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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

Wollongong child sex offender Aaron David Vincent likely to be freed


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.






NOTE: Iacono was also convicted of a sexual assault on a child in 2001 and placed on a child protection register.

Groping ‘santa’ On Bond

Newcastle Herald

Saturday June 23, 2007


A MAN who posed as Santa Claus and groped young women as they were being photographed sitting on his lap has been sentenced to three months in jail.

The sentence was suspended on condition that Angelo Iacono, 59, of Bonnells Bay, be of good behaviour for 18 months under NSW Probation and Parole Service supervision.

Holding his walking stick, Iacono stood while having the circumstances of the charges and his sentence read out to him in Toronto Local Court yesterday.

The court heard Iacono, who had pleaded not guilty, had been found guilty of three indecent assault counts involving three teenage girls.

The girls encountered him dressed as Santa Claus outside a business in Wyee on December 20 last year.

He offered them free photos with Santa using their camera. The girls posed for at least seven shots, tendered in evidence.

The court heard yesterday that the offences were at the lower end of the spectrum of seriousness for that type of charge. The offences did not involve skin-to-skin contact but it was still a serious matter and involved a breach of trust, the court was told.


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Paedophile back in jail

Convicted Yass paedophile Leon Michael Wicks has been taken into custody charged with another sex offence against a child.

Police charged the 52-year-old with assault with an act of indecency. The charge relates to an alleged incident with a 16-year-old boy near Yass in January.

Police said the boy, who had formerly worked with Wicks, reported the incident on Friday.

Wicks attended Yass Police Station on Tuesday and was arrested and charged with the indecency offence and failure to comply with reporting conditions that are necessary as part of his listing on the Child Protection Register.

He appeared in Goulburn Local Court on Wednesday, did not apply for bail and did not enter pleas to these latest charges.

Wicks, a former TAFE employee, was convicted of paedophilia in 2005 when he pleaded guilty to having sex with boys during a trip to Thailand. He was sentenced to five years jail with a non-parole period of three years.

He was again arrested in 2011 when police raided his home and seized child pornography materials.

He was sentenced to 21 months behind bars and in January that was extended by two months for further sex offences.

Shock-jock Ray Hadley blasted Wicks’ past offences during his 2GB morning show on Wednesday.

“When is this going to stop?” he said.

“When is someone going to say this is a recidivous offender who just can’t control himself, when’s someone going to stop him.”

Mr Hadley was outraged.

“This is a sick individual and the community of Yass know everything about him, yet he continues to allegedly offend.”

Wicks will be back in Goulburn Local Court on July 16.

Another jail term for Wicks

June 19, 2012, 6:24 a.m.
Yass paedophile Leon Michael Wicks has been sentenced to a further two months in jail after being convicted for sexual behaviour in public places.The 51-year-old pleaded guilty to two counts of behaving in an offensive manner and one count of wilful and obscene exposure, during a hearing in Yass Local Court on Monday.

He had previously pleaded not guilty to these charges.

He continued to contest a fourth charge of failing to comply with reporting obligations as part of the sex offender’s register. This charge was brought because he failed to declare his membership of the Yass Services Club, which involves child participation.

Wicks is currently serving 21 months jail for possessing child pornography on his home computers.

The court heard police raided his Yass home on December 16 last year and seized an internet-ready laptop, which is prohibited for people on the Child Protection Register, a camera, a camera SD card, two computer towers and USB thumb-drives for examination.

The hardware contained a number of images of young boys in sexually explicit activities.

The camera contained images of Wicks and two other adult males in various poses and states of undress on the Taemas Bridge near Wee Jasper on December 4 between 2-3.21pm. Police found more images of the other two males appearing to have sex on the Yass Junction Railway Station platform on December 4 between 3.53pm and 4.23pm. Although he did not appear in them, police believe Wicks was the photographer.

Defence counsel Jessica Clarke argued Wicks’ failure to declare the club membership was an issue of interpretation, as the club’s membership was not open to children and her client had deemed it irrelevant to declare. Wicks also had a reasonable excuse because he had no assistance by police when filling out the declaration forms.

Magistrate Doug Dick disagreed, saying Wicks had a “good idea as to what the club was about” as he was a long-term member and had even served on the board of directors for nine years. He said Wicks was a man of intelligence but “it’s clear he employed a narrow interpretation” of the relevancy of the club considering he knew it was used by schools for sporting activities, members regularly dined there with their children and it even had a video arcade room designed to entertain children.

“He can be guilty by omission,” Magistrate Dick said. The law required full disclosure on Wicks’ behalf and it was up to the police to filter the relevance of his answers.

Prosecuting sergeant Chris Toole submitted a prison term was appropriate as “these are not your run-of-the-mill types” of obscene exposure offences – these men had been engaging in sex in public places, in particular, when a train was approaching.

Magistrate Dick convicted Wicks on all four offences.

“I don’t believe your failings [to declare club membership] were motivated by any sinister intention.” He applied two-month prison sentences to all four charges, to run concurrently. Wicks is now due to be released on parole in May next year.

He will remain on the Child Protection Register until 2020.

Ex-SES executive jailed for child-sex

By Natasha Wallace
June 9, 2005 – 3:40PM

A former SES executive and TAFE teacher has been sentenced to five years in jail for sexual intercourse with children during a Thai holiday.

Leon Wicks, 44, who was the SES far-west division executive officer and head of the Cobar SES, pleaded guilty in the Dubbo District Court to having sex with boys aged under 16, and inducing them to have sex with each other, during a trip in February and March, 2003.

He was sentenced yesterday to five years’ jail – with a non-parole period of three years – for various charges including four counts of sexual intercourse with a person under 16 outside Australia.

Wicks, who also occasionally taught at the local TAFE college, had faced a maximum penalty of 15 years in jail.

Officers raided his home during Operation Auxin – the country’s biggest investigation into child pornography – finding videotapes he had taken of himself with the victims.

He was also sentenced to one year for 13 counts of possessing child pornography.


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Singleton man faces sentence

13 Jan, 2011 04:00 AM

A SINGLETON man who was already on the Child Protection Register pleaded guilty yesterday to indecently assaulting a girl.

Leon Oxford was jailed for two years in 2007 for indecently assaulting a child under the age of 10, court documents stated.

He was sentenced in Tamworth Local Court on that occasion but his sentence was reduced by six months on appeal.

Oxford, 53, appearing in Newcastle Local Court yesterday via audiovisual link from Parklea Correctional Centre, pleaded guilty to molesting a girl twice last year.

He touched and kissed her inappropriately before she later gave an interview to police when inquiries were being conducted into another matter, a statement said.

Oxford’s case was adjourned for sentence to next month.

Berrigan man jailed over child porn

Posted August 25, 2008 14:01:00
Updated August 25, 2008 14:00:00

A 58-year-old man from Berrigan has been jailed for child pornography offences.

Roddrick O’Donnell was charged with two counts of possessing child pornography.

In the Albury Local Court he was sentenced to 22 months in prison, with a one year non-parole period.

Because of the time he has already spent in custody, he is eligible for parole at the end of January.

O’Donnell protected in prison

Aug. 22, 2008, 11:48 p.m.

RODERICK O’Donnell has been held in isolation in jail since being refused bail earlier this year for the possession of child pornography.

The disability pensioner, who has previously been put on the Child Protection Register over an offence in 2004, was separated from other prisoners once they found out the charges he was facing.

Magistrate Gordon Lerve said yesterday when imposing a 10-month parole period beginning on January 29 next year that it would be a condition for O’Donnell to take part in a sex offenders’ program.

Mr Lerve said more intensive supervision was required than in 2004.

It was considered then that O’Donnell’s offending was “merely experimental” and his supervision was discontinued.

“I am quite guarded about whether the offender has insight into the real evil of his offending,” Mr Lerve said.

He said the acquisition of the gravely offensive and illegal images was something that happened over time with little thought by O’Donnell about getting them.

Mr Lerve said there was a strong case for special circumstances with O’Donnell’s sentencing considering his age, physical disabilities, the need for supervision and the fact that his sentence would be served in protective custody.

O’Donnell needs a walking frame to help with his mobility.

He was described by the parish priest at Berrigan as “a loner”.

Mr Lerve said it was concerning that a report said O’Donnell on his release intended living close to a school and swimming pool.

“Obviously appropriate measures will need to be taken to ensure that does not occur,” Mr Lerve said.

He said O’Donnell, in an interview with a forensic psychiatrist, said he would in future make a point of not saving the offensive images.

“That is a long way from denouncing the conduct and indicating that he would cease access to child pornography,” Mr Lerve said.

Child sex offender jailed over text messages

05 Dec, 2011 09:05 AM

A SEX offender who sent inappropriate texts to a 13-year-old girl has been jailed for six months.

The sentence given to Robert William Keeling, 41, of Jarvie Road, Cringilla in Nowra Local Court also covered his failure to inform police of several changes of address.

In 2007 Keeling was convicted of aggravated sexual assault, three counts of aggravated indecent assault and stalking an 11-year-old girl.

He was given a three-year sentence with a non-parole period of 18 months and placed on the child protection register, one of its requirements being that he inform police if he moved.

Keeling was living at Seven Hills until December last year and visiting Nowra where his girlfriend lived.

Through her he met his young victim and socialised with her parents.

On September 17 last year he saw her at Wollongong Railway Station on a school excursion.

He asked for her mobile number and then sent her a text inviting her over for a drink.

Later that evening he was at her place with her family and his girlfriend when he sent texts saying she was “hot” asking her to get drunk with him.

The girl felt uncomfortable, and went to hide in her room.

She told her parents who informed the police.

On December 11 last year police went to Keeling’s Seven Hills address on an unrelated matter to discover he had moved.

On January 24 this year, Keeling went to Blacktown Police Station to update his contact details and was arrested.

He admitted moving and being at two addresses on the South Coast without informing police.

Keeling also admitted sending texts to the young girl and agreed they were something he could not have said openly to her.

In court Keeling was also given a nine-month jail sentence with a six-month non-parole period for driving while he was disqualified and fined $88 for having bald tyres.

He was also disqualified from driving for two years.