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Jones is the former deputy principal at Woodridge State High School, in Logan, south of Brisbane.

He had worked at Education Queensland since 2004.

Teacher sentenced for series of sexual offences

A 57-year-old man has today, Tuesday 22 August 2017, been sentenced in connection with a number of child sex offences.

Glyn Barrington Jones, formerly of Major Mitchell Drive, Brisbane, Australia, was charged in January 2016 by officers from Norfolk Constabulary’s Children Abuse Investigation Unit, with 13 offences including 11 counts of indecent assault and two of attempted indecent assault.

Jones pleaded guilty yesterday (Monday 21 August 2017) to seven of the indecent assaults. The other offences will remain on file.

The assaults started while he was a trainee and also took place while he was in post as a Physical Education teacher in Norfolk and Devon.  The offences he was convicted of relate to six female victims  and were committed between 1979 and 1996.  All the victims were aged 16 or under at the time.

When sentencing Jones to five years in prison, Judge Anthony Bate described his offences as having “an enduring impact” on the victims with Jones continuing to lead an “outwardly respectable life as a man of apparent good character” while in fact being a “clandestine sex offender since age of 19.”

Following today’s Norwich Crown Court appearance, Detective Constable Kim Taylor who headed the investigation, said: “Jones took complete advantage of his position of trust to encourage his victims to allow him to carry out sex offences having persuaded them that he was in an emotional relationship with them.

“I want to thank all the victims involved in this investigation for their bravery and patience while this case came to court.  Although by pleading guilty, he has prevented the victims from having to relive their ordeal through a trial, they should not have been in this position in the first place.

“This enquiry highlights how important we consider all allegations of abuse , non recent or current and should assure other victims of abuse that every report is fully investigated by Norfolk Constabulary, with specialist officers guiding victims through the process.”

Jones was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life.






Former Singleton primary school teacher has been convicted of indecently assaulting one of his students in 1989

A SINGLETON teacher who indecently assaulted one of his students in 1989 has been sentenced to an 18-month suspended jail term in Newcastle District Court.

Michael Patrick Beh appeared in court on Friday for sentencing after pleading guilty to one count of indecently assaulting a person under authority, which carries a maximum penalty of six years in jail.

Beh, now 62, was teaching a boy – then aged nine or 10 – when he placed his hand up the boy’s pants leg and fondled his genitalia, the court heard. Beh continued to teach at the school for more than 20 years before retiring.

“While the factual material contains some allegations that he touched the lad on more than one occasion there is but one count on the indictment and I am not entitled to take into account the other matters other than the point of view of saying that it can’t be said that this was a one-off offence,” Judge Roy Ellis said.

Judge Ellis said he was also required to sentence Beh in “accordance with the sentencing principles that existed in 1989”, when the sentencing regime was significantly more lenient.

“There is little room for personal deterrence, bearing in mind that he desisted voluntarily in his offending against this lad and has not re-offended in the last 27 years,” Mr Ellis said.

“Mr Beh in fact when first spoken to by the victim readily admitted his offence and apologised to his victim.

“When spoken to by the police he entered into an electronically recorded interview and made full admissions.

“That he readily acknowledged what he had done and apologised for it is not the normal course that these matters take.

“Generally speaking there is a denial.”

Judge Ellis sentenced Beh to an 18-month suspended sentence and ordered him to accept ongoing psychological assistance.

“This is not an easy sentencing matter,” Judge Ellis said. “Because, on the one hand, sending this man into custody would certainly be a punishment to him.

“But on the other it seems to me to be in the long-term interests of the community to proceed in a way other than sending him into custody for a few months, that would only protect the community for the few months that he is in custody.

“If I place him on a suspended sentence for 18 months the community is likely to be protected for at least that period and, if in fact the rehabilitation is effective, the community would be protected for the balance of his life.”

The victim Tom* is now 37 years of age and, commenting on the sentencing, says he feels some relief that his abuser has, at long last, been convicted.

“Perhaps I would have preferred to have seen a custodial sentence but at least now his abuse is on the public record and I can hopefully move on with my life,” he said.

Tom first reported the matter to Police nine years ago.

However, after not getting much of a response, and learning Mr Beh had been elevated to the position of Deputy Principal at the school in 2012, he felt compelled get further legal advice.

Tom told The Singleton Argus at the time of the abuse he didn’t understand why this was happening to him.

“I just dreaded coming to school and was completely confused. Looking back now I can see he wanted me to be his best friend and used grooming methods so I wouldn’t tell anyone what he was doing to me,” he said.

“If it was happening to me it was probably happening to other students and that’s my biggest concern and fear.”

Eventually, Tom’s family moved away and that solved the immediate threat of abuse.

But, it didn’t solve the impact the abuse had on his life.

“It ate away at me for many years until I was falling apart, crying all the time not coping and then aged 25 I told my mother about the abuse and went to the police,” he said.

“Mum said she had noticed my personality had changed following the abuse she noticed I had become depressed but she was unsure what had caused the change or how to address the situation.”

Tragically for Tom, his original complaint made to Queensland Police because he was residing in that state was “lost” in the system.

Tom was frustrated and angered by the original police response because it’s their role to investigate claims of child abuse.

Tom’s decision to talk publicly about his abuse is to raise awareness especially locally about his abuser and remind people child sexual abuse is not confined to religious orders or never going to happen again.

“My abuser may be slightly inconvenienced by his conviction but my life has been blighted by his abuse,” he said.

*Not his real name


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Adelaide ex-teacher avoids jail for second child pornography offence

By Loukas Founten


A former Adelaide teacher who lost his job nearly 20 years ago for possessing child pornography has been given a three-year suspended sentence for a similar offence.

In 1997, James Charles Willis lost his job and was fined $3,000 after pleading guilty to possessing 28 items of child pornography.

On August 15 last year, Federal Police searched his home and seized USB sticks, DVDs and magazines, many of which were classified as containing low-level child pornography.

District Court Judge Paul Muscat said Willis, 69, had shown a disturbing lack of appreciation for the harm caused to children by his “insidious and vile crime”.

This was despite being a “respected teacher” whose employment was terminated following his last conviction.

“It is clear that your previous experience with the courts has not deterred you from having an interest in child pornography,” Judge Muscat said.

Willis pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography.

He was jailed for 22 months with a nine-month non-parole period but was given a suspended sentence bond for three years.

Teacher claims an interest in Greek art

Judge Muscat said the recent material contained 165 images, 10 movies and six magazines depicting boys aged between 14 and 16 in erotic poses with no sexual activity.

“You participated in an interview with the police where you sought to justify your possession of the child pornography material,” he said.

“You stated to the police and the psychologists that you find pictures of naked boys in their late teens ‘beautiful’.

“You have described your interest in naked adolescent boys as ‘equivalent to the Greek ideal’, and by that I understand you to mean the perfect body image of a male, as depicted in Greek sculpture and classical art.”

Willis denied that he gained any sexual arousal or attraction to the images of naked boys.

Judge ‘anguished’ over sentence

Judge Muscat said he “anguished over” whether or not to suspend the sentence.

He told Willis that “what tipped the scaled in (his) favour” was his remorse and accepted that he was “in need of professional help to deal with unhealthy sexual desires”.

As part of his three-year good behaviour bond, Willis must seek treatment as directed by a corrections officer who will oversee his rehabilitation while on the bond.

“In the end I have exercised my discretion to allow you to remain within the community and receive treatment there,” Judge Muscat said.

“I have given you the chance to stay out of prison, but I think you know well enough that if you do not accept this opportunity that you will have to go to jail and you are old enough and certainly intelligent enough to know that you must not commit a crime like this again, and you must seek treatment for your attraction to child pornography material.

“I think you know now that viewing this material is just as vile and evil as if you touched the children in those images.”


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Catholic brother avoids jail over sex assaults

June 17, 2005 – 12:09PM

A Marist brother who indecently assaulted seven students more than 30 years ago has avoided jail in Victoria.

Brother Gerard McNamara, of Mt Macedon, worked at St Paul’s Catholic College in Traralgon as a principal and sports master in the early 1970s when the offences took place.

The 67-year-old, who pleaded guilty to seven counts of indecent assault, received a 36-month jail sentence fully suspended for two years, at the Victorian County Court today.

The court had heard the assaults, which were not reported until 2003, mostly took place in a sports equipment shed where he massaged the students, aged between 11 and 14 years, after they suffered sport injuries.

In sentencing, Judge Jim Duggan said a suspended jail sentence was appropriate because McNamara’s crimes were “at the lower end of the scale”.

“The nature of the offending, what you actually did to these victims, wasn’t as bad as unfortunately is often the case,” he said.

Judge Duggan said he also took into account that McNamara had “voluntarily desisted” from the behaviour since the offences and he had made a substantial contribution to the welfare of society as a Marist brother.

Marist brother on sex count

By Daniella Miletic
June 4, 2005

A word or glance from Marist brother Gerard McNamara was enough to make some students at St Paul’s Catholic College so filled with fear they would wet their pants.

It was well known among students that the Catholic headmaster “spent time alone with boys”, and each dreaded an invitation from McNamara to the storage shed – the shed where he would “massage” students who had injured themselves in a sports lesson.

In the County Court yesterday, McNamara, 67, admitted he had sexually assaulted seven young boys more than 30 years ago at the college in Traralgon, Gippsland.

In a courtroom room filled with his family and friends – but no victims – he pleaded guilty to seven charges of indecent assault on pupils aged 11 to 14 in the early 1970s.

The court was told that McNamara would instruct his victims to go to the shed, where the school’s sports equipment was stored, for a remedial massage after they had injured themselves in a sports lesson.

On two occasions he took his victims to a room inside the college.

McNamara, of Mount Macedon, had the various roles of principal, deputy principal, sports co-ordinator and discipline co-ordinator at the time of the offences.

Prosecutor Boris Kayser said that the boys were taken into the shed and asked to lie on a table and take their clothes off from the waist down.

He would then inappropriately massage them, and would sometimes use a strong-smelling heat balm around the genital area.

In victim-impact statements tendered to the court, one victim said that to this day the smell made him feel ashamed, and would evoke memories of the experience.McNamara’s defence lawyer, Russ Hammill, told the court his client’s behaviour should be measured against a life that “in all other respects has been the epitome of his faith”.

He said McNamara had “considerable remorse” and had entered an early guilty plea.

“He is an example of a good man who has behaved badly,” he said.

Judge Jim Duggan released him on bail for sentencing on June 17.


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