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Age:   57  ( 2018 )

Location:   Ballarat, Wendouree  VIC

Offence:   Found guilty of tying up and blindfolding a woman before raping her in  February 2009.

Sentence:   Sentenced to eight years and three months in jail, with a non-parole period of six years. He will be a registered sex offender for eight years.

Other:  Also guilty of  indecently assaulting a child in Wendouree between June and December, 2012.







Reynolds was sentenced in the Victorian County Court after pleading guilty to 42 indecent assault charges.

He was jailed for 12 years and must serve at least nine before being eligible for release on parole.

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Age:  77  ( 2018 )

Location:   North East primary schools, Primary schools in the Ballarat region,  Victoria

Offence:    101 charges were against Reynolds. He plead guilty to 41 charges in the Wodonga Magistrates Court, with the remaining charges being dropped.

Sentence:  TBA

Other:   Has previous convictions.  See below.




Forde – William Craig

Rape victim wins $139K compensation

Updated 17 Jan 2008, 4:54pm

A County Count judge has ordered a convicted rapist to pay more than $139,000 compensation to his victim.

50-year-old William Craig Forde was sentenced to an indefinite term in jail last year.

The court was told he kidnapped a woman identified as “Jessica” in Ballarat in 2006.

He held her captive in her car for almost 30 hours and repeatedly raped her.

Judge Tom Wodak said he accepted “Jessica” suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of the attack.

Despite being ordered to pay compensation, Forde may not be able to pay the full amount.

His only asset is a rural block of land, that may have to be sold to pay his legal fees.

His prison term will be reviewed in 16 years.

Jessica’s lawyer Katalin Blond says now the compensation order has been made, steps have to be taken to enforce it.

“Jess is grateful in the acknowledgment of the court’s judgement but understands that there’s certainly a long road ahead in enforcing that judgement,” she said.

“I would imagine that that issue probably won’t be resolved for at least 12 months.”

Court gives life term to ‘depraved’ rapist

Updated 13 Dec 2006, 3:03pm

A man who repeatedly raped a woman from Ballarat, in central Victoria, will spend the rest of his life in jail.

The 29-year-old woman was kidnapped and raped at knife-point over a 30 hour period in February, in at attack Detective Paul Jolly of Ballarat police says is the worst he has seen in 24 years.

“This would have to be the nastiest incident I’ve dealt with,” he said.

William Craig Forde, 49, was today sentenced in the County Court in Ballarat to an indefinite jail term.

Judge Wodak said the offences were of a gravity rarely seen, and Forde showed little potential for reform.

The victim described Forde as an animal.

“As much as you can characterise somebody like this, then that’s the way to say it, depraved, deviant,” she said.

She says she will try to use her experience to help other rape victims.



Criminal history of William Craig Forde:

September 8, 1988 — raped a 31-year-old woman neighbour at knifepoint in her
Thornbury home. Forced her to drive him to a primary school where her children
were waiting, but she was able to escape and call police.

June 1, 1989 — convicted in the County Court of two counts of rape, indecent
assault, intentionally causing injury and car theft. Sentenced by Judge Cullity
to a maximum five years’ jail with a minimum of three years.

August 24, 1990 — released from jail after remissions of one- third off the
sentence for good behaviour, which were then applicable.

June 20, 1991 — aggravated rape at knifepoint of a woman who had come to his
outer suburban home to pick up some ironing. The 57- year-old woman was punched
in the face and had her wrists and ankles tied with twine during the attack,
which lasted more than 30 minutes. She escaped by locking herself in her car
after he ordered her to leave the house with him and said he was “taking her
for a ride”.

November 15, 1991 — convicted in the County Court of aggravated rape,
aggravated indecent assault, intentionally causing injury and false
imprisonment. Sentenced by Judge Stott to 10 years’ jail with a minimum of
seven years.

November 26, 1996 — refused parole because of his unwillingness to participate
in a sex offenders’ treatment program in jail.

July 11, 1997 — again denied parole.

March 24, 1998 — released from jail on expiry of his maximum sentence (less
remission of one-third, which applied when he was sentenced in 1991 but was
abolished the following year).

September 28, 1998 — raped a 13-year-old girl, who was attacked when Forde
took her for a walk at Whittlesea after driving down a dirt track and leaving
his partner in the car. Forde was arrested six weeks later at a Queensland
caravan park.

September 30, 1999 — convicted of rape and sentenced in the County Court by
Judge Stott to a maximum of seven years’ jail with a minimum non-parole period
of five years, including 326 days already remanded in custody.

September 18, 2002 — told he would not be paroled when his minimum sentence
expired because he refused to do the sex offenders’ program.

November 19, 2003 — denied parole.

December 1, 2004 — again denied parole.

August 4, 2005 — refused parole again.

November 7, 2005 — released from jail on expiry of his maximum sentence.

February 6, 2006 — raped a young shop assistant in the back of a Ballarat shop
after tying her wrists and ankles behind her, gagging her and cutting off her
clothes with a knife. Forde then stole the 23-year-old mother’s car, bundled
her into it at knifepoint and drove her around central and northern Victoria
for the next 29 hours. She was raped repeatedly during her ordeal before being
driven back into Ballarat and let out of the car.

May 12, 2006 — appeared at Ballarat Magistrates’ Court for a preliminary
hearing and said he was guilty of 22 counts of rape and two charges of armed
robbery, one of abduction and one of false imprisonment.

Other convictions:

Disobeying traffic control signal, unlicensed driving, exceeding .05,
assaulting police, resisting arrest, obtaining financial advantage by





Alistair Cato pleaded guilty to accessing child porn through carriage service at a Melbourne County Court before judge Michael McInerney on Monday and will be sentenced on February 3.

No jail for child porn

Aug. 6, 2007, 1:17 p.m.

A BALLARAT man caught in possession of child pornography during an international operation was spared a jail sentence yesterday.
Alistair Cato of Redan received a two-year community based order and will also be listed on the sex offenders registry for 15 years.
The 29-year-old who suffers from a mental illness was arrested after emailed exchanges with a covert police operation in the United States.
Cato was detected after creating a number of postings on an Internet news group site devoted to child sex and paedophile interests.
A police search at his home in November revealed 22 computer images of primary school-aged girls in sexual activity with adult men.
His Internet browser also revealed an extensive history of child pornography.
Defence counsel Helen Spowart told the Ballarat Magistrates Court on June 18 that Cato suffered paranoid schizophrenia and was depressed at the time and was remorseful.
His mother also described Cato as “still very much a child” and said he was no longer allowed Internet access.
Cato pleaded guilty to knowingly possessing child pornography and using an online information service to publish child pornography.
Magistrate Bernard Coburn said the charges were serious, but Cato was not at risk of reoffending.
He said Cato was not a fit subject for general deterrence and still lived in supported accommodation while relying on Centrelink for financial support.


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12:26pm March 27, 2015

Vic pedophile brother jailed for six years

A pedophile brother who sexually abused 20 boys under his care at Christian Brothers’ schools in the 1970s and 1980s has been jailed in Victoria for six years.

Edward “Ted” Bales, 65, pleaded guilty to 34 child sex abuse charges that he committed while a teacher, often disguising his crimes as disciplinary action.

Bales, who was jailed in the 1990s for child sex crimes when he was known as Edward Vernon Dowlan, changed his name to avoid publicity.

In the Victorian County Court on Friday, Judge Richard Smith said some of Bales’ victims were also abused by other offenders teaching at the schools with Bales.

Bales, from Thomastown, was a renowned disciplinarian in the classroom and exhibited a confidence that he was not going to be reported or exposed.

“All of your victims were genuinely scared of you,” Judge Smith said.

Bales kept his eyes closed as Judge Smith read out some of the details of the offences.

In one instance he rubbed a student’s leg, and then genitals in a classroom.

When the boy pushed Bales’ hand away the brother struck the boy across the face.

In another instance, Bales cornered a boy in a school toilet block, and in another he assaulted a boy while he was a guest in the boy’s family’s home.

“Your offending was brazen,” Judge Smith said.

“You had the power to intimidate your victims.”

Judge Smith said Bales’ culpability was high as he was in a position of trust and the boys were young.

He fixed a non-parole period of three years.

One of the victims yelled, “rot in hell, you dog”, as Bales was led out of the dock.

Ex-Christian brother Ted Bales admits to 55 new sex offences

By Genevieve Gannon

Oct. 10, 2014, 4 a.m.

A convicted paedophile who changed his name to avoid publicity has admitted to another 55 offences committed while he was a Christian brother teaching in Victorian schools, including at Warrnambool.

Ted Bales, 64, was taken into custody yesterday after pleading guilty to indecently assaulting boys over a 16-year period in the 1970s and 1980s.

Bales, now a defrocked layman living in Thomastown, was formerly known as Edward Vernon Dowlan.

The name ‘Dowlan’ has frequently appeared alongside some of Australia’s most notorious clergy paedophiles, including Robert Charles Best and Gerald Francis Ridsdale.

A court hearing in April was told Bales changed his identity to avoid publicity because his name came up whenever the media reported on crimes involving the Christian Brothers.

The court heard Bales spent five years in prison in the 1990s after being convicted of other historical sex offences.

Dowlan was jailed for six-and-a-half years with a four-year minimum for sex crimes against 12 students between 1971 and 1982.

Bales pleaded guilty to 55 counts of indecent assault in the Melbourne Magistrates Court yesterday, after five other charges were withdrawn. His admission of guilt brings the number of his victims to more than 20.

The assaults covered by the latest charges occurred in Ballarat, Forest Hill and Warrnambool in the 1970s, and Lovely Banks, Lower Templestowe and East Melbourne in the 1980s.

Almost half of Bales’ offences were committed in Ballarat in the early 1970s. Between 1971 and 1974, he was one of four male teachers at Ballarat primary school St Alipius, including Best, while Ridsdale was the school’s chaplain.

Advocacy group Broken Rites said it was another example of the church cover-ups that allowed these offences to continue.

Best was jailed in 2011 for a minimum of 11 years and three months for sexually abusing young boys at three schools over a 20-year period.

Australia’s worst paedophile priest, 79-year-old Ridsdale, abused 53 victims over 26 years and is likely to die in jail.

Another eight years were added to his lengthy jail term in April this year after he pleaded guilty to 30 new charges.

Bales was arrested by the Sano task force, which was established by police to investigate historic and new allegations arising from the Victorian parliamentary inquiry into child sex abuse.

He was remanded in custody and will next appear in court on February 6.


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Wendouree man jailed over child porn

Wed 10 Sep 2014, 1:04pm

A man has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for possessing and transmitting nearly 15,000 images and almost 400 videos of child pornography.

The County Court, sitting in Ballarat, heard Lee Terrence Clarke, 42, from Wendouree, pleaded guilty to using a carriage service to look at and share the images between April and October 2012.

The judge said it was entirely appropriate that Clarke had lost his job as the commanding officer at the Army cadet unit of the Sebastopol College.

Clarke will be eligible for parole in nine months.


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Court jails paedophile over loitering, theft

Posted Fri Nov 17, 2006 12:44pm AEDT

A 47-year-old self-confessed paedophile has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Joseph Edward Polley yesterday pleaded guilty in the County Court in Ballarat to seven counts each of loitering and theft.

The offences occurred between April 2004 and May 2006. The court heard Polley collected uniforms from school yards in the Ballarat North area during that time.

These, and a notebook containing the names of 57 boys and their addresses were found by police in Polley’s home in May.

However, in sentencing, judge Frank Shelton said he could not take the notebook into his deliberations. The clothing and notebook found in Polley’s home will now be destroyed.

Polley has already spent 182 days in custody.

With a non-parole period of 12 months, Polley will spend just six months in prison, with reporting conditions on his release.


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