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SA pedophile gets jail time increased


March 5, 2010 – 12:49PM

A man who selected one of his five abuse victims from a notorious Adelaide boys home has been jailed for another six years for a string of child sex offences.

Pedophile Barry William Johnston is already in prison for sex crimes and previously served time for similar offending in NSW.

In the South Australian District Court on Friday Judge Mark Griffin said Johnston had now pleaded guilty to abusing five young boys between 1974 and 1984.

Most were the children of work colleagues or family friends but one boy was living in the Salvation Army’s Eden Park boys home in the Adelaide Hills.

The home operated from the early 1900s until it was closed in the 1980s.

Another judge previously described the home as a disgrace and an horrific place of cruel incarceration where boys were regularly beaten and raped.

A former Salvation Army officer at the home was jailed recently after abusing four boys, including one more than 100 times.

Judge Griffin said Johnston came to an arrangement with the home to take a boy away on a camping trip.

But he said the now 62-year-old man began abusing his victim almost immediately, pulling over in his ute not long after collecting the boy.

Judge Griffin said Johnston’s offending involved a persistent pattern and he used gifts, trips and outings or the provision of his time to gain the trust of his victims and their families.

He said Johnston had been diagnosed as a pedophile with his primary sexual interest involving young boys since in his early 20s.

The man’s sexual instincts had never matured, the judge said.

Judge Griffin jailed Johnston for six years, on top of the five years he was already serving.

He extended the man’s non-parole period by three years and three months, meaning he must serve at least another six years in jail before being eligible for release.


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