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‘Loud fence’ honours victims as parole date nears for Park Orchards paedophile Barry Watson

February 25, 2016 12:20pm

The “loud fence” at Domeney Reserve, Park Orchards, pays tribute to the victims of paedophile Barry Watson.

ROWS of brightly coloured ribbons have been tied to a fence in a Park Orchards reserve to mark the horrors inflicted by paedophile Barry Watson, as his parole date nears.

The ribbons, a tribute to Watson’s victims, make-up what is known as a “loud fence” at Domeney Reserve, the exact site where the former Park Orchards youth leader molested young boys in the 1960s and ’70s.

The ribbons were tied to the fence by a woman in support of the victims, as part of the “loud fence” social media movement which encourages people to report abuse.

Watson, who was jailed in December 2013, will be eligible for parole in coming months.

The now 75-year-old abused boys aged between nine and 13 while he was a youth leader for the Church of England Boys Society (CEBS) in Park Orchards.

Court documents show Watson would often order boys to strip naked before molesting them.

Watson would often isolate boys at the society’s hall in Domeney Reserve or his own Park Orchards home before abusing them.

In several instances, Watson, who claimed he himself was sexually abused as a child, would fondle his victims’ genitalia and claim he was checking for diseases.

Watson also abused boys, sometimes in large groups at the same time, during CEBS camps in Warrandyte and Frankston and while driving through Olinda and Healesville for work.

During one incident, Watson, according to court documents, took photographs of a naked boy and told the victim he had friends who would want to look at the photos.

Watson’s victims are now middle-aged men. They will be allowed to address the Parole Board to either support or oppose his early release.

In impact statements to the Melbourne County Court, his victims reported multiple suicide attempts, drug and alcohol abuse, failed marriages and emotional scars.

One victim said he found it difficult to attend his daughter’s sporting events at Domeney Reserve where he was abused.

In December 2013, County Court Judge Rachelle Lewitan sentenced Watson to four years imprisonment with a non-parole period of two and a half years.

A spokesman for the Adult Parole Board said the question of Watson’s parole had not yet been determined.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard this month that a ring of paedophiles abused children throughout Australia during their time as adult leaders in the Church of England Boys Society.

However, the commission did not investigate this abuse in Victoria, where Watson was active.

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Child sexual abuse victims angry over perpetrator’s jail term

  • Adam Cooper

Victims of a man who sexually assaulted 11 boys more than three decades ago when he was a community leader are angry at what they consider a light jail term.

Barry Francis Watson, 73, will serve a minimum of 2 1/2 years in prison for abusing boys in his care as young as seven when he was a leader in the Anglican Church’s youth group, CEBS, between 1969 and 1979.

Watson was found guilty in October of 12 charges of indecent assault on a boy aged under 16. He then pleaded guilty to another six charges.

On Thursday County Court Judge Rachelle Lewitan imposed a maximum jail term of four years but the sentence has upset some of Watson’s victims.

One called out to Watson as he was led from the dock, and outside court, he and others spoke of their disappointment to prosecutors.

Watson was trusted by the community to let boys stay at his home and at camps, or to ride with him in his delivery van when he worked for a bread company.

The court heard he took advantage of his victims by assaulting them while they were bathing, seated next to him in his van and at CEBS camps and activities.

At a camp he had a group of boys undress and stand in a circle. He then went around the group inappropriately touching each boy, the court was told.

Judge Lewitan said Watson’s victims had all spoken of the impact his offending had on them.

She said many were distrusting of others and had relationship problems. One man said in a victim impact statement that he had had trouble bathing his children and changing their nappies.

One man spoke of problems with alcohol, drugs and anger, and another said he had immense psychological problems, including attempted suicide and a fear of bread aisles in supermarkets because they reminded him of Watson.

Judge Lewitan said Watson had abused the trust of people who respected him and considered him a mentor to young boys he was supposed to be caring for.

“The facts in these cases are extremely serious and disturbing and involve a gross breach of trust of 11 children – who were at the time between seven and 13 years of age – and their parents,” she said.

She said Watson had never shown remorse for his offending and some of his victims had been subjected to “vigorous cross-examination” during his trial.

Watson was found not guilty of one charge and three others were discharged.

The court heard that Watson had been sexually abused at an Anglican boarding school in Dubbo.

In 1987 he pleaded guilty to similar charges in Melbourne Magistrates Court but the jail term was wholly suspended.

Watson, a father and grandfather, showed no emotion when his sentence was handed down. He has already served 53 days in custody.


New names for pedophiles

ANNE MATHER   |   July 23, 2011 12.01am

AN advocate for abuse victims fears convicted sex offenders have been using a loophole in the law to change their names after release from prison.

Beyond Abuse spokesman Steve Fisher said yesterday it appeared a convicted Tasmanian pedophile had changed his identity since moving interstate.

Mr Fisher said former Anglican priest Garth Stephen Hawkins was now in South Australia and had allegedly changed his name by deed poll to “Robin Goodfellow”.

Mr Fisher, who is one of Hawkins’ victims, said convicted sex offenders were able to change their name under Tasmanian law up until only four weeks ago.

Mr Fisher said the legal loophole which allowed sex offenders to change their names had been raised as an issue nationally three years ago, but Tasmania had been slow in amending the legislation.

“This would never have happened if the Government had done what it was meant to do,” Mr Fisher said. “We want an apology.”

The Tasmanian Government passed the Community Protection (Offender Reporting) Amendment Bill on June 16 this year, which allows the Police Commissioner the right to veto an offender changing their name.

Hawkins was jailed in 2003 on 11 counts of sexual abuse of boys he met through his work as an Anglican priest at East Devonport, Triabunna and Hamilton. He admitted abusing seven youths, aged between 13 and 18, in the 1970s and 1980s.

Hawkins moved to South Australia when he was released from jail two years ago.

Mr Fisher said he recently learned of Hawkins’ alleged name change from someone in South Australia who is writing a book about pedophiles’ links to the Church of England Boys Society from the 1960s to 1990s.

Mr Fisher said he was appalled by the name Robin Goodfellow, because it appeared to be taken from Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

“The biggest kick in the stomach was the name Robin Goodfellow — he is known as the naughty fairy in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and in medieval times Robin Goodfellow was known as the devil,” he said.

Former Anglican priest to be released from jail

Posted Sat Mar 28, 2009 9:07am AEDT

A Tasmanian man sexually abused as a teenager says he has mixed feelings about his attacker being released from jail.

The Parole Board has approved the release of former Anglican priest Garth Stephen Hawkins, who was jailed in 2003 for abusing seven teenagers during the 1970s and 80s.

One of his victims, Steve Fisher, says he’s satisfied the Parole Board has applied strict conditions for Hawkins’ release.

“I believe that you know there’s nothing more they could have done,” Mr Fisher said.

“I would prefer to see him in jail for the term of his natural life, as would all of the other guys, but you know this is the, the law as it throws it up to us,” he said.

Mr Fisher is also a spokesman for the survivors’ group Beyond Abuse.

Former priest to be placed on sex offenders register

Posted April 7, 2008 18:16:00

A former Tasmanian Anglican priest and convicted paedophile will be put on the sex offenders register for 8 years.

62-year-old Garth Stephen Hawkins will be listed on the register when he’s released from prison.

In 2003, Hawkins was sentenced to seven and half years in jail for abusing seven teenage boys in the 1970s and 1980s.

In 2004 he was sentenced to a further nine months prison for molesting another teenage boy in the 1980s.

Earlier this year police applied to the Magistrates Court to have the former priest placed on Tasmania’s sex offenders register.

Magistrate Glenn Hay ordered Hawkins to have a forensic mental health assessment before he made a decision.

This morning Mr Hay, granted the application.


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Ex-church leader jailed over youth camp abuse

Posted March 12, 2009 11:36:00
Updated March 12, 2009 15:30:00

A former church leader has been jailed for 18 years for sexually abusing Adelaide boys in the 1970s and 80s.

District Court Judge Gordon Barrett said Andrew William Dawson-Ryan, 60, of Cumberland Park had abused his position of trust over 16 years.

He had been a leader of the Church of England Boys Society at suburban Plympton.

The court heard he assaulted four boys, mostly on youth camps, with one offence believed to have happened interstate.

The boys were given alcohol and cigarettes and Dawson-Ryan kept in touch with their families.

Judge Barrett said the offences had had a profound effect on the victims, one of whom had worried for years that he may have contracted AIDS or a venereal disease.

The judge said Dawson-Ryan had shown little remorse for his actions.

A non-parole term of 10 years has been set.

Dawson-Ryan has filed an appeal against his conviction.

‘No mercy’ call for pedophile Andrew William Dawson-Ryan

  • The Advertiser
  • February 23, 2009 11:30PM

A REMORSELESS Anglican Church pedophile who systematically abused boys “hundreds of times” must be shown no mercy, say prosecutors.

Prosecutors today told the District Court there was no reason to extend leniency to former Church of England Boys Society youth leader Andrew William Dawson-Ryan.

The 60-year-old’s counsel were hard-pressed to disagree – an hour-long hearing, set down for defence to make submissions, lasted just 20 minutes.

Dawson-Ryan, of Cumberland Park, was last year convicted by a jury of 12 counts of indecent assault, five counts of unlawful sexual intercourse, gross indecency and procuring an act of gross indecency.

Between 1972 and 1988, he abused a number of boys entrusted into his care as a leader with the Church of England Boys Society.

He plied them with cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana and pornography, and made friends with their families.

Today Mark Norman, prosecuting, said the “sheer scope and scale” of the offending was staggering.

“These are just examples of hundreds of offences he committed, for which he cannot possibly be sentenced,” he said.

“The timing of the abuse was systematic, with a profound and prolonged impact upon a generation of families.

“The best that can be said, in mitigation, is that there was no violence… leniency is proscribed.”

Lindy Powell, QC, for Dawson-Ryan, asked the court consider her client’s age and lack of offending since 1998 when imposing sentence.

Judge Gordon Barrett remanded Dawson-Ryan in custody for sentencing next month.

Anyone abused by Dawson-Ryan is asked to contact the Anglican Church on 8366 6589.


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