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‘Facebook rapist’ jailed for NSW attacks

Mark Russell

16 August 2018

A NSW man has been jailed for at least 30 years after befriending teenage girls and young women on Facebook and other social media sites and then sexually assaulting them.

Andrew James Benn, 29, raped or indecently assaulted 14 teenagers and young women he met on social media, including Facebook, Tinder and Snapchat, between September 2012 and January 2017.

Newcastle District Court judge Roy Ellis on Thursday jailed Benn – who’d pleaded guilty to 33 charges including 21 counts of sexual intercourse without consent – for a total of 40 years with a non-parole period of 30 years.

Judge Ellis said the way a “depraved” Benn had treated his victims was “nothing short of despicable”. The judge described his enormous criminality as “evil”.

Benn would trawl through personal Facebook pages of random young women in the NSW Hunter region searching for victims and sending them friend requests.

After befriending them, Benn would gain their confidence, and then arrange to meet in person before attacking them.

In one case, Benn, from Rothbury in the Hunter Valley, sent a Facebook friend request to a 17-year-old girl in November 2013 and spent weeks chatting to her online until he convinced the teenager to meet him.

The year 11 student told Benn she’d never been on a date before. She thought he was going to drive her into Newcastle but, instead, he took her to a boat ramp at Morpeth in Maitland and raped her in the back seat.

Benn then drove the terrified girl to the Morpeth cemetery where he raped her again.

In an emotional victim impact statement read to the court, the woman revealed she’d been ashamed of what Benn had done to her.

At the time she felt she couldn’t tell anyone about being raped – including her mother.

“I was still in shock. I was worried about how my mother would react,” the woman told the court on Thursday.

She suffered panic attacks, nightmares and flashbacks after the attack and subsequently failed year 11. She didn’t return to school.

Another victim told the court she hated herself every day because she froze when Benn attacked her and didn’t fight back.

Benn was arrested in January 2017 after two teenage girls and three women aged between 16 and 20 contacted police to report he’d sexually assaulted them.

A further nine victims came forward following publicity about his arrest.






Age:   38

Location:   Myers Flat, VIC

Offence:   Pleaded guilty to 12 charges, including five counts of using a carriage service to transmit child exploitation material.

Sentence:   Jailed for six years, with a minimum of three years and eight months. He will be on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

Other:   Found with more than 12,700 child abuse images and 64 child abuse videos on three mobile phones also posted explicit images of a woman online with her personal details and rape threats. He also operated a small-scale clandestine drug laboratory in Kangaroo Flat to aid in his methamphetamine trafficking. He used social media platforms Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Instagram and kik to transmit child abuse material.






Age:  24

Location:   Townsville  QLD

Offence:  Pleaded guilty in Townsville District Court to five child exploitation material charges and two of using electronic communications in attempt to procure a child.

Sentence:  TBA

Other:  Afflick used video chat site Omegle & messenger app Kik to speak to others.  He once pretended to be a 12-year-old girl.

Paedophile paramedic sentenced to 13 years’ jail for sexual abuse of 22 girls across three states

By Isobel Roe

Updated 5 May 2017, 6:28pm

A former Queensland ambulance officer has been sentenced to 13 years in jail for “depraved” sexual abuse of 22 young girls across several states over a 10-year period.

The victims of 49-year-old Jason David Brooker were in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, with the youngest being 11 years old.

Brooker, who was between 38 and 47 years of age at the time of offending, contacted young girls via social media sites Kik, Tagged and Facebook using the name ‘Jaz’, ‘David Bourne’ or ‘David Brook’.

In the District Court in Toowoomba on Tuesday, Brooker pleaded guilty to 57 charges, including maintaining a relationship with a child under 16, carnal knowledge, indecent treatment and making and possessing child exploitation material.

The offending was carried out from Brooker’s home in Warwick on Queensland’s Southern Downs between 2005 and 2015, when one victim raised the alarm and police raided his property.

The court heard Brooker often paid for mobile phone credit for the young girls or offered to “get them into modelling” in exchange for naked photographs, and threatened to release the photos on the internet if the girls did not comply with requests for more explicit material.

Offender videoed sex with 14yo girl

Crown prosecutor Elizabeth Kelso told the court the most serious offending was involving a 14-year-old girl, who he lured via social media pretending to be a 16-year-old boy.

After several webcam chats where Brooker asked the girl to take off her clothes, the pair met multiple times including at a park and a hotel in the Brisbane suburb of Brookside.

Ms Kelso told the court the girl had not told her parents where she was going.

“[Brooker] filmed some of those interactions,” Ms Kelso said.

“In that footage he can be seen undressing the complainant.”

The pair then had sexual intercourse, which was also recorded on video.

‘I was made to feel like a disgusting human being’

During police raids of Brooker’s Warwick home in 2015, officers found a disc containing 83 photos of the girl in states of undress.

The court was read a victim impact statement from that girl, who is now an adult.

“[I] feel sick because of the visual memories,” the statement read.

“I feared for my life and my family’s too — I was made to feel like a disgusting human being.”

Ms Kelso said Brooker would request naked pictures and send pictures of his own genitalia to other girls.

The victims often found out the person they were talking to was not a 16-year-old boy when Brooker turned on his own webcam.

Ms Kelso said Brooker would often tell his victims he loved. If they refused his advances, he would threaten the victims with knowing where they lived.

“If the complainants became reluctant or started to ignore the defendant, he became angry,” she said.

“Where he had provided them money, he would tell them he felt he’d been ripped off.”

Ms Kelso said the most disturbing thing about Brooker’s conduct was the “meticulous” nature of the thousands of photos and videos in his child exploitation collection, found during the police raids.

Some of the exploitation material was of children as young as three years old.

“Not only was is stored electronically, it was also stored on CDs identified with the girls name, age and locations,” Ms Kelso said.

The raids also uncovered stolen prescription drugs and uniforms from the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS).

Brooker left the QAS during the 10 years of offending and began to work for a private firm as a paramedic.

Offender wrote apology letter, court told

Brooker’s defence lawyer David Jones told the court his client had not shared any of the child exploitation material he created.

He said Brooker’s conduct was largely inexplicable, but he had written a letter of apology and was on the road to rehabilitation.

In sentencing, Judge Deborah Richards told the court one incident involved threatening a young child with harm.

“You said: ‘If you don’t send me nudes I’ll track down your address and hurt your family’ — she was 11 years old,” the judge said.

Judge Richards said Brooker offended with the hope of having each of the girls have sex with him.

“You did make admissions … but downplayed the criminality of your actions on many occasions,” she said.

“This was persistent, depraved behaviour over a long period of time.”

Judge Deborah Richards chose not to label Brooker a serious violent offender.

He will be eligible to apply for parole in January 2021, six years after he was taken into custody.




Wayne Langhans

Posted: October 23, 2014 by Serendipity in Victoria
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Vic man jailed over fake Facebook date

Updated: 6:24 pm, Thursday, 23 October 2014

A Victorian man has been jailed after he used Facebook to arrange a date with a 13-year-old girl, who was really a police officer.

Police searched the home of Wayne Langhans, 40, after the planned rendezvous and found him to be in possession of child pornography, methylamphetamine and a samurai sword.

Hundreds of child pornography images and 109 videos were found on eight electronic devices owned by Langhans, as were records of conversations with a 15-year-old girl.

When police contacted the girl she revealed she had had sex with Langhans in July last year.

At the same time Langhans had having sexual conversations on Facebook with ‘Jules’, who he believed to be a 13-year-old girl.

On September 30 he sent ‘Jules’ a sexually explicit photograph and expressed a desire to meet.

Victorian County Court Judge Michael Tinney said Langhans had selected a person he thought was totally naive and pliable and would not report the conduct.

Langhans told ‘Jules’ they would both be dead if anybody knew about their conversations.

‘The internet has changed our world forever,’ Judge Tinney said in sentencing Langhans on Thursday.

‘People such as you can use the internet to force a relationship with a child in the first step towards sexual activity.’

Judge Tinney accepted Langhans had not produced or disseminated the child pornography material, but said possessing it was not a victimless crime.

He told Langhans he was part of the market that created the demand for producers of child pornography.

‘Each image will depict an actual victim starring back at you,’ Judge Tinney said.

Langhans pleaded guilty to eight charges, including sexual penetration of child under 16, using a carriage service to procure a child under 16 for sex and using a carriage service to transmit indecent material to a child under 16.

Judge Tinney jailed Langhans for three years and 10 months on the state charges and two years and 10 months on the Commonwealth charges to be served concurrently.

Langhans must serve two years and 10 months before he is eligible for parole.




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Donald Dowdle arrested

  • Wednesday, 01 October 2014 15:12

Police are no longer looking for Donald Dowdle after he was located in Melbourne this afternoon.

The 48-year-old man was arrested in Swanston Street about 1.30pm.

He was wanted in relation to failing to comply with reporting conditions and fail to comply with community worker.

Police would like to thank the media and community for their assistance.

Search for Donald Dowdle

  • Monday, 29 September 2014 13:37

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate Donald Dowdle.

The 48-year-old man is wanted in relation to failing to comply with reporting conditions and fail to comply with community worker.

Warrants for his arrest have been issued and police have released a photo of him in the hope that someone may have information on his current whereabouts.

Donald is described as 180cm tall, thin build, fair complexion, hazel eyes and has grey wavy short hair.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report via

Belinda Batty

Media Officer


Police hunt sex pest who was convicted of trying to groom a 13-year-old girl for sex

  • Herald Sun
  • September 29, 20142:04PM

POLICE are hunting a convicted sex pest who had been let free in the community after previously using the internet to groom a 13-year-old girl for sex.

Father-of-three Donald Dowdle is wanted for failing to comply with a community worker and failing to report to police.

Police would not provide details of when and where the 48-year-old was last seen.

A police spokeswoman would not comment on where the man had been living since he was freed from jail or to which police station he had been expected to report.

Dowdle has previously lived in Laverton.

He was jailed in late 2012 after using Facebook and MSN Messenger to groom who he thought was a young teen but who was actually an undercover police officer.

Dowdle requested pictures and sent explicit messages, contacting the “teen” more than 20 times in three weeks.

“Does it make me sound like a sicko wanting to kiss a girl your age?’’ he asked her.

Dowdle, then a kitchen hand, repeatedly told the girl she should hide their relationship from her mother.

He was arrested near Seaford railway station, where he went to meet the girl.

In 2012, County Court Judge Sue Pullen said she didn’t accept his claim that he was meeting the teen to tell her to leave him alone in person because “some people don’t get the message’’.

Dowdle was jailed for four months.

Police have issued warrants for the man’s arrest and have released a photo in the hope that someone may have seen him today.

He is described as 180cm tall, thin build, fair complexion, hazel eyes and with grey wavy short hair.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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Jail for use of social media

Sept. 6, 2014, midnight

A SOUTH Albury man on the NSW Child Protection Register created an email address and personal Facebook page contrary to restrictions imposed on him and tried to hide them from police, a court was told yesterday.

Andrew Joseph Pollard was put on the register because of a sexual assault conviction in 2006.

He was released from custody in March on strict parole conditions.

Later Pollard, who has an intellectual disability, provided police with updated phone contact details and said he had no internet registration or social site information to disclose.

But his email address and Facebook page were created on May 6.

There were numerous discussions with an Albury detective between March 9 and July 5 and Pollard denied any internet usage.

Police became aware a page had been created by him with a Sydney address.

Officers spoke to him on July 5 and he denied using Facebook, but evidence was found on his mobile phones.

Pollard, 46, of Abercorn Street, pleaded guilty in Albury Local Court yesterday to a charge of failing to comply with reporting conditions.

Solicitor Joy Kirby said Pollard’s parole was revoked on July 25 and his earliest release date is now June 24, 2016.

Ms Kirby said his family lives in Queensland and he wanted to com-municate with them.

“There is no suggestion that he was using his Facebook inappropriately,” Ms Kirby said.

She said the regulations involved with being on the register are quite cumbersome and Pollard claimed that he did not fully understand them.

“The consequences of this breach are already being felt by him,” Ms Kirby said.

Magistrate Megan Greenwood said Pollard was required to notify police of any change with his circumstances.

“This was a situation where you just did not comply,” she said.

Ms Greenwood said Pollard has a poor criminal record with a number of serious sex offences.

She imposed a three-month jail term to expire on December 4.