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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-05/paedophile-paramedic-sentence-13-years-sexual-abuse-22-girls-qld/8500040

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.

 

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Wayne Langhans

Posted: October 23, 2014 by Serendipity in Victoria
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http://www.skynews.com.au/news/local/melbourne/2014/10/23/vic-man-jailed-over-fake-facebook-date.html

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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http://www.vicpolicenews.com.au/news/4628-donald-dowdle-arrested.html

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.

 

http://www.vicpolicenews.com.au/news/4601-search-for-donald-dowdle.html

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 http://www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Belinda Batty

Media Officer

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http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/police-hunt-sex-pest-who-was-convicted-of-trying-to-groom-a-13yearold-girl-for-sex/story-fni0fee2-1227074026474

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

  • ANDREA HAMBLIN
  • 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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http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/2540927/jail-for-use-of-social-media/

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.

 


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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-21/maynard-jailed-sentence-appeal-fail-grooming/5909220

Former citizen of the year Benjamin Maynard loses appeal against sex-offence jailing in SA

By court reporter Loukas Founten

Fri 21 Nov 2014, 3:39pm

A former young citizen of the year who sent sexually-explicit text messages to a teenage girl has lost an appeal against his two-year jail sentence in South Australia.

Aboriginal community engagement officer Benjamin Peter Maynard, 26, was jailed in August after pleading guilty to charges including child grooming and child pornography.

He said he had no intention of taking what he called a “phone sex” relationship any further.

Maynard started communicating with the girl while working at her Adelaide northern suburbs school last year.

The girl’s friends found and reported a message on her phone which had an explicit photo.

Maynard admitted sending and receiving nude images and that he had the girl had discussed having sex.

But he argued in court he would never have done so, despite ample opportunity, and the sentence should be suspended.

The Court of Criminal Appeal found the sentencing judge correctly applied the law and the prison term was upheld.

Maynard can seek parole next May.

He was Salisbury Council’s young citizen of the year in 2011 and argued without success the judge should have given him credit for previous good character.

New legislation this year allowed courts to ignore a person’s previous good character during sentencing for some child-sex matters, including when a court was satisfied good character and lack of previous convictions had helped an offender commit a crime.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-22/school-worker-jailed-for-sending-explicit-images-to-teenage-girl/5689488

Adelaide school worker jailed for two years for sending explicit images to 13-year-old girl

By Justin Wilkey

Fri 22 Aug 2014, 12:45pm

An Adelaide school worker has been jailed for two years for sending a young girl sexually explicit images of himself and having naked images of her on his phone.

Benjamin Peter Maynard, 26, was found guilty over his relationship with a 13-year-old girl while he worked at her northern suburbs school last year as an Aboriginal community engagement officer.

Maynard admitted sending nude images of himself to the girl and discussing having sex, but said he did not find her attractive.

He said he had ample opportunity to have sex with the girl, but would never had done so.

Maynard, who was Salisbury council’s young citizen of the year in 2011 and a former state league netball umpire, described his actions as disturbingly wrong.

In May last year a school friend of the victim informed the school of the images on her friend’s phone.

In sentencing the judge said Maynard had abused his position as an engagement officer and used it for his own sexual gratification and that it was a grave breach of trust.

He said: “Although it’s reasonably possible that you didn’t want to have sex with her, you made no intention to cease communication.”

Maynard cried as the non-parole period of nine months was read out to the court.

His supporters hugged and cried as he was led away.

Maynard will be eligible for parole in May 2015.

 

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Brett Smallwood

Posted: August 20, 2014 by Serendipity in Queensland
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http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/news/facebook-sex-fiend-jailed-for-four-years/story-fnjfzs4b-1227017340667

Facebook sex fiend jailed for four years

  • EMMA CHANNON COURT REPORTER
  • Townsville Bulletin
  • August 08, 2014 12:00AM

A WOMAN posed as a teenager to trap a sex fiend who had been stalking young girls across Townsville on Facebook.

Brett Smallwood contacted five girls, all aged 14 and 15, asking for sex and in some cases offering money.

Townsville District Court was told yesterday that Smallwood’s obsession with contacting teen girls was so bad that not even bail conditions banning him from internet use could stop him.

He bombarded one 15-year-old with more than 261 Facebook and phone messages in less than three weeks.

An adult friend of another girl, aged 14, texted Smallwood posing as a teenager and agreed to meet him at IGA Mount Louisa to confront him.

Smallwood, 42, ran off after the woman started giving him a piece of her mind.

He pleaded guilty yesterday to 16 charges, including six charges of using electronic communications to procure a child for sex. Six other charges were for bail breaches.

Judge Clive Wall QC jailed Smallwood for a total of four years, with parole eligibility on August 6, 2015.

“Your contact with these girls has occurred with frightening regularity and frequency, over a relatively short period of time,” he said.

“People who use the internet, Facebook and mobile phones and the like to make contact with young people with the view to sexually exploit them, as you did, must be on notice that such behaviour is likely to result in … generous terms of imprisonment.”

Prosecutor Kelly Stone told the court Smallwood asked the 14-year-old if he could have sex with her. When she said she was 14, he offered her $500.

Mr Stone said the parents of one 15-year-old pleaded with Smallwood via SMS to stop contacting their daughter.

He agreed, but still sent another text to the girl telling her if she wanted to talk she could.

In most cases, Smallwood accessed the girls’ phone numbers from Facebook pages.

Barrister Michael Hibble said that, until this spate of ­offending between September 2013 and April 2014, he had had no criminal record.

“I tried to find out what triggered this explosion as he has never offended before in his entire life,” he said. “That is until suddenly last year, when he starts to trawl the internet.”

Mr Hibble said his client, who has cerebral palsy, did not have many friends.

 

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-13/no-appeal-against-sentence-for-ex-teacher-who/5887546

No appeal against sentence for ex-teacher who propositioned boy for sex

Thu 13 Nov 2014, 12:16pm

The Victorian Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) will not appeal against the sentence given to a former teacher from south-west Victoria who propositioned a boy for sex.

Diane Marie Brimble, 47, was earlier this year found guilty of committing an indecent act against a boy.

The County Court jury found she hugged the boy and asking him to sleep with her.

The court heard Brimble became obsessed with the child and had his name tattooed on her chest.

Brimble also wrote letters to him declaring her undying love.

She avoided jail and was instead sentenced to a two-year community corrections order, including 200 hours of unpaid community service.

The jury acquitted Brimble of five similar charges.

The OPP has decided against appealing against the verdict or sentence.

 

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/25217402/vic-teacher-on-sex-offenders-register/

Vic teacher on sex offenders register

October 9, 2014, 10:36 am

A Victorian primary school teacher who propositioned a 10-year-old student for sex has avoided jail but been ordered to complete 200 hours of community work.

Diane Marie Brimble, 47, of Hamilton, has been placed on a two-year community corrections order and will appear on the Sex Offenders Register for eight years after being convicted of committing an indecent act with a child under 16.

 

http://www.standard.net.au/story/2487275/hamilton-teacher-found-guilty-of-indecent-act-with-boy-aged-10/?cs=12

Hamilton teacher found guilty of indecent act with boy, aged 10

By ANDREW THOMSON

July 14, 2014, 12:23 p.m.

A HAMILTON teacher has been found guilty by a Warrnambool jury of committing an indecent act with a 10-year-old boy.

Mother-of-eight Diane Marie Brimble, 47, had pleaded not guilty in the Warrnambool County Court to six charges, including five counts of committing an indecent act with a child aged under 16 years and one count of using a telecommunications device to groom a child.

A Warrnambool jury returned verdicts just before noon on Thursday after deliberating for two days.

Brimble was found guilty of one charge and not guilty of five charges.

She was found guilty of hugging and kissing the boy and asking him to sleep with her to have sex.

 

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