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Age:   64  (2017)


Offence:  Found guilty in June, 2015 of seven offences against one student, 14, including multiple charges of sexual intercourse, and four offences against a second student, 14, including sexual intercourse

Sentence:  Sentenced to seven years’ jail, with a minimum term of four years and six months and an earliest release date in June, 2022.

Other:   Clegg worked at a St John of God boarding school for boys with educational and behavioural problems during two periods in the 1980s. The school cannot be named for legal reasons. He was described as a Welfare Officer, Family Counsellor and member of the Community and Family Care Unit.





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Monteiro is back in prison after he breached his parole conditions less than two months after his release.

In a statement the State Parole Authority said, though he failed to comply with his conditions, “he did not commit an offence”.



Monteiro will be released from jail following a decision by the NSW Parole Board. The date of his release has not been finalised.



Monteiro will spend at least another 11 months behind bars after he was refused parole. His parole will be reviewed in August 2017.

Judgment day for so-called ‘playboy rapist’ Simon Monteiro

  • November 27, 20144:06PM

A VICTIM of the man dubbed the ‘playboy rapist’ is relieved for the safety of Sydney women after the convicted sex criminal has lost an appeal for freedom.

Simon Monteiro was jailed for up to 12 years after he bashed, raped and threatened an eastern suburbs woman over 12 months.

A self-proclaimed actor and model, Monteiro will now stay behind bars after his second attempt to appeal his sentence, using a complex legal loophole, was dismissed in the Supreme Court yesterday.

In a lengthy judgment, the court decided no lesser sentence was warranted, citing the seriousness of Monteiro’s offence, the fact that it occurred in a context of domestic violence, and his lack of contrition and remorse.

The court dismissed Monteiro’s appeal, deciding “no lesser sentence is warranted”, with one judge lamenting the “lenient” sentence period he is serving.

“A greater sentence may have been appropriate in this case, given the gravity of the appellant’s overall offending,” Justice Schmidt said handing down his judgment.

Monteiro, who was also known as Simon Lowe and Bonito Monteiro (a name he bragged to women was Portuguese for “beautiful hunter”), bashed and twice impregnated the 37-year-old woman in her Bellevue Hill apartment in 2007, his trial heard.

The woman initially thought she had met “the man of my dreams” before he became violent and possessive. The court heard Monteiro put his hand over the woman’s face while raping her, releasing his grip at times to allow her to breathe.

His sordid past was laid bare during the first appeal in 2011 when the Supreme Court heard details of his violence towards women.

Another ex-girlfriend, Kay Schubach, was waiting anxiously to hear the result of Monteiro’s appeal, telling she reacted with “utter disbelief” when she found a court was considering a lesser sentence for her abuser.

“I felt very afraid for Eastern suburbs Sydney women in general, and I was afraid for myself because I’d been quite public in bringing awareness to him and to cases like this,” she said.

Ms Schubach was with Monteiro, then known as Simon Lowe, for two months in 2003 and claims he raped and assaulted her — but she never went to police and was too afraid to give evidence at his trial.

“It’s an incredible relief,” she said of the appeal decision.

“I’m just so glad that justice has prevailed because he is litigious and he lacks any contrition or remorse for what he’s done.”

“He left a trail of traumatised women in his path, and if he gets out he’s going to do it again.

“We live in fear and I never know when I’m going to get a knock on the door. I don’t know how revengeful he might be.”

The loophole exploited by Monteiro comes from a precedent set by a 2011 case in the High Court of Australia involving Dereck Muldrock, who pleaded guilty to sexual assault.

The case clarified the way judges apply standard non-parole prison jail terms as a reference point for crimes where the seriousness was classified as mid-range or higher.

But the High Court found judges were putting too much weight on standard non-parole periods and that they should rely on their own discretion.

Monteiro will continue to serve his sentence and will be eligible for parole in 2015.

“At least after this the world is a safer place for at least another few years,” Ms Schubach said.


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NOTE: Reis was also employed at a Catholic school in Victoria.

Priest jailed over child-sex offences

Posted Thu Nov 6, 2008 2:10pm AEDT

A District Court judge in Brisbane has jailed a Catholic priest for child sex offences.

The court heard 66-year-old Michael Francis Reis abused two young girls at Brisbane and Caboolture between 1983 and 1995.

Reis pleaded guilty to seven counts of indecent treatment.

Judge Kerry O’Brien jailed Reis for 18 months but ordered the sentence be suspended after six months.


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Vince Ryan

Posted: June 4, 2014 by Serendipity in NSW, Photo
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Ryan has been given a 15 month suspended sentence after pleaded guilty to acts of gross indecency & attempting sexual intercourse with a boy at a church in Gresford near Dungog when he was the parish priest. Another four charges were dropped. His victims were aged between 6 & 14.

Paedophile priest Vince Ryan faces fresh charges

NOTORIOUS paedophile priest Vincent Ryan will face court this month over fresh child sex charges relating to a boy in the mid-1980s.

Ryan, who spent 14 years in jail for preying on 35 boys aged six to 14 between 1972 and 1991, was visited by Strike Force Georgiana detectives at his Sydney home last month.

He was handed a court attendance notice on May 7 containing seven child sex charges relating to the boy.

He is due to face Maitland Local Court on June 30.

Ryan was released from Long Bay Jail in 2010 after serving more than 14 years.

Paedophile priest victims decry defrocking ‘tokenism’


26 Jul, 2011 04:00 AM

The Catholic Church has been accused of tokenism after defrocking notorious Hunter paedophile priest John Denham while failing to defrock other clergy child sex abusers.

“They get rid of the worst of the worst to make it look like they’re cleaning up their act, but they’re picking and choosing,” said a Newcastle victim of Vince Ryan, who was jailed after sexually abusing 35 boys between 1972 and 1991, and released last year.

“I asked [Bishop] Michael Malone to defrock Ryan back when he was jailed [in 1996] and Malone said they wouldn’t. So why did they do it with Denham?”

Maitland-Newcastle Bishop William Wright’s announcement on Sunday that Pope Benedict laicised (defrocked) Denham in May, after a recommendation from former Bishop Malone, met with a mixed response from victims of Hunter paedophile priests and their families.

Several people contacted by the Newcastle Herald agreed with Bishop Malone’s argument that the church was responsible for its paedophile priests, while defrocking made them the community’s responsibility.

In the case of Vince Ryan, the church and the priest signed a formal document in which he agreed not to return to the Hunter region. The condition was at the request of some Ryan victims. The church agreed to support the priest during his lengthy parole in Sydney.

His Newcastle victim said it was offensive that someone like Ryan could still call himself a priest, despite the church stripping him of his right to act as a priest.

Denis McAlinden, who the church tried to secretly defrock in 1995 over sexual abuse of young girls, continued to act as a priest despite being stripped of his right to do so in 1993.

Peter Gogarty, a victim of Jim Fletcher, called the defrocking of Denham “tokenism”, and his sexual abuser’s right to call himself “Father” until the day he died a repeat of the abuse.

“He’s buried as Father Jim Fletcher. That’s what’s wrong with the argument put forward in the Vince Ryan case. He can still call himself a priest,” he said.

It is extremely rare for the church in Australia to defrock clergy sex abusers.


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Pavlou has been charged with four counts of sexual penetration of a child under 16 & four counts of indecent act with a child under 16. He is on bail & will appear again on December 14.

Healesville’s pedophile priest defrocked

16 Apr 11 @ 05:10am by Emily Webb

A FORMER Healesville priest found guilty of sex abuse has been defrocked by the Vatican.

Paul Pavlou, a priest and teacher at St Brigid’s parish from 2005 to 2006, pleaded guilty in 2009 to one charge of committing an indecent act with a 14-year-old boy and another charge of possessing child pornography.

Melbourne Vicar-General Bishop Les Tomlinson confirmed that Pavlou had been officially removed from the priesthood.

A Healesville father, whose son was abused by convicted paedophile priest David Daniel – also a priest at St Brigid’s in the 1990s – said it was about time Pavlou was stripped of his right to be called a priest.

“It should have been done as soon as Pavlou was convicted,” the man said.

The father said the Catholic Church needed to adopt a policy of truth so children were protected.

Broken Rites victim support group spokesman Dr Bernard Barrett said most church abuse victims remained silent, expecting they would not be believed.


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Cathedral cleaner jailed for child abuse

Jayne Stinson

Updated Thu Mar 13, 2008 6:15pm AEDT

An Adelaide District Court judge has described the actions of a 77-year-old former cathedral cleaner who sexually abused a school girl as ‘cunning’ and ‘premeditated’.

Croatian immigrant Mato Karapandzk was today sentenced to nine years jail with a non-parole period of four years, for abusing the then 12-year-old girl in the early 1980s.

Karapandzk met the victim at St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral in Victoria Square in 1981, while she was taking a wheelchair-bound nun to pray at the church.

The church was across the road from the girl’s school, St Aloysius College.

Karapandzk was a cleaner at the church and began paying the girl to regularly wheel the nun across the road, which he told the court he would otherwise have to do.

But within months his relationship with the girl turned sexual, and over five years he sexually abused his young victim in and around the Cathedral building, sometimes giving her $20 after the abuse.

In December he was found guilty of five child sex offences by a District Court jury, and acquitted of a sixth charge.

Today Judge David Smith said Karapandzk robbed the victim of her innocence and disrupted her schooling and career opportunities.

“[The crimes were a] premeditated, cunning and secretive exploitation of a schoolgirl, which you carried off under the noses of Cathedral staff for five years,” he said.

“You must have appreciated the seriousness of what you were doing.

“You had no regard for the harm you were doing. It was arrogant, exploitative and predatory behaviour.”

However Judge David said he took into account Karapandzk’s age and poor health, as well as his upbringing in Croatia during World War II, where he witnessed fighting and atrocities.

Karapandzk has been granted leave to appeal against the conviction in the Supreme Court next week.

Victim: long court process was worth it

Outside the court, the victim, who is now living interstate, told the ABC she is pleased with the sentence and glad Karapandzk cannot abuse any other children.

“I’m glad that justice has been done and he’s been held accountable for his actions,” she said.

“It feels nice to know he’s finally behind bars, the freedom of not having him on the streets is just fantastic.”

The 37-year-old said she first went to police four years ago, and although the court process has been long it was worth it.

She says she encourages other sexual abuse victims to take their cases to court.

“I’d urge them to come forward and to do what I’ve done,” she said.

“Eventually, once you’ve been through the process, it’s long and hard, but it’s very rewarding.

“It helps you grow as a person and helps you have some closure as to what happened.”

Justice at last for victim of Cathedral sex monster

  • The Advertiser
  • March 10, 2008 11:30PM

“JACKI” has waited more than 20 years for the pedophile who stole her innocence in an Adelaide cathedral to pay for his sickening crimes.

Today she smiled and shook her fists in triumph in the District Court as 77-year old Mato Karapandzk was jailed for nine years.

“It feels nice to know that he is finally behind bars … the freedom of not having him on the street is just fantastic,” Jacki said outside the court.

Jacki endured five years of sexual abuse at the hands of Karapandzk, who was caretaker at the St Francis Xavier Cathedral on Victoria Square.

Judge David Smith said Karapandzk had taken advantage of Jacki when she started attending St Aloysius College as a 12-year old in the early 1980s.

“You befriended her on occasions that she wheeled a disabled elderly nun over to the Cathedral for church services,” Judge Smith said.

“It was premeditated, cunning and secretive exploitation … which you carried off under the noses of Cathedral staff and the school for over five years.”

Now in her late 30s, Jacki said the years of abuse had taken a terrible toll on her childhood and early adult life.

“When you think about it you start to realise that your actions may not have been the way they would have been had you not been robbed of your childhood,” she said.

“But I am not a victim – I’m a survivor.”

Karapandzk showed little or no emotion as he learned he would have to serve at least four years in prison.

Judge Smith said the four-year non parole period was lower than usual to reflect Karapandzk’s age and “parlous health”.

The court heard Karapandzk had continued to work as caretaker at the Cathedral until the Catholic Church dismissed him in 2004 when Jacki came forward with her story.

Jacki said yesterday’s prison sentence vindicated her draining four-year court battle for justice and urged other victims to face up to their past.

“It is hard but it is also very rewarding, it helps you grow as a person and helps you have some closure,” she said.


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Ex-Marist brother guilty on sex charges

December 1, 2010 – 4:24PM

A former Catholic Marist teaching brother, now living in Queensland, has been found guilty of 11 sex offences by a jury in New Zealand’s High Court.

Bede Hampton, 62, was on trial for a week on alleged sex offences against two teenage boys at a Masterton Catholic boarding school in the early 1970s.

The jury of eight women and four men returned with their verdicts shortly after 3pm local time (1300 AEDT) after retiring on Monday to consider 23 individual charges.

They found Hampton guilty on 11 charges — 10 of indecent assault and one of committing an indecent act.

Hampton was found not guilty on two counts of sodomy, three charges of indecent assault and five charges of committing indecent acts.

The jury could not reach agreement on two counts of committing an indecent act.

Justice Forrest Miller remanded Hampton on bail to a residential address before sentencing on December 17.

Hampton returned to New Zealand from his home in Australia voluntarily to face 26 counts. He pleaded guilty to two charges of indecent assault on one of the boys and a third was dismissed.

The alleged offending happened while he was teaching at St Joseph’s College in Masterton. The school has since closed.

Hampton was then in his mid-20s and the complainants in their early teens.

Within a few years Hampton had left the Marist order and his teaching career.

Now an interior decorator based in Queensland, he is married with two adult children.

The two former pupils made their separate official complaints to the Catholic Church and the police less than 10 years ago.

One of them — who left the college at the end of fourth form — now also lives in Australia.

Hampton’s lawyer, Chris Stevenson, asked that sentencing be deferred to the New Year, but Justice Miller said Hampton was not going back to Australia before sentencing, and that his sentence would have to be served in New Zealand.

Ex-brother ‘horrified’ by sex allegations

The Dominion Post

Last updated 05:00 26/11/2010

A former Marist brother charged with sexually assaulting two pupils more than 30 years ago says he did not do most of what is alleged against him.

Bede Thomas Hampton, 62, told a jury in the High Court at Wellington yesterday that for years he had carried the burden of what he had done wrong – but some of the claims made were impossible and ridiculous.

As a 12-year-old he had been touched indecently, he said. “I was terrified of what happened to me and there I was doing the same thing.” He said he had no idea why it happened.

Hampton, who is now married with children and living in Australia, pleaded guilty to two charges of indecent assault involving one boy and acknowledges an incident happened with another but said he did not know if it was a crime.

He has pleaded not guilty to 24 other charges, including two of sodomy, arising from his time at St Joseph’s College in Masterton in the 1970s. He said he did not even understand sex at that time and first had intercourse after he left the Marist brothers when he was 29.

He said he was horrified to hear he was accused of sodomy. “I said sorry for what I did if I hurt [a complainant], but I never did anything like that.”

Two former pupils called to give evidence for the defence said they knew nothing about events alleged by the complainants.

The trial resumes on Monday.


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