http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-05/paedophile-paramedic-sentence-13-years-sexual-abuse-22-girls-qld/8500040

Paedophile paramedic sentenced to 13 years’ jail for sexual abuse of 22 girls across three states

By Isobel Roe

Updated 5 May 2017, 6:28pm

A former Queensland ambulance officer has been sentenced to 13 years in jail for “depraved” sexual abuse of 22 young girls across several states over a 10-year period.

The victims of 49-year-old Jason David Brooker were in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, with the youngest being 11 years old.

Brooker, who was between 38 and 47 years of age at the time of offending, contacted young girls via social media sites Kik, Tagged and Facebook using the name ‘Jaz’, ‘David Bourne’ or ‘David Brook’.

In the District Court in Toowoomba on Tuesday, Brooker pleaded guilty to 57 charges, including maintaining a relationship with a child under 16, carnal knowledge, indecent treatment and making and possessing child exploitation material.

The offending was carried out from Brooker’s home in Warwick on Queensland’s Southern Downs between 2005 and 2015, when one victim raised the alarm and police raided his property.

The court heard Brooker often paid for mobile phone credit for the young girls or offered to “get them into modelling” in exchange for naked photographs, and threatened to release the photos on the internet if the girls did not comply with requests for more explicit material.

Offender videoed sex with 14yo girl

Crown prosecutor Elizabeth Kelso told the court the most serious offending was involving a 14-year-old girl, who he lured via social media pretending to be a 16-year-old boy.

After several webcam chats where Brooker asked the girl to take off her clothes, the pair met multiple times including at a park and a hotel in the Brisbane suburb of Brookside.

Ms Kelso told the court the girl had not told her parents where she was going.

“[Brooker] filmed some of those interactions,” Ms Kelso said.

“In that footage he can be seen undressing the complainant.”

The pair then had sexual intercourse, which was also recorded on video.

‘I was made to feel like a disgusting human being’

During police raids of Brooker’s Warwick home in 2015, officers found a disc containing 83 photos of the girl in states of undress.

The court was read a victim impact statement from that girl, who is now an adult.

“[I] feel sick because of the visual memories,” the statement read.

“I feared for my life and my family’s too — I was made to feel like a disgusting human being.”

Ms Kelso said Brooker would request naked pictures and send pictures of his own genitalia to other girls.

The victims often found out the person they were talking to was not a 16-year-old boy when Brooker turned on his own webcam.

Ms Kelso said Brooker would often tell his victims he loved. If they refused his advances, he would threaten the victims with knowing where they lived.

“If the complainants became reluctant or started to ignore the defendant, he became angry,” she said.

“Where he had provided them money, he would tell them he felt he’d been ripped off.”

Ms Kelso said the most disturbing thing about Brooker’s conduct was the “meticulous” nature of the thousands of photos and videos in his child exploitation collection, found during the police raids.

Some of the exploitation material was of children as young as three years old.

“Not only was is stored electronically, it was also stored on CDs identified with the girls name, age and locations,” Ms Kelso said.

The raids also uncovered stolen prescription drugs and uniforms from the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS).

Brooker left the QAS during the 10 years of offending and began to work for a private firm as a paramedic.

Offender wrote apology letter, court told

Brooker’s defence lawyer David Jones told the court his client had not shared any of the child exploitation material he created.

He said Brooker’s conduct was largely inexplicable, but he had written a letter of apology and was on the road to rehabilitation.

In sentencing, Judge Deborah Richards told the court one incident involved threatening a young child with harm.

“You said: ‘If you don’t send me nudes I’ll track down your address and hurt your family’ — she was 11 years old,” the judge said.

Judge Richards said Brooker offended with the hope of having each of the girls have sex with him.

“You did make admissions … but downplayed the criminality of your actions on many occasions,” she said.

“This was persistent, depraved behaviour over a long period of time.”

Judge Deborah Richards chose not to label Brooker a serious violent offender.

He will be eligible to apply for parole in January 2021, six years after he was taken into custody.

 

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Hamilton district man to spend eight months behind bars

Clare Quirk and Andrew Thomson
31 Mar 2017, 2:30 p.m.

A Hamilton district man who strongly encouraged a teenage girl to send four intimate images of herself has been jailed.

Mark Stephen McLellan, 48, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to procuring a child to make child pornography and possessing child pornography.

McLellan was sentenced to eight months jail and will be placed on the sex offenders register for 15 years.

Magistrate Cynthia Toose said McLellan engaged in sexualised conversations with the victim which Ms Toose understood to be a form of grooming.

She said victim impact statements from the mother of the victim and the victim demonstrated how the offending would have long and lasting impacts on both of them.

Ms Toose said it had been submitted by McLellan’s defence counsel that time in custody would impact on his poor health and the health of his wife.

She said specific deterrence was a significant factor in sentencing, particularly to any young people who were misguided and sent intimate images to one another.

She said McLellan behaved for his own sexual gratification and the victim was manipulated so he could meet his own needs.

Ms Toose said the court needed to send a message to young people and others that this type of conduct would not be tolerated.

The maximum penalty for each offence is two years’ imprisonment.

In a separate hearing a Hamilton man who slapped his partner’s face as hard as he could was placed on a community corrections order.

Ben Khawli, 31, of Norma Avenue, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to unlawful assault, breaching an intervention order and having a homemade firearm.

On Friday he was placed on a 12-month community corrections order, ordered to do 120 hours of community work and jailed 16 days, which he has already served.

Ms Toose said she hoped he would embrace the opportunity for rehabilitation.

The court previously heard that on the morning of February 27 Khawli and the victim argued over relationship issues, it became heated and he punched a hole in a door.​

On March 16 the couple had another confrontation about relationship issues and Khawli said he slapped the woman as hard as he could. Police arrested him and a search located one gram of cannabis and a home-made metal firearm.

Defence counsel Belinda Northey said the firearm was similar to an orange gun and was to be used to fire out fishing sinkers and hooks while fishing. She said it was not operational.

 

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New Zealand man jailed for raping Melbourne woman after failed bid to deport him

By Emma Younger

Updated 7 Jun 2017, 3:24pm

A New Zealand-born man has been jailed for raping a woman in her Melbourne home two years after the Immigration Department tried to have him deported over his violent criminal history.

Carl Stafford broke into the 53-year-old woman’s St Kilda apartment and subjected her to a 45-minute attack in which she was raped, taunted and mocked.

The 42-year-old was sentenced to 10 years’ jail over the August 2015 attack, which took place two years after the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) overturned the cancellation of his visa.

An Immigration Department official had tried to have Stafford deported in 2013, by which time he had accumulated a lengthy and violent criminal history that began when he was a teenager.

But the AAT overturned the decision, despite finding he “does pose a risk that the Australian community deserves to be protected from”.

Rapist’s mother used home as brothel

In his 2013 ruling, a senior member of the AAT, John Handley, said Stafford had arrived in Australia as a three-year-old and it was virtually the only country he had ever known.

“He has no friends or family in New Zealand to offer support and all those close to him reside in Australia,” he said.

“In addition to his substance abuse, the applicant suffers from mental illness for which he needs ongoing treatment and support.”

Stafford moved to Australia with his sex worker mother, who used his childhood home as a brothel.

Mr Handley found welfare agencies had failed to intervene, something which could have prevented his life of drug abuse and crime.

“Much of his offending was impulsive and connected with his poor mental health,” Mr Handley said.

“The Australian community should bear some responsibility for the absence of intervention and should not, in my view, dismiss the applicant by returning him to his place of birth.”

‘I’ve been watching you’, Stafford told victim

The Victorian County Court heard Stafford had smoked ice in the hours before he broke into the woman’s home and was intending to steal.

Stafford has had a methamphetamine addiction since he was a teenager.

The woman woke up to hear her attacker at about 2:00am, and yelled out to him.

The court was told Stafford raped the woman in an opportunistic and prolonged attack in which he told her: “I know you live by yourself, I’ve been watching you.”

It took the woman about 45 minutes to escape her home and flag down a taxi driver for help.

Police arrested Stafford as he tried to leave the woman’s home with her mobile phone.

He initially denied breaking in or attacking his victim, but eventually pleaded guilty to three counts of rape and one charge of aggravated burglary.

The court was told Stafford’s victim had lost all sense of security.

Poor prospects of rehabilitation

Judge David Brookes said Stafford’s prospects of rehabilitation were dependant on him abstaining from drugs and remaining on medication for schizophrenia.

In allowing him to stay in Australia in 2013, Mr Handley said Stafford would face “considerable difficulty” fighting the cancellation of his visa if he committed further crimes.

During the review, Stafford had told him: “I know this is the last chance, I’m too old to keep offending.”

“If I can stay, I will not let you down,” Stafford told Mr Handley.

Stafford will be eligible for parole in seven years.

The AAT said it did not comment on individual cases.

 

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Perth taxi driver jailed for sexually assaulting sleeping passenger

By Joanna Menagh

Posted 24 Feb 2017, 4:08pm

A Perth taxi driver has been jailed for sexually assaulting a female passenger who fell asleep while he was driving her home.

The offence happened in December 2007, but Mohamed Rashad Abdul Raheem was not charged until the case was reviewed using new DNA technology two years ago.

He denied the allegation, but was found guilty by a jury after a trial in the District Court.

The woman, who was 18 at the time, had been socialising with friends in the city in the week before Christmas 2007, when she flagged down Abdul Raheem’s taxi in the early hours of the morning to take her home.

She was tired and fell asleep, but woke to find her dress pulled up to her waist and Abdul Raheem sexually assaulting her.

Driver breached obligation

The court heard the offence lasted only a “matter of seconds” and the woman didn’t say anything at the time because she was “scared and fearful” of what Abdul Raheem might to do.

She later reported the matter to police.

Judge Julie Wager said Abdul Raheem had breached his obligation as a taxi driver to take customers home safely.

“You took advantage of a vulnerable young woman and offended against her,” the judge told the 45-year-old father of three.

“Young women need to know if they catch a taxi home they will not be violated.”

Abdul Raheem’s lawyer, Simon Freitag, had suggested his client could receive a suspended jail term, describing him as an otherwise “hardworking, good husband and father, and contributing member of society” who had not offended before and would not offend again.

Judge Wager accepted that Abdul Rheem was otherwise of impeccable character, but said she could not suspend the term.

“People need to know that if taxi drivers offend in this way there will be repercussions and that is an immediate term of imprisonment,” she said.

In sentencing Abdul Raheem to 16 months’ jail, Judge Wager said she had shown “a degree of mercy” because of the burden and distress the jail term would cause his family.

Abdul Raheem will have to serve eight months before he can be released on parole.

 

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Music teacher with stocking fetish jailed for five years for indecently recording students

By Joanna Menagh

Posted 23 May 2017, 5:58pm

A music teacher with a fetish for stockings has been sentenced to five years’ jail for indecently recording dozens of his young students at West Australian schools.

Christopher Ryan Jones, 32, mostly used an app on his mobile phone to secretly record the 40 female victims, who were aged between six and 15, over a three-year period.

Many of the recordings were made during music classes or at recess at the schools in WA’s south and south east where he was teaching.

He also admitted to indecently recording a six-year-old girl in a supermarket and an 11-year-old at a scout jamboree.

Jones was caught when he left one of his phones at school and a teacher discovered the recordings and reported him to the deputy principal.

A search of his home then uncovered thousands of child exploitation images on electronic devices.

The District Court was told Jones had a fetish for stockings and tights, and the recordings focused on the girls’ legs and upper thighs.

He later transferred them onto a computer and viewed them for his own sexual gratification.

On two occasions he set up a hidden camera in a school storeroom and recorded students changing their clothing.

Offences ‘cunning’ but not worst of their kind, judge says

Chief Judge Kevin Sleight said those offences involved “some planning” and were particularly “cunning”.

He also said that over time, Jones had become more “confident and brazen” because he had regularly placed his phone on the ground to record the victims’ legs.

Judge Sleight said Jones’ offences were serious because they had the effect of undermining the confidence parents have in schools and made it more difficult for male teachers to be trusted.

However, he said Jones’ offending was “far from the worst of its kind” saying he had not touched his victims who were mostly fully clothed with their legs covered by the tights or stockings.

Judge Sleight also took into account Jones’ pleas of guilty to the 60 charges against him, saying it had avoided the need for 40 children to come to court to give evidence.

Jones will have to serve three years before he can be released on parole.

With time already served, his earliest release date is August next year.

 

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Community supervision order extended for convicted child sex offender Aaron David Vincent

Shannon Tonkin
2 Jul 2017, 3:34 p.m.

A convicted child sexual predator who told a psychologist he planned to prey on children again as soon as he was released from jail will have his every move monitored by Corrective Services for the next five years.

NSW Supreme Court judge Justice Ian Harrison on Friday ordered Wollongong man Aaron David Vincent be subject to a five-year extended supervision order after finding he had a “chronic and permanent” attraction to children that made the chance of him committing further serious sex offences “inevitable”.

Under the order, Vincent will have to adhere to 55 conditions including wearing an ankle monitor, providing a weekly schedule of movements, not attend places where children congregate and undergoing drug and alcohol testing.

He will also have his social media use monitored and he’s been banned from changing his name or appearance without consent from his supervising officer.

Vincent’s history of inappropriate sexual behaviour and comments stems back to the mid-2000s when he told a woman he was talking to online that he had sexually assaulted female relatives. He later told investigating police it was “just a joke”.

However, Vincent’s behaviour escalated from there: in 2009 told a woman he’d contacted in an internet chat room that he had abused girls as young as two years old, while in 2011 he was convicted of possessing child pornography.

He was sentenced to short jail terms on both occasions.

His most serious offence to date occurred in March 2014 when he had sex with an underage girl in his Wollongong apartment.

Judge Paul Conlon jailed Vincent 15 months but he was released on parole after 10 months. He has since committed further crimes, including violating orders banning him from being near children.

He is currently behind bars after being arrested on May 29 for further contraventions of court orders.

Justice Harrison said Vincent’s criminal history showed a “pattern of offending”, however he also expressed considerable concern about what Vincent himself had told psychologists and telephone help lines about his intentions towards children when released.

The court heard Vincent had contacted help lines in the past and falsely “disclosed” sexual offences he’d committed against children. On each occasion he would masturbate while making the disclosures.

Vincent also told psychologists he was “unable to change his behaviour” and would act on his urges, telling one doctor “I don’t know what I would do if I was left alone in a room with [female] children”.

Justice Harrison acknowledged that Vincent was willing to try anti-libido medicine but said the outlook for any sort of recovery was bleak.

“I am unable presently to foresee a time when the risk that Mr Vincent will commit a further serious sex offence will not be present,” he said.

“I can’t ignore the fact that Mr Vincent has acknowledged himself that there is a real risk if he is left alone with a female child.

“I consider that Mr Vincent’s risk risk can be managed but it can never be eradicated.”

Extended supervision order conditions for Aaron Vincent:

*Electronic monitoring

*Weekly schedule of movements (not to be changed with supervising officer’s permission)

*Live at an approved address and abide by nighttime curfew

*No visitors or overnight guests without prior approval from Corrective Services

*Banned from attending cinemas, schools, theme parks, concerts, sport playing fields, pools, caravan parks or anywhere else children congregate

*Banned from adult shops where sexually explicit material or entertainment is sold

*No job, volunteer work or educational course without prior approval

*Regular random drug and alcohol testing

*No contact with anyone under 18 unless approved by supervising officer

*Inform supervising officer if any any intimate relationship begins

*Provide a list of all internet accounts and devices used to access them

*Consent to body searches

*Not to change name or appearance without approval from supervising officer

*Surrender any travel documents including passport

*Attend all rehabilitation programs and courses directed by supervising officer

*Non-association with people consuming or under the influence of illegal drugs

 

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Wollongong child sex offender Aaron David Vincent likely to be freed

By MICHELLE WEBSTER

Feb. 25, 2015, 9 p.m.

A convicted child sex offender who confessed to having sex with an under-age girl in his Wollongong apartment will be eligible for release from jail later this week.

Aaron David Vincent, 28, pleaded guilty in Port Kembla Local Court last year to one count of having sex with a child aged 14 to 16 years, stemming from a sexual encounter he had with a 15-year-old girl in March 2014.

During sentencing procedures in Sutherland District Court on Wednesday, the court heard Vincent and the girl had agreed to “hang out” during the weekend of March 24 and at one point went to his Victoria Street unit.

They began kissing and had consensual sex.

The following day, Vincent detailed the sexual encounter to a Lifeline counsellor via an internet chat forum, and the matter was referred to police.

Although the victim initially refused to assist with the investigation, she eventually provided a statement to police at the end of April, leading to Vincent’s arrest.

Vincent pleaded guilty in Port Kembla Local Court last November to a charge of under-age sex.

The court also heard Vincent had been placed on the child protection register after he was caught with child pornography in South Australia in 2011.

In sentencing Vincent on Wednesday, Judge Paul Conlon said the offending was at the lower end of the scale and he had shown contrition for his actions.

“The way in which he has disclosed his offending conduct is an indication of the guilt he felt for his conduct,” he told the court.

He was sentenced to a non-parole period of 10 months and with time served will be eligible for release on February 28. Judge Conlon imposed an additional five-month supervised parole period.

 

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Former University of Canberra lecturer Arthur Hoyle jailed for rape, indecent assault

By Elizabeth Byrne

Updated about 10 hours ago

Former University of Canberra law lecturer Arthur Hoyle has been sentenced to four years in jail for raping one student and committing acts of indecency against three others.

Hoyle, 67, was found guilty in April of raping one student and indecently assaulting others that he lured to his office under the pretence of plagiarism meetings.

During Friday’s hearing, his lawyer Kieren Ginges said: “It’s a horrendous offence.”

“If there’s sexual intercourse without consent then it’s a severe breach of personal liberty and rights, and it does traumatise people for life.”

He also said there was no violence involved and the offences were at the lower end of the spectrum.

In sentencing, Justice Michael Elkaim noted the vulnerability of the students and that Hoyle had abused a position of trust.

He also rejected suggestions Hoyle’s offending was a product of any mental impairment or brain disease.

“He was in a position of authority, trust and influence,” Justice Elkaim said.

“He abused this position.”

In all, five women came forward with complaints about Hoyle, which included claims he inappropriately touched and tried to kiss them.

Hoyle was suspended from the university in April 2015 when the complaints were raised.

Three of his victims, all international students, wrote letters to Justice Elkaim, that were read out in court last month.

One victim said she remained too upset to talk to anyone about what happened to her.

“My husband didn’t know about the incident and I had to lie about why the police and [prosecutors] contacted me,” the court heard.

“I will never tell my family, my husband or anyone in the future.”

Hoyle will serve a non-parole period of two and a half years, and will be eligible for release in 2019.

 

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University of Canberra sexual assault victim says her husband ‘still doesn’t know’ about incident

By Ewan Gilbert

Posted 17 May 2017, 5:40pm

The victims of a former University of Canberra law lecturer found guilty of rape and indecent assault have described their ongoing horror to the ACT Supreme Court.

Last month, Arthur Marshall Hoyle, 67, was found guilty of raping one student and indecently assaulting others that he lured to his office under the pretence of plagiarism meetings.

The court heard one of the students was raped by the lecturer in his office while having a discussion about alleged plagiarism.

Three of his victims, all international students, wrote letters to Justice Michael Elkaim about how the case had affected them.

Each asked for their statements to be read aloud in the court today.

One victim said she remained too upset to talk to anyone about what happened to her.

“My husband didn’t know about the incident and I had to lie about why the police and [prosecutors] contacted me,” the court heard.

“I will never tell my family, my husband or anyone in the future.”

The court heard another victim feared to go to university following the incident.

“I started asking myself if I had made a mistake to choose to study at the University of Canberra,” the victim wrote.

“I started thinking that Asian students are being treated unfairly in the university and Arthur was being racist.

“I couldn’t believe a professor would have ever been so sleazy and disrespectful to students.”

A third victim wrote she often felt depressed and cried for no reason.

“I don’t sleep well — about four hours at night,” the woman said.

“I become angry easily and quarrel with my boyfriend. I just want this matter to be over and go on with my life.”

Hoyle was suspended from the university in April 2015 when the allegations were raised by the victims.

Hoyle is due to be sentenced later this year.

 

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