance at the Leigh Park Community Centre in Havant, and she approached you for your autograph. Others were present. Taking advantage of your celebrity status, you twice put your hand up her skirt between her legs and touched her vagina over her clothing. In her Victim Impact Statement ‘A’ states, which I am sure is true, that you took her childhood innocence – for which she blamed herself and became an angry child and teenager, unable to express herself and unable to trust men. She continued “I have carried what Rolf Harris did to me for most of my life, it took away my childhood, it affected every aspect of my life from the point he assaulted me. Something that he did to me for fun that caused me physical and mental pain for his own pleasure and then probably forgot about as quickly as he did it, has had a catastrophic effect on me…..”

On Count 2 I have no doubt that you indecently assaulted ‘B’ in July 1978 (when she was aged 16. and you were aged 48). You did so on the day that you took part in Star Games on Jesus Green in Cambridge. You were clowning around and took advantage of the fact that she was somewhat awestrawe-struckn others were present. You groped her bottom, squeezing her left buttock a number of times. In her Victim Impact Statement, which I am also sure is true, she says amongst other things “…Rolf Harris took advantage of me and made me feel ashamed. That an adult man could do what he did to me made me feel so powerless. He treated me like a toy that he played with for his own pleasure with absolutely no regard for what he was inflicting and then getting on with his life as if nothing had happened….”.

‘C’ and her family began living across the road from you and your family in Sydenham in the mid 1960s. She and your daughter Bindi became the very best of friends. In late 1978 when ‘C’ was aged 13 and you were aged 48 you were allowed by ‘C’s parents to take her on holiday with your wife and Bindi to Canada, Hawaii and Australia. Her parents trusted you to look after their daughter and continued to do so after the end of the holiday. I have no doubt that you fancied ‘C’ – even at that young age. I make clear that I am not sentencing you in relation to what happened on that holiday, but I am sure, in the light of the jury’s verdicts, that ‘C’ gave truthful evidence as to what occurred, and that it was the indecent assaults that you carried out on that holiday that emboldened you to commit offences against her in this country thereafter.

On Count 3 you indecently assaulted ‘C’ in the latter part of 1980 by which time she was aged 15 and you were aged 50. You had moved to Bray, and were visiting the ‘Cs’ with your wife. You committed the offence in breach of trust, and it was further aggravated by being committed in ‘C’’s own home. You left your wife and ‘C’’s parents downstairs and you went up to ‘C’s bedroom on the top floor of the house. You spat on the fingers of one hand, put that hand down her jeans and knickers, and digitally penetrated her vagina. The episode lasted for about a minute until she managed to get away.

On Count 4 you indecently assaulted ‘C’ after Xmas 1980 when she was still aged 15 and you were aged 50. Again you were visiting the ‘C’s with your wife. Again you committed the offence in breach of trust and it was further aggravated by being committed in ‘C’’s own home. You left your wife and ‘C’’s parents downstairs whilstwhileent up to the TV room on the first floor where ‘C’ was. You spat on the fingers of one hand, put that hand down her dungarees and knickers and digitally penetrated her vagina. You continued for up to a minute until she managed to get away.

Counts 5 & 6 arose from a single incident in the period between the autumn of 1980 and Easter 1981 when ‘C’ was aged 15 and you were aged 50. ‘C’ was visiting Bindi at Bray and was permitted by her parents to stay – sleeping in one of two single beds in Bindi’s room. On this occasion after Bindi had got up, and whilstwhilend/or your wife were in the house, and again in breach of trust, you went into the bedroom where ‘C’ was still in bed. You took her pants down, spat on the fingers of one of your hands, and digitally penetrated her vagina (Count 5), then you took off your glasses bent down to her vagina and started licking it (Count 6) – continuing until she closed her legs and pushed you away.

Counts 7 & 8 arose from another single incident in the same period between the autumn of 1980 and Easter 1981- and thus when ‘C’ was still aged 15 and you were aged 50. Again ‘C’ was visiting Bindi at Bray and was sleeping in one of the two single beds in Bindi’s room. On this occasion, whilstwhile was still asleep in her bed and ‘C’ was in the other bed you entered the room, again in breach of trust, pulled ‘C’s pants down to her ankles, spat on the fingers of one hand and digitally penetrated her vagina (Count 7), then you licked her vagina again keeping an eye on Bindi (who was still asleep) as you did so (Count 8) – continuing until ‘C’ closed her legs and pushed you away.

On Count 9 you indecently assaulted ‘C’ in 1984 when she was aged 19 andyou were aged 54. On this occasion she and her mother were visiting your wife at Bray. ‘C’ was using the indoor swimming pool when you appeared in your swimming trunks and got in. Your wife and Mrs ‘C’ (who trusted you) withdrew to another part of the house whereupon you touched ‘C’s breasts and then put one of your hands down her bikini bottom and digitally penetrated her vagina.

Whilst not sentencing you in relation to what you did to ‘C’ in the decade that followed that offence, I am sure that offences against her continued until 1994. Indeed the point is made on your behalf that you have not committed any further offences since then. In her Victim Impact Statement, which I am sure is true, ‘C’ says, among other things, “…The attacks that happened have made me feel dirty, grubby and disgusting. The whole sordid saga has traumatised me. I have panic attacks and suffer from anxiety. The effects of the abuse have been with me for many years. I started drinking at the age of 14 to 15 years old. This was to block out the effects of what he was doing to me. This had an effect on my relationship with my parents and people close to me. The slightest thing would upset me, I would get so angry, my reaction would be so disproportionate and over the top. As a young girl I had aspirations to have a career, settle down and have a family. However, as a direct result of his actions, this has never materialised.

I have never had a meaningful relationship. I have also never been able to hold down a job. This was down to the need to block out what he had done to me through drink. Rolf Harris had a hold over me that made me a quivering wreck….He made me feel like a sexual object. He used and abused me to such an extent that it made me feel worthless….. I suffered abuse at the hands of a person who thought he could get away with it. He made me feel that would not be believed and as a result I suffered in silence. This has had a detrimental effect on my life and health outcome….”.I have no doubt, in view of the evidence given at trial by ‘C’, and by the doctors and counsellors who treated her, that it was your crimes against her that resulted in her becoming an alcoholic for many years with all that that entailed, and that thus (as I have already touched on) you caused her severe psychological harm

On Count 10 you indecently assaulted Tonya Lee on 31 May 1986 – when she was aged 15 and you were aged 56. She was one of the Shopfront Theatre Group from Sydney, Australia who were on a tour of the UK at that time. You knew the lady who was in charge of the Group, and at her invitation had attended the Group’s last performance on the tour which was in South London. Thereafter you accompanied them to a public house called the Queen’s Arms. It was there, in the presence of others, that you committed the offence. Taking advantage of you celebrity status you got Tonya to sit on your knee, put your hand on her thigh under her skirt and moved it up to her vagina over her tights and knickers and fondled her there until she managed to make an excuse and fled to the Ladies toilet.

You followed her to the vicinity of the toilet and waited outside.

Counts 11 & 12 arose from a single incident after she came out. Others, although not present, were nearby. You got her in a forceful bear hug, put one hand down her top and into her bra and played with one of her breasts for about 30 seconds, fondling and squeezing it (Count 11).

Then, really quickly, you moved the same hand under her skirt, down her tights and knickers and quickly digitally penetrated her vagina (Count 12). You then stopped and walked away.

In an email from Australia Tonya Lee writes that what you did to her was a turning point in her life that she has never recovered from. She says, among other things, that “…What Rolf Harris took from me was my self belief and more so the ability to feel safe. I have never felt safe since. I live in a constant state of anxiety”.., She goes on to describe the difficulties that she and her children have faced since and continues “…What Mr Harris took from me was my very essence. I believe that it was for Mr Harris a forgettable moment but it was something for me that I have never moved on from and will never forget…” I proceed upon the basis, as both sides have invited me to, that (consistent with her evidence at trial) your offences were not the sole cause of Tonya Lee’s problems.

It was in the mid 1990s, and after it had stopped, that ‘C’ then still an alcoholic, finally told her family what you had done to her. In 1997 she confronted you and you sent that letter to her father in the hope of avoiding or minimising the consequences. You succeeded at that stage, but only because she was in no fit state to face making an official complaint.However, following her brave recovery from alcoholism, and after extensive counselling and support from her family, it was ‘C’’s eventual complaint in the autumn of 2012 which began the series of events that led to your prosecution and conviction. I apply the approach to sentencing historic sexual offences set out in Annex B of the current Sentencing Council Definitive Guideline, and have also considered the guidance given in the judgment of the Court of Appeal in Attorney General’s Reference (No.38 of 2013)(R v Stuart Hall) [2014] 1 Cr.App.R. (S.) 61

The maximum sentence on Count 1 is one of 5 years’ imprisonment, on each of Counts 2-9 it is one of 2 year’s imprisonment, and on each of Counts 10-12 it is one of 10 years’ imprisonment.

With the exception of Counts 10 & 11 the equivalent offences today attract significantly higher maximum sentences. For example on Count 1 the equivalent offence today is sexual assault of a child which carries a maximum of 14 years’ imprisonment and would be likely to involve a starting point of around one year’s imprisonment. On Counts 3,4,5,7,9&12 the equivalent offence today is assault by penetration which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment and would be likely, to involve a starting point (given the severity of the psychological damage to ‘C’) of around 8 years’ imprisonment on Counts 3,4,5,7, & 9 and a starting point of around 4 years’ imprisonment on Count 12 On your behalf I am asked to take into account a number of matters in mitigation, including the following:

(1) With the exception of ‘C’ the offences were brief and opportunistic.

(2) The fact that you have no previous convictions and have led an upright life since 1994 – albeit it is accepted that that must be tempered by the reality, underlined in the Attorney General’s Reference (above), that you got away with your offending for years.

(3) The fact that you have a good side, that there are many people who know you who speak well of you, and that over many years you have dedicated yourself to a number of charitable causes.

(4) The fact that you are not in the best of health, as attested to in the report of Dr Fertleman, and that therefore, although capable of serving a prison sentence, it will be particularly tough on you.

(5) The fact that your wife, who you help in looking after, has various health problems, as attested to in the report of Dr Mitchell-Fox.

(6) That you should be enabled to spend your twilight years with your family.

I have no doubt, despite your age and the other matters relied upon in mitigation on your behalf, that given the seriousness of the offences and particularly those in relation to ‘C’) and the extent of the aggravating features that I have identified only an immediate custodial sentence is appropriate for each. Sensibly, no argument to the contrary has been put forward on your behalf. Some of the sentences will be consecutive – in passing them I bear firmly in mind the principle of totality and have reduced a number of the sentences that I would otherwise have passed accordingly.

The sentences that I impose are as follows:

  • Count 1: 9 months’ imprisonment.
  • Count 2: 6 months’ imprisonment consecutive.
  • Count 3: 15 months’ imprisonment consecutive
  • Count 4: 15 months’ imprisonment concurrent
  • Count 5: 15 months’ imprisonment concurrent
  • Count 6: 12 months imprisonment concurrent
  • Count 7: 15 months’ imprisonment consecutive
  • Count 8: 12 months’ imprisonment concurrent
  • Count 9: 12 months’ imprisonment consecutive
  • Count 10: 9 months’ imprisonment concurrent
  • Count 11 9 months imprisonment concurrent.
  • Count 12 12 months’ imprisonment consecutive

The total sentence is therefore one of 5 years and nine months’ imprisonment.Unless released earlier, you will serve half that sentence when you will be released on licence for the remainder of the sentence. Should you breach the terms of that licence, including by the commission of further offences, you will be liable to recall.

Your convictions mean that you are automatically subject to the notification requirements of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and you will also be considered under the provisions of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006.

In my view it is not appropriate for me to make any awards of compensation. The issues involved are too complex and the information before me insufficient for me to be able to properly do so.

You will however pay the costs of the prosecution in such sum as may be agreed or assessed in due course.

I order that a copy of the medical report from Dr Fertleman be provided to the Prison Service for their information.”

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Rolf Harris-FOUND GUILTY-Sentenced to 5yrs 9 months

Rolf Harris jailed for more than five years for indecently assaulting young girls

Australian-born TV presenter guilty of seven assaults against daughter’s childhood friend and of groping an eight-year-old

theguardian.com, Friday 4 July 2014 13.19 BST

Rolf Harris

Rolf Harris arrives at court. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Rolf Harris has been jailed for carrying out a series of indecent assaults on young women and girls, including an eight-year-old autograph hunter and the 13-year-old friend of his daughter.

The judge, Mr Justice Sweeney, sentenced the 84-year-old entertainer to a total of five years and nine months in prison on 12 counts of indecent assault. Some of the sentences are to be served consecutively and others concurrently.

A jury at Southwark crown court on Monday unanimously found Harris guilty on the 12 charges of indecent assault, including seven against the childhood friend of his daughter, beginning when the girl was aged 13 and on holiday. The court heard that Harris continued a sexual liaison with the woman, 35 years his junior, until her late 20s.

Before a packed courtroom on Friday, Sweeney said to Harris: “You showed no remorse. You took advantage of the trust placed in you through celebrity status … You clearly got a thrill from committing offences while others were nearby. You have shown no remorse at all.

“Your reputation lies in ruins [and] you have nobody to blame but yourself.”

Rolf Harris leaving his home for sentencing by boat

Rolf Harris leaves his home for court by boat. Photograph: Sky TV

As the judge spoke, Harris and his family listened in expressionless silence.

Before sentencing, Harris listened impassively as victim impact statements were read out to the court. The former friend of his daughter, Bindi, said the abuse he inflicted had made her drink, wrecked her career and given her panic attacks.

“The attacks that happened have made me feel dirty, grubby and disgusting. The whole sordid saga has traumatised me,” the statement said. “As a young girl I had aspirations to have a career, settle down and have a family. However, as a direct result of his actions, this has never materialised. The knowledge of what he had done to me haunted me. However, his popularity with the British public made it harder for me to deal with.”

The woman said she had been convinced nobody would believe her. “My loved ones couldn’t understand why I drank so much until I told them what Rolf had done to me for so long.”

Another victim, who was assaulted by Harris when she visited England as a teenager, said the incident was a turning point in her life from which she had never recovered.

“I have never felt safe since, I live in a constant state of anxiety,” she said. “What Mr Harris took from me was my very essence, I believe that it was for Mr Harris a forgettable moment but it was something for me I will never move on from. I know the person I am today is not the person I should have been.”

A third victim, who was indecently assaulted by Harris as she sought his autograph at a community centre when she was seven or eight, said the incident had taken away her childhood. “I became an angry child, unable to express myself and unable to trust men,” she said.

Speaking of this victim, the judge told Harris he had taken away her childhood.

Sweeney also said he had no doubt Harris “fancied” the friend of his daughter, Bindi, and it was Harris’s crimes that made the victim as she was. Harris had caused her “severe psychological harm”.

The defence counsel Sonia Woodley QC said in mitigation that apart from the assaults against his daughter’s friend, Harris’s crimes were brief and “opportunistic, not predatory”. For the last 20 years he had led an “upright life”, and he had been patron of 16 charities, she said.

Since his arrest in 2012 Harris had been “a prisoner in his own home” due to the media frenzy, Woodley said. He was now 84 and “living on borrowed time”, and the prison term should reflect this.

As well as the four victims whose evidence formed the charges, the trial heard evidence from six more alleged victims as “bad character” witnesses. Seven more alleged victims did not give their evidence for legal reasons.

During and since the court case several other women have come forward to make allegations against Harris, with the police and the NSPCC charity saying they have received a number of calls.

The prosecution barrister Sasha Wass QC told the court on Friday that Harris had also been charged with four counts of viewing indecent images, which were to have been tried separately, but the Crown Prosecution Service would not pursue those charges in light of Monday’s guilty verdicts.

Harris was one of the best-loved and enduring entertainers of his era, with a TV career dating back 60 years and a reputation for his good rapport with children. He now faces the possibility of losing much of his £11m fortune after some victims contacted a law firm specialising in civil compensation claims over sexual abuse.

Since the verdict, Harris’s home town in Western Australia, Bassendean, has begun to shed its association with the entertainer, stripping him of honours and making plans to remove a plaque outside his childhood home.

The convicted paedophile travelled to the court by boat along the River Thames from his home in Bray, Berkshire, reportedly to avoid media who had gathered outside his house.

The 84-year-old, who has been told to expect jail time, was carrying a small suitcase as he entered the dock.

After hearing submission from the prosecution and defence, Justice Nigel Sweeney called a recess so that he could consider the sentence.

 

UPDATE JULY 1st 2014 HARRIS FOUND GUILTY

 

The sentencing hearing has now resumed.

Earlier this week Harris was found guilty of indecently assaulting four girls between 1968 and 1986.

Jurors unanimously delivered a guilty verdict on all 12 counts of indecent assault, after a trial that lasted more than six weeks.

Each count carries a maximum penalty of two years in jail.

In victim impact statements tendered to the court today, one victim said Harris’s actions had made her feel “dirty, grubby and disgusting”.

But the defence said there was no evidence Harris had offended in recent years, saying at 84 he was “living on borrowed time” and his prime concern was for his wife’s health.

Since the trial began, and even since the verdicts were handed down, more women have come forward saying they were also assaulted by Harris. Police have confirmed they are looking into fresh allegations.

Earlier today a New Zealand MP said Harris assaulted her in the 1980s.

Maggie Barry, a former high-profile broadcaster and now member of the National Party-led government, said she was in her 20s and working in a regional radio station when Harris groped her.

“He suddenly started with the wandering hands and groping and when he put his hand on my leg, I said ‘You can stop that right now’,” she said.

“I stood up and said ‘You’re a sleazy creep’, at which point he got a bit nasty,” she said.

She said Harris was “pretty confident and arrogant” throughout the “chilling experience”.

Rolf Harris found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault against four girls by London jury

Updated 41 minutes ago

Rolf Harris has been found guilty of indecently assaulting four girls in the UK between 1968 and 1986.

The jury took eight days to deliver unanimous verdicts on all 12 charges of indecent assault in London.

The 84-year-old has been granted bail until his sentencing on Friday, but has been told to expect a custodial sentence.

Each count carries a maximum penalty of two years in jail.

Harris listened impassively – with the aid of a hearing loop – as the verdicts were read out.

Only after the final guilty verdict was read out and the jurors had left the court did Harris finally stand.

He sipped from a plastic cup and then left the dock.

He went into a small room at Southwark Crown Court with his legal team before being joined by his wife Alwen and daughter Bindi, who had broken down in tears after the verdicts and was consoled by Harris’s long-time agent Jan Kennedy.

Judge tells Harris to expect time behind bars

Justice Nigel Sweeney made it clear Harris could expect to be sent to jail later this week.

“Given the conviction on all 12 counts, it’s inevitable that the type of sentence uppermost in the court’s mind is a custodial sentence,” the judge said.

Justice Sweeney thanked the jurors for their service and said they had conducted themselves in an exemplary fashion with scrupulous attention to their duties.

Harris’s legal team have 28 days to lodge an appeal on his behalf.

Chief Inspector Michael Orchard from Scotland Yard said the case proved that no celebrity was above the law.

“Rolf Harris habitually denied any wrongdoing, forcing his victims to recount their ordeal in public,” he said.

“He committed many offences in plain sight of people as he thought his celebrity status placed him above the law.

“I want to thank the women who came forward for their bravery. I hope the guilty verdict will give them closure and help them to begin to move on with their lives.

“The case and verdict once again shows we will always listen to and investigate allegations regardless of the timeframe of those involved.”

Jenny Hopkins from the Crown Prosecution Service said the verdicts sent a strong message.

“Whenever there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest, we will work with police and victims to bring strong cases which can be put before a court,” she said.

“I hope today’s verdict provides other victims with the courage and confidence to come forward, no matter who is alleged to have carried out the abuse and when.”

Talking on AM this morning, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he felt “gutted and dismayed” by the verdicts.

“Sexual abuse is an utterly abhorrent crime … it’s just sad and tragic that this person, who was widely admired, seems to have been a perpetrator,” he said.

“It’s very important that we do everything we humanly can do to protect vulnerable young people.”

No comment from Harris family

A spokesman for the Harris family said no-one, including the star’s lawyers, agents or friends, would be making “any public comments or be available for interview either here or in Australia”.

Rolf Harris convicted

“The Harris family has also asked that their privacy be respected at this time,” the spokesman said in a statement.

In addition to the four complainants in the trial, another six women gave supporting evidence that the artist and entertainer had abused them in Australia, New Zealand and Malta between 1969 and 1991.

Harris denied inappropriately touching any of the alleged victims and pleaded not guilty in court. “They are all making it up,” he told the jury in late May.

During the case, prosecutor Sasha Wass QC said none of Harris’s accusers knew each other but their accounts bore “striking similarities”.

She described Harris as a “sinister pervert” who used his fame to mesmerise his victims, treating “underage girls as sexual objects” to be “groped and mauled”.

Harris was arrested in March last year on suspicion of sexual offences as part of Operation Yewtree, which was set up following revelations about the late BBC presenter Jimmy Savile.

Main accuser was daughter Bindi’s childhood friend

The main accuser was a woman, now 49, who met Harris as a childhood friend of his daughter Bindi.

Harris admitted he had a 10-year-affair with the accuser but said it did not start until she was 18 and the relationship was consensual.

However, she told the court the entertainer began indecently assaulting her at age 13, when she joined the Harris family on an overseas holiday in 1978.

The woman told the court she was taking a shower at their Hawaii hotel and was wrapped only in a towel when Harris gave her “one of his big hugs and tickles”.

She said the performer then put his fingers into her crotch area.

The woman said she felt “numb” and disgusted after the abuse happened.

When she was 15, she said Harris sexually assaulted her in her bedroom, before laughing and joking with her parents downstairs.

The woman said she was too scared and intimidated by Harris’s fame to tell anyone.

After years of sexual abuse the victim was “emotionally dead”, the prosecutor said.

“She was targeted, groomed and dehumanised over a period of 16 years,” Ms Wass said.

In court, Harris admitted he admired the bikini worn by the teenager on the Hawaii trip but denied indecently assaulting her.

His daughter Bindi told the court she was with her friend “every single moment of every single day” on the holiday and had not noticed any change in her behaviour.

However, during the trial Bindi wept as she described the moment she later discovered her father’s sexual relationship with her friend.

The prosecutor said key evidence was a letter Rolf Harris wrote to the alleged victim’s father in 1997.

It was effectively a confession of child abuse, the prosecutor alleged, and was a calculated attempt to avoid the police being informed.

The defence said the letter was consistent with Harris’s claim of a 10-year affair.

“I fondly imagined that everything that had taken place had progressed from a feeling of love and friendship,” Rolf Harris wrote in the letter.

“There was no rape, no physical forcing, brutality or beating that took place.”

Harris told the court the woman had contacted him in 1994 and had demanded 25,000 pounds ($45,000).

When he refused to pay, she threatened that her brother would go to newspapers, the court was told.

The alleged victim took her allegations to UK police in November 2012.

Harris accused of groping other children

A second witness told the court she was 13 or 14 when Rolf Harris groped her buttocks at a celebrity event in Cambridge.

Harris initially denied being in the city at that time. However, he later admitted he had been there after TV footage was dramatically uncovered mid-trial of him taking part in a 1978 episode of Star Games in Cambridge.

A third witness said she was only seven or eight years old when the entertainer assaulted her in Portsmouth after she had asked him for an autograph.

She said the entertainer put his hand down her back and between her legs. He then did it a second time, she told the jury.

Harris’s defence counsel suggested the entertainer had never been to the community centre in question and must have confused him with another man.

Another witness against Harris was an Australian woman who said the entertainer assaulted her at the home of family friends in Darwin when she was 11 or 12 years old in the late 1960s.

The woman said she froze as Harris approached her, put his arms around her and gave her a tongue kiss.

A New Zealand woman told the court Harris had a “dark and evil side” and indecently assaulted her when she was dancing with him when she was 17 years old.

The witness said she told her mother soon afterwards about what Harris did.

“I sat down and told her what a disgusting, vile, repulsive man that he was, and how he had totally taken away trust,” she said.

The court also heard evidence from an Australian make-up artist who says Harris groped her at Channel 7 in the mid-1980s when she was 24.

She said the entertainer was known as “the octopus” because of his roaming hands.

Former Australian actor Tony Porter told the court he witnessed Harris groping a different make-up artist in the mid-1980s.

Another Australian witness Tonya Lee asserted that Harris had indecently assaulted her twice in an English pub during a theatre trip to the UK in 1986.

The defence argued Harris was “a natural hugger and that left him open to false accusations”.

Defence admits Harris ‘far from perfect’

Defence barrister Simon Ray said the entertainer was “far from perfect” given he had admitted having two extramarital affairs, but insisted that did not make him guilty of the indecent assault charges.

He asserted the delay of up to 45 years between the alleged assaults and when they were reported to police caused issues for Harris in trying to rebut the claims.

“It’s much easier to make allegations like this than it is to rebut them,” Mr Ray said, adding that if Harris failed to remember something he was accused of deliberate lies and if he did recall details they were dismissed.

Mr Ray also criticised many of the six women who gave supporting evidence that Harris harassed them in Australia, New Zealand and Malta.

He pointed out that some had kept photographs of themselves with the star.

In one case a mother, who claimed Harris assaulted her daughter and then herself, subsequently put a cartoon the artist had drawn on her daughter’s bedroom door.

What mother would do that if she had just been sexually abused, Mr Ray asked the jury.

The lawyer said Harris was of good character with no criminal convictions but that the prosecution had set about destroying his reputation “with vigour and enthusiasm”.

He said the trial had occurred with the whole world watching, so Harris had already been punished for his infidelity whether he was found guilty or innocent.

“He has been punished for his infidelity by, effectively, public humiliation,” Mr Ray said.

The letter he wrote should disgust anyone who reads it as he tries to cover his own ass.

Click below read full size letter

Harris confessed in letter to victim's father, court told

Harris confessed in letter to victim’s father, court told

update 10/05/14

Rolf Harris trial: Prosecution alleges entertainer had ‘dark side’ that preyed on girls

The 84-year-old is facing 12 counts of indecently assaulting four girls between the late 1960s and mid 1980s, the youngest of whom was aged seven or eight at the time of the alleged offence.

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Prosecutor Sasha Wass QC told the opening day of the trial that Harris was an immensely talented man with a glittering career, who exploited his fame to commit the assaults.

She said he used his fame to access girls and young women, confident they would not tell anyone what he had done because of his status.

Rolf Harris arrives at court with his daughter Bindi and wife Alwen Hughes.

Rolf Harris arrives at court with his daughter Bindi and wife Alwen Hughes.

Ms Wass said Harris had a “dark side” that was sexually attracted to girls, and that he groomed one of his victims “like a pet”.

The jury of six men and six women was also told Harris slobbered around the neck of another girl and ran his hands down a third victim inappropriately in separate incidents.

Ms Wass said Harris was a Jekyll and Hyde figure, whose “dark side” was not known to colleagues and companions for decades.

He developed a consistent approach in gaining the trust of his young victims before abusing them, the jury heard.

“You will see a pattern during the case of Mr Harris approaching girls in a purely friendly way and then once he is in close physical contact with them, taking advantage of the situation in order to indecently assault them,” she said.

Harris confessed in letter to victim’s father, court told

The prosecution has revealed that the main complainant – seven of the 12 counts deal with her allegations – was a childhood friend of Harris’s daughter, Bindi.

The woman says she was first abused as a 13-year-old when she was on a holiday with the Harris family in Hawaii and Australia.

The prosecution says that by the time she was an adult Harris had total control over her and the abuse continued until she was in her late 20s.

The jury was told Harris does not deny that he had a sexual relationship with the woman, but says it began when she was 18.

The court heard Harris wrote a letter of confession to the woman’s father in which he admitted that he had a sexual relationship with the woman.

“I fondly imagined that everything that had taken place had progressed from a feeling of love and friendship,” the jury heard Harris wrote in the letter.

“There was no rape, no physical forcing, brutality or beating that took place.”

His status meant the woman did not talk about the incident until 1996. But in 1994, the court heard, Harris says he was contacted by the woman who demanded 25,000 pounds ($45,000).

When he refused, she threatened that her brother would go to newspapers over what Harris assumed were details of the affair, the court was told.

Harris alleged to have abused girls in several countries

Ms Wass said Harris abused his victims in numerous locations such as Hawaii and Australia, but many incidents took place before a law change in Britain meant offences allegedly committed abroad could be tried in the UK.

A number of other witnesses set to be called by the prosecution will allege they were also abused by Harris while he was on visits to Australia and New Zealand.

They include a woman who says Harris assaulted her while she was working as a make-up artist at Channel Seven.

The jury heard that she would say Harris was known as “The Octopus” because of his reputation for groping young women, a comment the jury was later told to disregard.

The prosecution says without knowing each other, the complainants and witnesses have related similar accounts of the type of abuse and the way in which it happened – often in a brazen and sudden manner.

Ms Wass told the jury they should not dismiss any of the claims because they related to historic incidents.

She said the consequences of sexual abuse could be life-changing and current, and she said when the jury hears them describe what Harris did to them “you may think those victims deserve to have a voice”.

The court was told that two of the girls became alcoholics because of the abuse.

The first prosecution witness in what is expected to be a six-week trial is due to take the stand on Monday.

The white-bearded, bespectacled entertainer was accompanied at the Southwark Crown Court in London by Bindi and his wife, Alwen Hughes.

Harris is the biggest name to go on trial since British police launched a major investigation after revelations that the late BBC TV host Jimmy Savile was a prolific child sex abuser, leading to the arrest of more than a dozen ageing celebrities.

Harris is known by millions in Britain and Australia for pop chart hits such as Two Little Boys and Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport.

A keen artist, Harris painted Queen Elizabeth’s portrait in 2005, and was honoured by her for his services to entertainment and charity and performed at her 2012 Diamond Jubilee concert.

To be successful in these cases is to have independent corroborating evidence, and I reckon Rolf Harris knows he is gone (oh yeah I did have an affair with that girl but ONLY after she was 18 etc) Bad news for him is the girls he molested back then are now mums themselves and taking a stance. The suppression of evidence needs to end, it is 2014 not 1814.


UPDATE 8th Jan 2014

This bloke had the audacity to write to me with threats of legal action as he felt he was not in the category of being a paedophile, even though he snuck into a tent and sexually assaulted two 16 year old girls and bragged about it.(As a married man with 3 kids)

I’m right on the edge of posting about a dozen photos of you, sent to me…Thank god you have kids who deserve better

WELL WELL WELL This tool has inspired to me encompass all the sex offenders just in case they think they get a chance to feel better about themselves on a word. Peter you committed a disgusting dirty crime, were convicted for it and was placed on the sex offenders register.

Just because you relaxed in jail for a while does NOT mean the outside world forget what you did!

It is sizzled red hot into history,I hate to imagine the memories the young girls have of your disgusting behaviour.

Here is the email he wrote, suffice to say he inspired me to change the site to cover them all Aussie Sex offenders (previously Aussie paedophiles, as if one behaviour is better or less degrading and despicable as the other)

Next time you consider writing to a blog demanding removal like some  almighty god, think again loser.

http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2010/12/08/191831_most-popular-stories.html

Jailed for assault on lesbians

DAVID KILLICK   |   December 08, 2010 11.04am

A DRUNKEN man who indecently assaulted two teenage lesbians as they made out in a tent has been jailed.

Vodafone worker Peter John Lasdauskas, 37, of Rose Bay was sentenced to nine months in prison by Justice Shan Tennent in the Supreme Court in Hobart this morning.

He had pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent assault.

Justice Tennant said Lasdauskas had been drinking at a party at a friend’s house on New Year’s Eve.

When he discovered the 16-year-old two girls were kissing in a tent in the backyard he and another man went to watch.

They were told to leave but Lasdauskas returned and touched one of the girls on the leg before by indecently touching and licking her.

Justice Tennant said the girl was terrified Lasdauskas might become violent if she didn’t comply.

He subsequently indecently assaulted the girl’s partner.

The court heard Lasdauskas said shortly afterwards: “Did you see what I was doing to those bitches?” and had boasted of his encounter with two lesbians.

Justice Tennant said the incident had cost Lasdauskas his marriage and would probably also cost him his job.

She sentenced him to nine months in jail, with three months of the sentence suspended provided Lasdauskas be of good behaviour for three years.

She also ordered he be placed on the sex offenders register for the same period.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/11/29/3079344.htm

Man ‘lost everything’ after assaulting teens

Posted Mon Nov 29, 2010 12:51pm AEDT

A southern Tasmanian man has admitted sexually assaulting two 16-year-old girls at a house party.

Peter John Lasdauskus of Rose Bay has pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent sexual assault.

The father of three had taken his wife and children to the house party late last year, and started drinking heavily.

Later that night he assaulted a 16-year-old girl and her best friend, who were sleeping in a tent in the backyard.

The Supreme Court in Hobart heard Lasdauskus’ wife found out about the assaults and left him the next day.

The matter was supposed to go to trial today, but Lasdauskus pleaded guilty at the last-minute.

His lawyer said the evening of stupidity had cost his client everything.

Lasdauskus will be sentenced next week.

 

 


 

UPDATE:  In July 2013 the Court of Appeal quashed his child-stealing conviction.

He was resentenced for the other offences & released from Ararat prison.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-02-08/man-jailed-over-child-stealing/4508490

Man jailed over child stealing

Updated 5 hours 8 minutes ago

A central Victorian man has been sentenced to more than two years in jail, after being found with a 13-year-old girl in Millicent, in south-east South Australia, last year.

Dean Patrick James, 37, of Ballarat pleaded guilty to charges of child stealing, theft and possessing child pornography.

Last April, James was found at the Millicent Swimming Lake with the girl, whom he groomed over the internet.

He was sentenced to two years and three months in prison, with a non-parole period of one year and six months.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-27/ballarat-man-admits-to-child-stealing/4394838?section=vic

Ballarat man admits to child stealing

Updated 53 minutes ago

A court has been told a Ballarat man was serving a suspended sentence when he ran away with a 13-year-old girl in April after they met online.

Dean Patrick James, 37, pleaded guilty to charges including child stealing and possession of child pornography.

The County Court sitting in Ballarat, heard the girl from the north-west of the state, was about 10 when she and James began chatting on a singles site.

She told him she was 20-years-old.

It is alleged she later said she was 15 and was suffering from violence in her home.

She met him in Ballarat in March before being returned by authorities to her parents.

The court was told they were in regular contact and exchanged explicit photos.

A month later, she again met him in Ballarat and they drove to Millicent, South Australia, where they were intercepted by police.

The court was told James thought he was rescuing the girl from her violent home.

The hearing will resume in February.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-08-17/man-pleads-guilty-to-child-stealing/4204742?section=vic

Child stealing accused pleads guilty

Updated Fri Aug 17, 2012 2:31pm AEST

A Sebastopol man has pleaded guilty, in the Ballarat Magistrates Court in central Victoria, to child stealing.

Dean Patrick James, 36, was extradited to Ballarat in April, after he was found in the company of a missing Victorian girl at Millicent in south-east South Australia.

The child’s disappearance sparked a two-week search after it was suspected James lured the teenager away from her family.

In the Ballarat court yesterday, James pleaded guilty to child stealing, possessing child pornography and fraudulent use of car numberplates.

He is due to reappear in the County Court later this month.

 

http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/142332/ballarat-court-told-13yo-ran-away-twice/

Ballarat court told: 13yo ran away twice

By Jordan Oliver

July 24, 2012, midnight

Sebastopol man Dean James, 36, appeared at the Ballarat Magistrates Court yesterday charged with two counts of child stealing and a child pornography offence.

Magistrate Peter Couzens said the charges were “too serious” for James to be sentenced and directed the case towards the County Court.

The court heard James and the girl began communicating on an internet chat site in 2008, before the relationship progressed to text messaging.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Bob Anderson read a summary of the offences to the court, explaining that on March 24 this year, the girl sent an image of herself to James’ mobile phone.

He said at about the same time, the 13 year old sent a text to James indicating she was 15.

The court heard that on March 26, James paid for a V/line ticket so the girl could come to Ballarat, which she did the following day.

Sergeant Anderson said she left home in her school uniform, travelled by bus and train and was met by James at the Ballarat train station that afternoon.

He said James took her to his home in Sebastopol, before her parents reported her missing.

Police found the girl hiding at James’ home that night, after he had pretended to officers she wasn’t there.

The court heard she was taken to social welfare accommodation overnight but escaped, spending the remainder of the night with James.

Sergeant Anderson said the pair were located the next day and the girl was reunited with her parents.

It was also revealed that on April 17, the girl again travelled to Ballarat – again in her school uniform – and met with James.

After stopping off at the Sebastopol address, the pair travelled to South Australia, where James was arrested on April 23.

Mr Couzens declined to hear the case further, arguing “it’s not stealing a car, it’s stealing a child.”

The child-stealing charges were adjourned to a committal mention next month.

 

http://www.thecourier.com.au/news/local/news/general/man-accused-of-child-stealing-has-bail-revoked/2533513.aspx

Man accused of child stealing has bail revoked

BY EVAN SCHUURMAN

25 Apr, 2012 12:24 AM

A MAN accused of child stealing has been remanded in custody without making an application for bail.

Dean Patrick James, 36, from Sebastopol, appeared briefly in Ballarat Magistrates Court yesterday morning, where he faced four charges relating to two separate matters.

Wearing a Melbourne Demons polo shirt and army camouflage cargo pants, James sat quietly in the dock as police successfully applied to revoke his bail.

His lawyer Jeremy Harper made no further application for bail.

Among the charges, James is facing single counts of child stealing and attempting to procure a child under 16 for sex, relating to his alleged abduction of a 13-year-old schoolgirl.

The teenager was reported missing after she left her home near Swan Hill on Tuesday last week.

James was arrested in Millicent in South Australia on Saturday, before magistrate Jack Fahey on Monday approved an extradition application made by members of the Ballarat Sexual Offence and Child Abuse Investigative Team.

Yesterday, the court heard James was on bail for other matters at the time of the alleged abduction.

He was due to appear in court on March 20 regarding charges of assault and assault by kicking, but failed to appear.

Magistrate Peter Couzens remanded James to reappear in court on June 19.

On Monday, James’ lawyer Ebony Cunningham told the Mount Gambier Magistrates Court her client would never have been in South Australia had the teenage girl not contacted him.

“He was attempting to protect a minor,” she said.

Ms Cunningham also claimed James had believed the girl was 20 years old until she purchased a train ticket to Ballarat last week.

Detective Senior Constable Adam Tink told the Mount Gambier court police had arrested James after receiving several tip-offs about the girl’s whereabouts.

 

http://www.thecourier.com.au/news/local/news/crime-and-law/police-to-apply-for-extradition-of-sebastopol-man/2530012.aspx

Police to apply for extradition of Sebastopol man

BY TOM MCILROY

23 Apr, 2012 12:27 PM

A SEBASTOPOL man will front Ballarat Magistrates Court tomorrow morning on child stealing charges after police applied successfully to extradite him from South Australia.

Dean Patrick James, 36, fronted court in Mount Gambier this morning, where Magistrate Jack Fahey granted his extradition.

It followed his arrest about 10am on Saturday in Millicent, in south-east South Australia.

South Australian Police Superintendent Peter Crouch said James was seen by a member of the public with the girl while sitting in a car at a swimming lake in the town.

Police seized the blue Ford station wagon the pair had been travelling in and charged James with attempting to procure a child under 16 for sex and child stealing.

A Millicent resident called police after noticing the girl wearing a school uniform on a Saturday.

The woman said she pretended to collect rubbish from around the lake to observe the pair before calling police.

The girl was driven by South Australian police officers to be reunited with her parents in Victoria on Saturday night.

She had been missing since Tuesday after travelling to Ballarat via Bendigo to meet James, who had allegedly groomed her via a social networking website.

James was remanded in custody and will face court in Mt Gambier today.

On Friday, Ballarat police said they had received information about sightings of the pair but officers would not disclose the location for fear of interfering with the hunt.

Kevin Chivers

Posted: October 21, 2012 by Serendipity in NSW, Photo, Sentenced
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http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/breaking-news/former-cop-jailed-for-raping-girl/story-e6freuz0-1225795160842

Former cop jailed for raping girl

  • From: AAP
  • November 06, 2009 6:40PM

A FORMER NSW policeman whose sexual assault of a girl began when she was 12 and progressed to rape has been sentenced to at least 10 years in jail.

Kevin Chivers, 60, served about 26 years as a police officer before he was arrested while at work in 2006 for the attacks, which began in 1997 and went on until 2003.

Chivers is already serving a minimum of three years and four months for the sexual assault of another girl in the early 1980s.

In the Downing Centre District Court today, Chivers hung his head as he was sentenced to a non-parole period of at least 10 years, with a maximum sentence of 15 years, for 10 charges of rape, attempted rape and indecent assault on the young girl.

The woman, now 23, sobbed as details of the attacks on her were read to the court by Judge Robyn Tupman, who described them as a “gross violation of her bodily integrity”.

When she was just 12 years old, Chivers had thrown her down on a bed and performed oral sex on her and then forced her to watch while he masturbated, the judge said.

After he finished, Chivers allegedly told her, “Sorry mate, I just had to do that”.

Later, when she was older, he raped her and on one occasion beat her.

When she asked him, “Why me?” he allegedly responded, “Come on mate, we’re friends, we have a special bond. It’ll stop when you’re 18. It happens all the time – it’s very common.”

Eventually, the girl became resigned to her fate and did not fight his advances, Judge Tupman said.

“She had become resigned to ongoing sexual contact with the offender … she did not resist any longer because she had come to accept that this was what was expected of her,” the judge said.

“She thought she had no choice.

“She believed that she loved the offender and … she also believed that the offender also loved her and this was just part of what she had to endure in her life.”

Judge Tupman described Chivers’ actions as a “gross violation of trust”.

“Children are entitled to enjoy their childhood and to be children, not be used by adults in this way,” she said.

“It’s a gross violation of the trust children ought to feel they can place in all adults.”

Outside court the woman said Chivers could “burn in hell”, but she was very happy with the result.
“All smiles from me – time to move on. (I’m) very happy,” she told reporters.

In handing down the sentence, Judge Tupman said he accepted that Chivers had been suffering from depression and anxiety relating to his job as a police officer, but said this in no way explained his behaviour.

She acknowledged he was effectively in solitary confinement for most of his time in prison because he had to be kept in protective custody with 12 high profile offenders.

He refused to associate with them because he was afraid of them, and only conversed with one other former police officer inmate, she said.

“I accept that he has a fear, genuinely based, that he may be murdered in the jail system, if not seriously harmed,” she said.

Chivers will be eligible for parole on October 15, 2019.

 

http://www.smh.com.au/national/angry-policeman-pays-for-his-years-of-molesting-children-20091101-hrky.html

Angry policeman pays for his years of molesting children

November 2, 2009

A policeman who preyed on young girls is now in protective custody as a convicted pedophile, writes Geesche Jacobsen.

KEVIN CHIVERS had been a police officer for more than two decades. Now his nearest neighbours are Michael Guider, killer of the schoolgirl Samantha Knight; Robert Farmer, the man who attacked Lauren Huxley; Michael Anthony Wallace, who murdered Zoe Zou; and a group of Pakistani gang rapists known as the K Brothers.

Chivers, 59, is in such company in strict protection in Goulburn prison because the former policeman is a convicted pedophile.

He has already been sentenced to three years in prison for sexually assaulting a girl in the 1980s. But on Friday he will be sentenced for another 10 counts of rape, attempted rape and indecent assault against a girl from 1997 to 2003.

”If he had been charged immediately after the first offences, not only would the others not have happened, but he would not have had years working as a police officer,” Judge Robyn Tupman said during a District Court sentencing hearing on Friday.

Claims that Chivers assaulted two other girls, including one in the mid-1970s, were not found proved, in separate trials, by juries which did not hear about the extent of the allegations against him.

The Herald can now reveal for the first time all these details and Chivers’s name and photograph. The woman he has been acquitted of assaulting in the 1970s when the teenager was babysitting his children, had tried to tell her grandmother about the attacks, but says she was told: ”Sweetheart, there are some things you have got to take to your grave.”

”I was frightened. In those days he was a policeman, you didn’t report things like that … You were classified as a slut,” she told the court last year.

The woman then told someone about the alleged attacks about 10 years ago when she was undergoing hypnosis to lose weight, but denied her memories were false.

Another woman, who was assaulted by Chivers in the mid-1980s when she was aged 10 or 11, said she felt ”waves of terror” and believed he would kill her. ”He was a policeman. He was the law … How could a child say anything against a police officer?”

As a joke, he allegedly locked her up in the police cells with another girl and her teddy bear, which was tendered in court. He allegedly told them: ”This is what happens to naughty people.”

The other girl also came forward in 2006 alleging he had assaulted her but three times before she had denied she too had been abused and the jury acquitted him of those charges.

His behaviour was exposed only three years ago when his last victim, then in her early 20s, contacted police. She had been repeatedly sexually assaulted by Chivers over six years and the Crown alleged he was ”an opportunist [who] molested her whenever circumstances arose”.

He admitted he once assaulted her when he was angry, but has denied all allegations of sexual abuse against any girls.

Even his lawyer argued that he was an ”extremely difficult” man who was ”often cranky” and had been diagnosed with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The woman, in evidence, spoke of his ”Gollum side”, after the character in The Lord of the Rings.

During the argument, which he admitted, he threw a plate of ice-cream at her before grabbing her by the throat and pushing her against a door. The next day he visited her and showed her a piece of paper headed ”hitlist”, with her name at the top, and those of her friends and family below. The woman had been emotionally vulnerable when Chivers began grooming her for abuse, the prosecutor had told the court.

In letters tendered in court, Chivers addressed her as ”Jane” and signed them as ”Boy” after the characters from the Tarzan books.

”I know it’s my fault and you don’t have to keep saying it. I realise it every day,” he wrote to her after the abuse ended.

”Jane, I know I’ve had some dumb ideas in the past, but they are in the past.”

The names of his victims and the other women who accused him of assault cannot be published for legal reasons. Judge Tupman also stressed there was no suggestion Chivers had ever offended against any of the children attending his wife’s childcare centre.

”It is an entirely peripheral matter,” she said and there was no need for concern or worry by members of the public.

His barrister, Michael Pickin, told the court Chivers should get a sentence of perhaps five to seven years. He urged the court to take into account his client’s post-traumatic stress, caused by his work in the police force, and the conditions in jail.

Chivers is being held in protective custody and has been threatened in prison. Mr Pickin said he was being housed in a unit with people regarded as pariahs by other inmates.

 

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Jeffrey Frank Chadwick

Posted: October 21, 2012 by Serendipity in Location, Queensland, Sentenced
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http://www.gladstoneobserver.com.au/story/2011/08/25/child-pornographer-gets-3-years/

Child pornographer gets 3 years

Emily Blatchford | 25th August 2011

THE MOTHERS of two children who were indecently photograhed for a man’s personal pornography collection had mixed feelings about his three-year sentence, delivered in Gladstone District Court yesterday.

Jeffrey Frank Chadwick, 41, pleaded guilty to a series of child pornography charges, including the indecent treatment of children under 12 years of age.

He was sentenced to 3 years in jail but will be eligible for parole after serving 12 months.

The mothers, who cannot be named for child protection reasons, said that altough they were relieved to see him locked away, that they wished he had received a harsher sentence.

“After what we’ve been through, and what our children have been through, I can’t believe he could be out in just one year,” one woman said.

“But I feel safer going to the local shopping centre and knowing that, for twelve months, I won’t bump into him.”

Crown prosecutor Joshua Phillips told the court that, on several unknown dates between Jan 1 2007 and Dec 1 2008, Chadwick had taken indecent photos of children at his house in Gladstone.

Seven children were involved in the conduct, and were the friends of Chadwick’s own children.

“You tell your kids about stranger danger, but I can’t tell you how devastating it was to know that I was allowing my kids to go and play at this man’s house,” a mother of one little girl said.

In a transcribed interview with police, excerpts of which were referred to by Mr Phillips in court, Chadwick admitted to “having a problem” and that he had taken the pictures of his children’s friends, “for his own enjoyment.”

He did not say what that enjoyment entailed.

He also admitted to cropping the photos to focus on particular parts of the children’s bodies.

He said that he would not take similar photographs of his own children.

District Court Judge Wall Q.C. said described Chadwick’s behaviour as “disgraceful.”

“I think that your actions were predatory, pre-meditated and persistent,” he said. “Your offending was prolonged, ongoing, and involved seven different children that had been entrusted to your care.”

 

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2007-04-11/man-sentenced-to-25-years-for-abuse-of-17-boys/2239032

Man sentenced to 25 years for abuse of 17 boys

Posted Wed Apr 11, 2007 8:29am AEST

A 62-year-old man who has admitted to sexually abusing 17 boys, including one from the Dubbo area in western new South Wales, has been sentenced to a maximum of 24 years jail.

David John Boddy, formerly from Wongarbon near Dubbo, committed offences against boys for almost 30 years from 1977 through his standing in church and school groups.

The Newcastle District Court was told he lived in Wongarbon from 1989 to 1991 when he abused a 12-year-old local boy he befriended through a school and church.

He was also a registered carer with the Department of Community Services and supervised boys at the Allanville Home in Wellington.

Last week he was sentenced to a minimum of 16 years in jail and will be eligible for release in May 2021.

 

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