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Forde – William Craig

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2008-01-17/rape-victim-wins-139k-compensation/1015362

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.”

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2006-12-13/court-gives-life-term-to-depraved-rapist/2152796

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.

 

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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
deception.

 

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Jarrett – Brenton Robert - Photo.

 

UPDATED:  SEPTEMBER 2016

http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/4151797/sex-offender-lives-in-online-fantasy-world/

Howlong sex offender lives in online fantasy world from parent’s home

8 Sep 2016, 2:30 p.m.

A CON artist and registered sex offender with at least eight aliases has been caught using online dating services to have sex with women in breach of his reporting conditions.

Brenton Robert Jarrett, 44, has previously claimed to be Johnny Depp’s brother, actor Skeet Ulrich and the grandson of Hollywood film director Alfred Hitchcock.

The reality is Jarrett lives in Howlong with his parents on a disability pension and uses the internet to build a fantasy world for himself.

He also has conditions as a sex offender that he keep police briefed on any changes to his personal circumstances, including online usernames and accounts.

Jarrett has a week to report any changes, but failed to tell police about subscriptions to Tinder, Kik, Sugar Daddy Meet, Sugar Elite Australia and Seeking Arrangement.

He has used the apps and sites to have sex with three women.

Officers checked in on Jarrett at his parents’ home on March 30.

He gave permission for them to look at his mobile phone and they discovered the unreported dating apps and sites and arrested him.

Police facts tendered to Albury Local Court note that without the internet, Jarrett would most likely be unable to commit his offences.

“The accused stated to police that he enjoys the fanciful, anonymous and opportunistic environment that the internet offers,” the facts state.

“The accused admitted to police to meeting with three of these women and engaging in consensual sexual intercourse following conversations had on these applications and online dating subscriptions.”

He was sentenced in Albury Local Court on Tuesday to a minimum five months in jail, backdated to his arrest in March, and a maximum term of 10 months.

 

http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/2647860/conmans-jail-reduced-by-a-month/?cs=11

Conman’s jail reduced by a month

Oct. 24, 2014, midnight

SERIAL conman Brenton Robert Jarrett yesterday had two jail terms varied for offences of failing to comply with conditions imposed on him as a registered sex offender.

Jarrett, 42, of Howlong, appeared in the District Court at Albury for severity appeals lodged after he was jailed in July.

Magistrate Tony Murray imposed 12-month jail terms with a minimum of six months for eight fraud offences.

But Jarrett was given 14 months, with a minimum of eight months, for two matters of failing to comply with conditions as a sex offender.

Solicitor Elizabeth Bushby said there were no appeals against the fraud penalties, only the other two matters.

Ms Bushby said Jarrett suffered from bipolar disorder and suffered from grandiose ideas or beliefs.

Judge Robert Cogswell varied the first breach of the registered sex offender conditions from a jail term to a three-year bond.

The second offence was altered to a 13-month jail sentence with a minimum of seven months.

He will now be eligible for release from custody on February 21 next year.

Jarrett, who has previously claimed to be Johnny Depp’s brother, US actor Skeet Ulrich and the grandson of legendary Hollywood film director Alfred Hitchcock, attended the Albury police station on May 10 to advise he had a new mobile phone number and email address at DM Productions.

Jarrett said it was his new venture, but indicated it was not a registered company.

Four days later a representative from the modelling industry contacted Albury detectives with concerns about a man named Robbie Caine, from DM Productions.

Detectives were told “Caine” had contacted a number of models’ Facebook pages and claimed he was a part-owner of the Nine Network.

He tried to organise meetings with the models on the premise of offering weather presenter positions.

The industry representative believed “Caine” was really Brenton Jarrett and told him so in a conversation.

Jarrett was put on the NSW Child Protection Register after being charged in Victoria with offences relating to a teenage girl.

He met a girl, 14, on a Sydney-bound train on January 20, 2012, said he owned a modelling agency and told her she had the looks for a model.

Jarrett and the girl exchanged text messages from January 25 to February.

 

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Dwyer – Mitchell Caleb - Photo

 

http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/1407593/heathcote-cfa-fake-jailed/

Heathcote CFA fake jailed

By JOSH FAGAN

April 4, 2013, 1 a.m.

A HEATHCOTE man arrested for impersonating a CFA officer is a registered sex offender who repeatedly breached reporting conditions, a court has heard.

Mitchell Caleb Dwyer, 23, failed to inform police that he flew to Western Australia for one month before returning to “help fight bushfires” in Gippsland in January.

Dwyer was dressed in CFA uniform at the time and carried a kit-bag full of equipment as he attempted to board a fire truck at the Maffra CFA brigade, near Sale, on January 19.

Inquiries made by the local divisional commander revealed Dwyer was not a member of the CFA and that he was well-known to police in central Victoria for a history of “obsessions with fire”, the Bendigo Magistrates Court heard.

He was arrested at Bendigo train station on January 24 over a string of charges, including impersonating a CFA officer and failing to comply with his sex offender registry conditions.

Dwyer was listed on the sex offender registry for life after pleading guilty to an indecent act with a child under 16-years-old in 2011.

Appearing in court yesterday, Dwyer was remanded in custody and given a five-month jail sentence, with two months already served. He received an aggregate fine of $1000.

The court heard he had a long history of fraudulent attempts to join CFA crews, including arriving at Wesburn fire brigade in December 2012 in a bid to respond to a shed fire.

 

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Dean – Raymond - Photo

http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/news/crime-court/reigstered-sex-offender-raymond-dean-jailed-for-assaulting-12yearold-girl/story-fnjuhoxe-1227074852916

Reigstered sex offender Raymond Dean jailed for assaulting 12-year-old girl

  • KAREN MATTHEWS
  • Geelong Advertiser
  • September 30, 2014 9:54AM

A REGISTERED sex offender, who indecently assaulted a 12-year-old girl and failed to comply with the Sex Offenders Register, has been jailed for 18 months.

Raymond Dean was ordered to serve nine months before being eligible for parole but was later released after lodging an appeal against his sentence.

Dean, 50, of Long Gully, Bendigo, pleaded guilty in Geelong Magistrates’ Court yesterday to charges of indecently assaulting a child under 16 and failing to comply with the Sex Offenders Register.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Glenn Abbott said that in 2012 Dean was temporarily staying at the victim’s home.

“The victim was asleep in her bedroom one evening when she woke to find Dean squeezing her breasts,” he said. “The victim told him to get out and he left.

Sgt Abbott said that, later the same night, the girl woke to find Dean had returned to her room and was kissing her on the lips.

“Again she told him to get out,” the prosecutor said. “On another occasion the victim went to sleep on the couch in the lounge room and woke to find Dean’s hand up her top, rubbing her back.”

The prosecutor said the victim told her mother, who came into the room and sat with them for a while before going back to bed.

“The victim said she felt sickened by Dean’s behaviour,” he said.

Sgt Abbott said Dean, who has been on the Sex Offenders Register since 2010, failed to disclose to police, that he was living in a house where children were present and that he had purchased another car.

Chris Terry, for Dean, said his client had priors for indecent assault and failing to comply with the Sex Offenders Register.

Mr Terry said Dean was a chronic alcoholic, that all the adults in the house at that time were heavy drinkers and he had little memory of events.

Magistrate Ian von Einem convicted Dean on both counts and sentenced him to 18 months in jail with a non-parole period of nine months.

 

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http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/news/local/news/general/man-jailed-for-10-years/500218.aspx

Man jailed for 10 years

26/06/2004 9:46:07 PM

A MAN who sexually assaulted a five-year-old girl in central Victoria was sentenced yesterday to 10 years jail.

Edward John Tappe, 49, of no fixed address, befriended the child at a caravan park and in what Judge John Smallwood described as a “dreadful breach of trust,” later sexually assaulted her orally.

The offence happened late 2003. Tappe was convicted by a jury in the Bendigo County Court of one count of committing an act of sexual penetration of a child aged under 16.

Tappe will now serve a minimum of eight years behind bars, with Judge Smallwood saying the behaviour was “predatory and clandestine”. The Bendigo County Court was told Tappe had a 30-year history of sexual violence against women, including convictions for rape abduction and child stealing. In 1977, he was sentenced to five years’ jail for abducting a 29-year-old woman in Melbourne, driving her to a remote area and raping her. On another occasion, the court was told, Tappe raped a 22-year-old woman four times and allegedly drove her to St Kilda, where he suggested she prostitute herself so he could earn money. Other victims included girls aged 10, 13 and 15_ one of whom was grabbed from behind as she was entering a block of flats in Melbourne. Another was grabbed around the neck and told to lie on a bed. In sentencing Tappe, Judge Smallwood described the recent offence against a five-year-old child as “very grave.” He said Tappe was a serious sex offender who had shown a “total lack of remorse” for his actions. The court was told Tappe has spent two-thirds of his life in custody and began sexually offending as young as age 12. Judge Smallwood fixed a non-parole period of eight years.

 

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Ajay Chopra 08/02/12 Pb Matt Kimpton

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-23/man-jailed-over-27palm-reading27-assaults-on-vline-trains/5544688

Man posing as palm reader jailed for sexually assaulting women on V/Line trains

Updated Mon 23 Jun 2014, 10:44pm AEST

A Bendigo man has been jailed for 21 months for sexually assaulting young women on V/Line trains while posing as a palm reader.

Ajay Chopra, 41, pleaded guilty to five charges over a series of sex assaults on trains between Bendigo and Melbourne in 2011.

The court heard Chopra would pretend to be a palm reader before grabbing the women’s hands and assaulting them.

His youngest victim was 18 years old.

“All of this was a ruse, and what you were attempting to do was either to put their hand in your crotch area or put your hand in their crotch area,” Judge Gerard Mullaly said.

Prosecutor Neil Hutton said that once Chopra had hold of a woman’s hands he would resist any efforts by them to pull away.

In one case, he held his hand under a woman’s dress; in another, he held his victim’s hand against himself.

“She could feel the man’s erect penis on the back of her hand,” Mr Hutton said.

“This activity happened for most of the trip to Bendigo, where he got off the train.

“He turned and said, ‘have a nice life’, as he did so.”

Victims left fearful of using public transport

The court was also told his victims were traumatised by the assaults and felt fearful travelling on public transport, particularly with men.

“Your offending was repetitive, escalating and persistent,” Judge Mullaly said.

“The sexual assault of fellow female passengers is shameful, dishonourable conduct. Decent men do not act like this.”

The court heard Chopra moved from India with his wife to Bendigo in 2011 and had shown no insight into, nor remorse for, his crimes, instead focusing on saving face.

Judge Mullaly said he had chosen vulnerable young victims and the nature of his offending had wider ramifications for the community.

“The fact they were conducted on public transport adds to the unfortunate sense of fear that women have that public transport is not safe.

“This fear is corrosive and impacts on women’s rights to go about their lives freely.”

Chopra was placed on the sex offenders register for life and will be eligible for parole in 10 months.

Poor court facilities prolonged suffering of victims: judge

Judge Mullaly also said the delay in the matter being resolved in the courts had prolonged the suffering for Chopra’s victims.

He added that Bendigo residents were being denied proper justice because of a lack of court facilities.

He said the public deserved to know why crimes committed in 2011 had taken so long to pass through the courts.

The case began in Bendigo but had to be moved to Melbourne because there was no suitable courtroom.

“Court facilities in Bendigo are and have been for too long inadequate to uphold the criminal justice system,” Judge Mullaly said.

Judge Mullaly said its court facilities compared badly with other regional cities in Victoria of the same size.

“It stands apart.

“It’s citizens must wait too long to have their cases heard…we must urgently investigate all possibilities to open up another courtroom in Bendigo.

“This case must prompt a re-doubling of efforts.”

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-08-17/bid-to-ban-media-from-train-sex-assault-case-fails/4204874

Train sex assault accused to stand trial

Updated Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:04am AEST

A Bendigo man accused of assaulting women on V/Line trains in central Victoria last year has been ordered to stand trial.

In the Bendigo Magistrates Court, Ajay Chopra, 39, has pleaded not guilty to indecently assaulting women who were passengers travelling between Bendigo and Melbourne.

After hearing evidence from some of the alleged victims, the magistrate has committed Chopra to stand trial.

An attempt to suppress publication of the case has been rejected.

The court was told Chopra is part of the small Indian community in Bendigo and further media coverage of his case could hinder his right to a fair trial.

However, the magistrate disagreed and refused the defence’s application for a blanket suppression of the case.

Chopra is due to face the County Court in Bendigo next month.

 

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Luke James Wallis

Posted: May 18, 2014 by Serendipity in Photo, Victoria
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UPDATE:  AUGUST 2016

Wallis has been bailed to appear in Bendigo Magistrate’s Court on November 9 after being charged with allegedly harassing online and transmitting child pornography.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-04-04/man-fights-child-porn-jail-term/4608984?&section=news

Man fights child porn jail term

Posted Thu Apr 4, 2013 9:18am AEDT

A Bendigo man who admitted to possessing child pornography will appeal against his jail term.

Luke James Wallis, 30, from Golden Square, faced the Bendigo Magistrates Court yesterday.

The court heard police found 48 images, featuring some young children, on his computer and a hard drive when detectives searched his home in February last year.

Magistrate Jenny Tregent described Wallis’s behaviour as very serious and sentenced him to four months in jail, with a further eight months suspended.

However, Wallis was released on bail after lodging an appeal.

 

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