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Man who strangled, raped Adelaide escort jailed for eight years

By Loukas Founten

Fri 29 Aug 2014, 4:41pm

A man who strangled and raped an escort in an Adelaide hotel room has been jailed for eight years.

Ronald Daniel Pelly, 31, was found guilty of rape and assault causing harm.

Pelly, an oil and gas rigger, was in Adelaide on leave from his job in Papua New Guinea when he booked an escort to meet him at a hotel in Hindley Street in April last year, the District Court heard.

The pair engaged in consensual sexual activity before Pelly requested a particular act and the woman refused.

Judge Sydney Tilmouth said Pelly strangled the woman “to the point of unconsciousness” then dragged her to a sofa and raped her.

“She, as much as anyone else, is entitled to equal protection before the law,” Judge Tilmouth said.

“You had a bent for unconstrained sex that night, both before and during these events.

“You used overbearing force in degrading and humiliating circumstances.

“You denied the offences on oath, blaming matters on a disagreement about how much would be charged.

“There was no sign of contrition or remorse, still less regret for the events of this evening.”

Judge Tilmouth said Pelly had been working in the oil drilling industry for seven-and-a-half years and had worked his way up to a “responsible and prized” position.

Pelly’s eight-year sentence and five-year non-parole period were backdated to start on the day of the incident, when he was arrested and taken into custody.


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Posted: August 29, 2014 by Serendipity in South Australia
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Sexual offender Grant Western jailed for abusing boys

Posted Tue 22 Jul 2014, 1:13pm AEST

A man has been jailed for five years for sexually abusing three boys in Adelaide decades earlier.

Grant Western, 61, was found guilty of two counts of indecent assault and three of unlawful sexual intercourse.

The District Court was told two of Western’s victims were newspaper sellers in the city, and he met another met at the Royal Adelaide show in the late 1980s.

Western drove taxis at the time and gave one boy money in exchange for sexual encounters in public toilets.

Judge David Smith said the offending started in 1974 when the first victim was just 12.

He told Western his predatory and self-gratifying behaviour had lasting effects on his victims.

Judge Smith said Western had not admitted his guilt nor shown remorse and would be vulnerable in jail.

Western can seek parole in three years.


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Judge rejects busker Michael Molloy’s claim he is ‘not really a paedophile’ after indecently assaulting girl

By court reporter James Hancock

Posted about an hour ago

A man’s claim he was not really a paedophile when he indecently assaulted a five-year-old girl at a school playground has been rejected by a South Australian judge.

Michael John Molloy, 26, has been sentenced to four years’ jail, but with time already served could be out on parole from the middle of next year.

He stared at the floor throughout the hearing and gave no reaction to the prison term.

The District Court heard Molloy, a busker at the time, stopped at Mount Gambier on his way from Warrnambool in Victoria to Adelaide, in November 2013.

He met three children at a school playground and assaulted one of them, a five-year-old girl.

He was sentenced for indecent assault and producing and possessing child pornography.

The court was told he had drawn child pornography on paper and on his guitar and searched for child pornography using his mobile phone.

Molloy told the court he was not really a paedophile and blamed taking amphetamines for his actions.

But Judge Wayne Chivell rejected the claim, saying drugs may have reduced Molloy’s inhibitions, but the idea was there in the first place.

“I reject the idea that you do not have paedophilic tendances,” Judge Chivell said.

“You clearly developed a paedophilic obsession in the night and morning before those offences occurred.

“You behaved as a sexual predator that day … said you would rape a pre-teen girl today.”

The judge said the crime had serious impact on the girl.

“The mother says the victim has changed from an outgoing, bubbly and confident six-year-old to a fearful, anxious and clingy child.”

Judge Chivell said hopefully the victim would recover from the incident, but pointed out that unfortunately many victims of such abuse do not.



Busker a ‘sick, selfish monster’ for indecently assaulting five-year-old girl in South Australia

By Loukas Founten

Updated about 2 hours ago

A travelling busker who indecently assaulted a five-year-old girl on a school playground while affected by drugs has been described as a “sick, selfish monster” by the child’s mother.

Michael John Molloy, 26, was travelling to Adelaide from Warrnambool in November 2013 when he met three children on the playground in South Australia’s south-east and assaulted one of them.

The District Court heard he had drawn child pornography on paper and on his guitar and searched for child pornography using his mobile phone before the assault.

In a victim impact statement read to the court by the prosecutor, the victim’s mother said her daughter was now “non-social, sad and untrusting”.

She said because of one “sick, selfish monster” her daughter was frightened by adult men and was constantly by her side.

“Because of one adult’s vile, disgusting and selfish behaviour, our little girl has changed. Our family has changed,” the mother said.

“As a mother it breaks my heart. How dare he do this to our beautiful, precious little baby?”

Molloy is awaiting sentencing for indecent assault and producing and possessing child pornography.

He had faced a charge of unlawful sexual intercourse but Judge Wayne Chivell found that his touching had not involved penetration and found him guilty of indecent assault instead.

The event took place on a Saturday when the children’s parents were watching a sporting event at the school.

Case draws on children’s evidence

The case relied mainly on the evidence of the victim, her eight-year-old brother and six-year-old cousin.

During the trial, the children were permitted to give unsworn evidence after the judge ruled that they understood the difference between telling the truth and a lie.

The court heard Molloy had talked with the children and played them songs on his guitar.

The girl also told the court Molloy said she was pretty and would have asked to marry her if he were younger.

The court heard the girl’s mother was concerned when she found him still at the playground with the children later and contacted police.

He was found with crude hand-drawn child pornography on bank documents and maps with captions which included “sex with preteen girl 6 y.o.”, “rape” and “child rape”.

Molloy’s guitar also featured similar images and he had searched for child pornography using his mobile phone before the incident.

Among the search terms found on his phone, he had entered “i will rape a preteen girl today” earlier that morning.

Molloy blames methylamphetamine use

Defence lawyer Nick Healy told the court the offending was “bizarre”.

He said his client was in a “drug-induced state” having consumed methylamphetamine the night before and his “state of mind was altered by the drug”.

“Mr Molloy doesn’t try and blame anyone but himself. He blames the drug abuse,” Mr Healy said.

“He doesn’t admit paedophilic tendencies. In fact, he’s revolted by it because he has a child of his own.

“Mr Molloy is contrite. He doesn’t seek to shy away now. He doesn’t seek to maintain now that he is innocent.”

Mr Healy said Molloy had shown a “refreshing insight” into his behaviour and had planned to abstain from drug use.

He said Molloy told a psychiatrist, “it’s destroyed my life, not to mention that of the victim and her family”.

“He’s a young man with a troubled past, a young man who is capable of rehabilitation,” Mr Healy said.

He said Molloy would be monitored upon his release as a sex offender and would have great difficulty getting access to his son.

He was having a difficult time in prison due to the nature of his offending and because some prison guards knew the victim and her family.

Prosecutor Vanessa Burrows said it was a serious crime that warranted immediate imprisonment.

“The insight is limited in the way the defendant blames drugs,” she said.

“The drugs might explain the offending but it doesn’t mitigate it.

“The offending was brazen, given the presence of other children nearby and the presence of the children’s’ parents nearby.”

Molloy has been in custody since the day of the offending, and will be sentenced next month.

Molester’s hearing delayed


November 20, 2014, 12:42 pm

Lawyers can’t obtain a psychiatric report on a busker who molested a girl in a school playground because he is being housed in police cells, a judge has been told.

“He has been in this facility for nearly three weeks, being fed God-knows what and with no ability for exercise or sunlight,” lawyer Nick Healy said in the South Australian District Court.

Michael John Molloy, 26, was due to face a sentence hearing on Thursday, but Mr Healy said the matter could not proceed as the defence required him to be psychiatrically assessed.

In August, Judge Wayne Chivell found Molloy guilty of aggravated indecent assault in November 2013 at a Mount Gambier primary school playground.

At the judge-alone trial, Molloy admitted that on the previous night he had searched the internet for child pornography, using terms, including ‘I will rape a pre-teen girl today’ and ‘little nude girls’.

He said he drew pornography and wrote pornographic captions on his guitar and other items on the same night while under the influence of methamphetamine.

Mr Healy said his client, who has been in custody since his arrest in November 2013, was currently being housed in Adelaide’s Holden Hill watchhouse.

He said people should only be held there for up to two days and there were no rooms where an assessment could take place.

The lawyers had previously tried to arrange psychiatric appointments at other facilities where Molloy was being housed, but he was twice moved before this could take place.

Describing the situation as “very unsatisfactory”, Judge Molloy adjourned the case to December 4 to enable the defence to pursue the matter.

Busker indecently assaulted 5yo girl at SA school playground, court finds

By court reporter Loukas Founten

Mon 25 Aug 2014, 6:04pm

A travelling busker has been found guilty of indecently assaulting a five-year-old girl at a school playground in South Australia after playing guitar to a group of kids.

Michael John Molloy, 26, had been on his way to Adelaide from Warrnambool in Victoria last November when he performed songs for three children at a playground in the south-east of SA.

The District Court was told the children’s parents had been nearby watching sport at the school.

Molloy was charged with unlawful sexual intercourse, but Judge Wayne Chivell ruled the touching had not involved penetration so found the man guilty of indecent assault instead.

The case had relied on the young victim’s evidence and that of her eight-year-old brother and a six-year-old cousin.

The children were allowed to give unsworn evidence after the judge ruled they understood the difference between truth and lies.

The prosecution said Molloy had spoken with the children, then played his guitar for them.

The trial heard he told the five-year-old he liked seeing her do cartwheels and hang upside down on the play equipment because he could see her belly.

Molloy asked the children where the toilet was, and it was alleged he then took the girl toward the building while having an inappropriate conversation with her.

Mum rang police after seeing man in playground

The court heard the girl’s mother became concerned about seeing a man at the playground with the children and contacted police.

Officers found Molloy with hand-drawn child pornography on paper, similar images on the guitar itself, and a search using the words child pornography had been made on his mobile phone.

Molloy denied he went to the school intending to find children, saying it was a Saturday and he had not expected anyone would be there.

He admitted using drugs the previous night and said thoughts of child pornography had arisen then, so he drew images as a form of therapy.

“Under the influence of drugs, I’ve heard everyone gets the thoughts,” he told the trial.

“It’s what you do with them, and that’s what I chose to do with them.”

Judge impressed with girl’s evidence

Judge Chivell said he had weighed up the children’s evidence carefully in reaching his verdict.

“I formed a very favourable impression of (the girl’s) credibility and reliability when she gave evidence,” he said.

“She is a very bright and articulate child. She gave a clear description of the relevant events.”

Judge Chivell said he was less impressed with Molloy’s evidence, which he described as “unsatisfactory and implausible in many important respects”.

“Mr Molloy was completely unable to explain why he asked the children where the toilets were when he well knew where they were; his phone was charging outside them,” he said.

“As it turned out, he did not need to go to the toilet anyway. I found Mr Molloy to be a most unsatisfactory witness, one whose evidence could not be relied upon.”

Judge Chivell said Molloy’s trial evidence had provided “strong support for (the girl’s) evidence that Mr Molloy sexually assaulted her that day”.

Molloy is in custody and will be sentenced later.


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Former citizen of the year Benjamin Maynard loses appeal against sex-offence jailing in SA

By court reporter Loukas Founten

Fri 21 Nov 2014, 3:39pm

A former young citizen of the year who sent sexually-explicit text messages to a teenage girl has lost an appeal against his two-year jail sentence in South Australia.

Aboriginal community engagement officer Benjamin Peter Maynard, 26, was jailed in August after pleading guilty to charges including child grooming and child pornography.

He said he had no intention of taking what he called a “phone sex” relationship any further.

Maynard started communicating with the girl while working at her Adelaide northern suburbs school last year.

The girl’s friends found and reported a message on her phone which had an explicit photo.

Maynard admitted sending and receiving nude images and that he had the girl had discussed having sex.

But he argued in court he would never have done so, despite ample opportunity, and the sentence should be suspended.

The Court of Criminal Appeal found the sentencing judge correctly applied the law and the prison term was upheld.

Maynard can seek parole next May.

He was Salisbury Council’s young citizen of the year in 2011 and argued without success the judge should have given him credit for previous good character.

New legislation this year allowed courts to ignore a person’s previous good character during sentencing for some child-sex matters, including when a court was satisfied good character and lack of previous convictions had helped an offender commit a crime.

Adelaide school worker jailed for two years for sending explicit images to 13-year-old girl

By Justin Wilkey

Fri 22 Aug 2014, 12:45pm

An Adelaide school worker has been jailed for two years for sending a young girl sexually explicit images of himself and having naked images of her on his phone.

Benjamin Peter Maynard, 26, was found guilty over his relationship with a 13-year-old girl while he worked at her northern suburbs school last year as an Aboriginal community engagement officer.

Maynard admitted sending nude images of himself to the girl and discussing having sex, but said he did not find her attractive.

He said he had ample opportunity to have sex with the girl, but would never had done so.

Maynard, who was Salisbury council’s young citizen of the year in 2011 and a former state league netball umpire, described his actions as disturbingly wrong.

In May last year a school friend of the victim informed the school of the images on her friend’s phone.

In sentencing the judge said Maynard had abused his position as an engagement officer and used it for his own sexual gratification and that it was a grave breach of trust.

He said: “Although it’s reasonably possible that you didn’t want to have sex with her, you made no intention to cease communication.”

Maynard cried as the non-parole period of nine months was read out to the court.

His supporters hugged and cried as he was led away.

Maynard will be eligible for parole in May 2015.


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Alan John Burton given suspended sentence for child pornography offences

By Rosemary Tierney

Thu 7 Aug 2014, 11:56am

An Adelaide man who admitted possessing and producing child pornography has been given a suspended sentence.

Alan John Burton, 31, of Paralowie, pleaded guilty in the Adelaide District Court to nine counts relating to child pornography.

Burton admitted he pretended to be a 12-year-old girl on internet chat forums.

Police found evidence of nearly 50 conversations between Burton’s girl persona and adult paedophiles.

When arrested, Burton said he did not realise he was committing an offence.

Judge Paul Muscat said Burton’s actions contributed to the “ongoing evil” associated with child sexual abuse.

He sentenced Burton to 18 months in jail with nine months non-parole.

Judge Muscat said Burton was remorseful and unlikely to reoffend, so suspended the sentence.

Kids’ charity volunteer jailed for sex abuse

Updated Wed Nov 28, 2007 12:50pm AEDT

A former volunteer for a children’s charity has been sentenced to eight years in prison for the sexual abuse of three boys he met over the Internet.

The District Court in Adelaide heard that Liam Mark Sullivan, 48, appeared to be a selfless volunteer for the Starlight Foundation, helping sick children.

But he was actually a paedophile luring young boys on a gay website he administered.

He offered two 14-year-olds and a 15-year-old alcohol and clothing in exchange for sex.

Judge Dean Clayton said the man was a predator who manipulated his victims.

Sullivan pleaded guilty to procuring the three boys for sex and to four charges of having sex with minors.

The court heard he also had 26 images of child pornography.

Sullivan is to serve a minimum of five years in jail.

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Teacher who had child pornography jailed by SA court

By court reporter Loukas Founten

Thu 23 Oct 2014, 3:45pm

A teacher who admitted downloading and viewing child pornography has been jailed for two years and nine months by an Adelaide court.

Michael Anthony Bocchino, 59, taught at Adelaide and Marryatville high schools but resigned from the Education Department after his arrest last January.

He pleaded guilty in the District Court to two counts of possessing child pornography and one of them aggravated because the children depicted were under 14.

Bocchino’s lawyer Kristopher Handshin told the court his client had been an exemplary and inspirational teacher, and a good man who made bad choices.

“That is heartbreaking for him because he felt it was his calling,” he told the court.

“He will never teach again. This man has really thrown his life away.

“He’s been an excellent and highly regarded educator.”

Judge Paul Muscat said as a teacher Bocchino should have known he was contributing to innocent children’s abuse by viewing pornography.

“It just beggars belief that in [your] position [you were] contributing to the trauma and abuse of innocent children,” the judge said.

“Whilst you would often feel guilt, shame and remorse the morning after downloading the child pornography, you continued to return to download this kind of pornography.

“There is much going in your favour in terms of your rehabilitation. Your acceptance of responsibility and seeking treatment are good signs that you will reform.”

Bocchino has been set a non-parole term of 16 months.

SA teacher Michael Anthony Bocchino admits possessing pornography depicting children under the age of 14 years

  • 4 hours ago July 15, 2014 2:12PM

AN ADELAIDE high school teacher has admitted possessing child pornography — including images of children under the age of 14 years.

Michael Anthony Bocchino, 59, faced the Adelaide Magistrates Court today.

He was due to enter pleas to one basic count of obtaining access to child pornography, one basic count of possessing child pornography and one aggravated count of possessing child pornography.

The third offence was said to be aggravated because, prosecutors alleged, Bocchino knew the children depicted in those images were under the age of 14 at the time of the offence.

Prosecutors alleged the offences occurred at Valley View on January 27 this year.

Today, Bocchino pleaded guilty to each of the possession charges — prosecutors subsequently withdrew the first count of obtaining access.

He was remanded on continuing bail to face the District Court next month, when a date for sentencing submissions will be set.

Bocchino and his lawyer declined to comment outside court.

This afternoon, an Education Department spokesman confirmed Bocchino had resigned on February 13 this year.

“At the time of his arrest, he was directed away from the workplace,” he said.

“In line with Debelle Report recommendations, the school community was informed by letter shortly afterwards.

“Another letter will be sent to inform the community of the plea … support services will be made available as and when required.”

The spokesman said SA Police had informed the Teachers Registration Board.


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