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Adelaide online predator jailed


November 14, 2014, 4:25 pm

An Adelaide man who groomed a 14-year-old girl for a sexual relationship through an online game has been jailed.

Roy Jonas drove from his home in Adelaide to Melbourne to meet the girl after exchanging intimate details with her online.

The pair engaged in sexual acts in the 41-year-old’s car and in a hotel room during the trip in May 2013.

The pair maintained their sexual relationship for two months, the Victorian County Court heard.

Judge Mark Dean said Jonas took advantage of the girl’s troubled past to strike up a sexual relationship with her.

“You were significantly older than her, and were aware that she was vulnerable and confused,” he told Jonas on Friday.

“You were also aware that she had a disrupted home life and did not have the support of her parents.”

Jonas pleaded guilty to committing an indecent act with a child under 16 and two counts of sexual penetration of a child under 16.

Judge Dean sentenced him to three-and-a-half years in prison, of which he must serve two years before becoming eligible for parole.


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‘Cookie monster’ jailed for internet grooming

court reporter Sarah Farnsworth

Updated Thu Feb 10, 2011 7:15pm AEDT

A 24-year-old Melbourne man who called himself Cookie Monster as he groomed teenagers for sex over the internet has been jailed for more than four years.

Arran Wratten of Carlton pleaded guilty to 14 charges including sexual penetration of a child under 16, using a carriage service to procure a child under 16 to engage in sexual activity, procuring a minor for the purpose of making child pornography and possession of child pornography.

Under the pseudonym Cookie Monster, Wratten, who was 22 at the time, used chatrooms and an instant messaging service to discuss sexual activities with his victims who were aged between 11 and 14.

He was arrested after the mother of a 13-year-old girl found inappropriate and highly sexual text messages on her daughter’s phone.

Police seized his phone and computer, uncovering 6,000 text messages he had sent to a large number of girls as well as between 500 and 600 images of child pornography on his laptop.

The contents of the computer revealed Wratten had sent explicit photographs of himself to his nine victims and encouraged them to do the same.

In one case he told a 14-year-old girl he wanted to meet and have “vampire sex” with her after they had discussed vampirism and exchanging blood.

The court heard Wratten also had a year-long sexual relationship with a girl he knew was 13.

Judge Wendy Wilmoth told the court he had “exploited” a number of young women and one “particularly vulnerable” girl was so emotionally hurt she had tried to commit suicide.

She said psychologists were divided over whether he was a paedophile or a person who was attracted to adolescents.

“You didn’t believe you were behaving predatorily at the time,” she told Wratten.

The court heard he was immature and sexually precocious when he offended and still did not believe he was solely to blame.

However Judge Wilmoth said due to his age, Wratten had good prospects of rehabilitation.

She sentenced him to serve a minimum two years’ jail. He will be a registered sex offender for life.


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McIntosh was re-sentenced by Justice John Basten to 24 years prison with a non-parole period of 18 years, starting from 2008. He will not be eligible for parole until December 2026.–jailed-for-32-years-20110822-1j5ua.html

Elation in court as paedophile jailed for 32 years

Paul Bibby

August 22, 2011 – 12:40PM

Cheers broke out in court as one of NSW’s most notorious paedophiles, Andrew Dean McIntosh, was sentenced to up to 32 years in jail for sadistic rapes and assaults on teenage boys.

McIntosh, 53, has been convicted of more than 20 charges of sexual assault, buggery and indecent assault over the course of nearly 20 years.

Today, he was sentenced in the NSW District Court to 32 years’ jail with a non-parole period of 20 years for crimes against three boys between 1979 and 1984 in Inverell in north-west NSW.

He was also sentenced for a series of rapes and assaults on Baker College student Sascha Chandler while working as a volunteer cadet master at the private school in the early 1990s.

District Judge Michael Finnane told the court that McIntosh was a “dangerous and unrepentant paedophile … who enjoyed inflicting pain on his victims”.

The many victims in the gallery of the District Court cheered and broke into applause as the sentence was handed down, with a number of the victims, including Mr Chandler, bursting into tears.

The court heard that McIntosh would befriend the boys, buying them drinks and cigarettes and inviting them to his property in Inverell to ride BMX bikes and shoot rifles.

He then brutally raped and assaulted them, flogging them with a plastic cane and often threatening to “blow up” their families if they told anyone about the assaults committed against them.

Mr Chandler was befriended by McIntosh during a cadet camp organised by Baker College.

Over the course of a number of years in the early 1990s, he then brutally raped and assaulted Mr Chandler.

McIntosh remained impassive throughout the sentencing hearing, giving no response when the sentence was handed down.

He will not be eligible for parole until December 2028.

Paul Bibby is a Herald Court Reporter.

Victim brings paedophile to justice 15 years on

Ben Cheshire and Jennifer Feller

Updated July 25, 2011 16:08:24

After Sascha Chandler’s first child was born, he decided to do all he could to bring a paedophile who had abused him more than 15 years earlier to justice.

That decision prompted a remarkable hunt for one of Australia’s most notorious paedophiles, Andrew McIntosh.

In an exclusive interview with Australian Story, Mr Chandler reveals the obstacles he faced bringing his abuser to justice.

McIntosh was on parole for child sex offences committed in Grafton, NSW, when he started as a volunteer cadet organiser at one of Sydney’s most prestigious private schools, Barker College, in 1990.

He quickly zeroed in on a then 14-year-old Sascha Chandler, following a pattern he had used before and would use again to groom his victims.

First he won Sascha Chandler’s trust, then he befriended the family. When the grooming was complete, the abuse began. And it did not stop until Sascha Chandler was 17.

Sascha Chandler tried to move on from his past by moving to London, where he developed a stellar career as a banker.

But when his first child was born, Mr Chandler felt the need to face his demons.

On returning to Australia, he walked into Hornsby Police Station to make a statement.

“Telling the nature of the abuse in front of strangers was a difficult thing to do. Are they going to believe me?” Mr Chandler says.

By 2007, police had gathered enough evidence to arrest McIntosh but there was no trace of him.

Two families sailing their yachts in the Whitsundays had come across a friendly sailor who called himself Hayden Stuart. He seemed to pay an awful lot of attention to their children but was uncomfortable around adults.

They came across documents that revealed the man’s real name was Andrew McIntosh, and when they typed his name into a search engine, they discovered he was a wanted paedophile.

McIntosh was arrested but skipped bail not long before his trial was to begin.

Coincidentally, within a few days, one of the families he had sailed with in the Whitsundays spotted McIntosh at the marina in Mooloolaba on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

They called police but McIntosh got away again.

“It was almost calamitous, the way events were unfolding,” recalls detective Andrew Fraser.

“I can’t put it into words how livid I was.”

In another remarkable coincidence, McIntosh was spotted again by the same family three days later and captured.

The trial went ahead and McIntosh was convicted of 24 offences against Mr Chandler.

Mr Chandler went out of his way to ensure his story would be told publicly, asking the judge in the case to lift the suppression order on his name, something which usually applies in cases of sexual abuse.

He wants to tell his story publicly in the hope that other victims of child abuse might be encouraged to seek justice.

“We had a lot of people telling us not to do it,” he says.

“And I said, ‘well, I can’t sleep at night if I can’t stand up as an adult and do my very best to stop this man’.”

Despite the dramatic events that led up to the trial and the emotional toll of giving evidence in court, Mr Chandler tells Australian Story the process was “absolutely” worth it.

“It allows me to truly look forward and get on with my life, knowing that he can’t hurt anybody else,” he says.

Andrew McIntosh is due to be sentenced in August.

Watch the full report on Australian Story tonight at 8pm on ABC1.

Paedophile befriended parents


28 May, 2011 12:32 AM

HE GAVE the boys bikes, drinks, watches and rifles. He bought their mothers flowers. He was regularly invited into the family home to share meals. And when he took the boys on overnight trips he would beat and sexually assault them, before cuddling them and calling them special.

Andrew Dean McIntosh, 56, a paedophile and former volunteer cadet officer at Barker College, was yesterday found guilty of 18 child sex offences committed against three boys between 1979 and 1984.

McIntosh has previously been convicted in 1988 and 2009 of similar charges, including homosexual intercourse and indecent assault, against other teenagers.

During the trial, a District Court jury was told McIntosh methodically ”groomed” his young victims by befriending their parents, buying them gifts and taking them motocross riding, until he was seen by both the boys and their families as a ”father figure” or ”older brother”. Once trusted, he would take them on overnight trips from their small country town of Inverell or to other towns.

He sexually assaulted one boy, then aged about 16, under the pretext of showing him how to put on a condom, saying, ”It’s OK. I’m a friend. I’m showing you what to do as a favour.”

Another victim, then in his early teens, was whipped up to 10 times with a kettle cord after he refused McIntosh sex.

Yesterday one victim and his family wept as the guilty verdicts were read out. ”He’s just evil, he’s a predator and it’s well calculated … he manipulates issues and situations to benefit himself,” the man, now 41, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said.

McIntosh was on parole for indecently assaulting a child when he was a volunteer cadet officer at Barker College in 1991 and 1992, during which time he sexually, physically and emotionally abused a student, Sascha Chandler.

McIntosh will be sentenced on July 18.

Cadet abuser was already on parole


October 19, 2009

A FORMER cadet officer at a north shore private school sexually assaulted a boy at a camp while on parole for similar offences.

The Herald can also reveal that Andrew Dean McIntosh was a volunteer cadet officer at Barker College, which last week failed in court to keep the name of the school secret.

It was also revealed on Friday that the Hornsby school was not aware that McIntosh, 51, had served time in jail for the indecent assault of a child when he began working there in 1990.

McIntosh was found guilty in July of 24 charges including indecent assault and homosexual intercourse with the student between April 1991 and January 1992.

The victim, Sascha Chandler, now 34, asked the court for permission to be named publicly in the hope that other victims will come forward.

In the most serious offences, which occurred over four consecutive nights, Mr McIntosh rowed the then 16-year-old student across Pittwater to his Towlers Bay home from a cadet camp and had intercourse with the boy before rowing him back each morning.

Before the first offence, McIntosh had become friends with members of Mr Chandler’s family and even moved into their street.

Mr Chandler declined to comment outside the District Court, saying it was inappropriate to speak about the case before McIntosh had been sentenced.

McIntosh, who volunteered as an officer of the cadet unit at Barker, had served 15 months’ jail for the indecent assault of a person under 16.

He had been out of jail for less than two years before committing the first act of gross indecency with Mr Chandler,shortly after joining the school.

Barker settled a civil case brought by Mr Chandler for an undisclosed sum. The names of McIntosh, Mr Chandler and the school had been suppressed during the criminal trial.

But that suppression was last week lifted by Judge Michael Finnane, despite opposition from Barker, which argued that public disclosure of its involvement in the case would unfairly punish the school.

Tunc Ozen, who represented Barker College, told the court the school had not been aware of the assaults and that they had taken place when schools had not been legally required to carry out criminal checks on their employees.

Mr Ozen said McIntosh had been retained as a volunteer officer of the school’s cadet corps to assist boys with communications equipment and training.

”He was in no sense an employee, he was retained by the school,” Mr Ozen said. ”Common sense would say that if the school was aware that the person was on parole for these sorts of crimes he would not have worked there.”

The Crown prosecutor Phillip Calvert described McIntosh as a ”very active pedophile”.

But Robert McIntosh said his brother’s behaviour had been misconstrued in court as sinister, when instead he had been operating in a grey area. ”I think he’s got a bit of a learning disability,” Mr McIntosh said.

”It seems to me it was somebody who has got developmental problems fooling around.”

During a 2007 trial in which McIntosh was acquitted of possessing child pornography, aggravated assault and committing acts of indecency on a person under the age of 16, it had been alleged that he touched the groins and buttocks of two brothers aged 10 and 11, whom he had recruited for the making of a short feature film in Vanuatu.

The man who filmed nude boys

March 24, 2007

A filmmaker acquitted of assault in Vanuatu had a record of pedophilia, reveals Leonie Lamont.

ANDREW DEAN McINTOSH had a dream and a budget – $500,000 to make a short feature film with more than a nodding resemblance to The Blue Lagoon.

But nude footage of the “bronzed Aussie” boys he was testing for the film, whom he took on a $25,000 filming expedition to Vanuatu in April 2005, cast the 50-year-old filmmaker in a different light.

After a six-week trial, a District Court jury took just 4½ hours this week to acquit Mr McIntosh of possessing child pornography, aggravated assault and committing acts of indecency on a person under 16 outside Australia.

The jury did not know this was not the first time Mr McIntosh had been accused of being a pedophile. In the late 1980s he was jailed for indecently assaulting a person under 16 and assault with an act of indecency.

Discussions in the jury’s absence revealed that in the 1980s Mr McIntosh was alleged to have molested children in a shower. In the most recent trial, the two brothers, who were 10 and 11 at the time, gave evidence that “Andy” had touched their groins and buttocks, either in a shower at his studio in St Leonards, or in Vanuatu.

Sean Flood, the barrister for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, said photos of the naked boys taken after they were spray-tanned at Mr McIntosh’s studio, and footage from Vanuatu, were not “happy family holiday shots, but is clearly a sexual preoccupation with the prepubescent male form”.

“This filming was all part and parcel of the accused’s grooming process. He was getting the boys in the habit of being naked around him. It was not part of any genuine artistic purpose. The DVD [of the nude footage] was not made to give to the boys’ family.”

Alex Radojev, for Mr McIntosh, pointed out inconsistencies in the boys’ accounts about shower blocks on the island, and that the elder boy had initially told his mother and police he had not been touched. He said their evidence was unreliable, that children could lie and be manipulated by parents, and that the parents had a motive to see his client jailed. The court heard Mr McIntosh had paid more than $10,000 into each of the parents’ accounts to help with school fees, and was suing them.

Mr McIntosh gave lavishly. The jury heard that during the three months he knew the boys, he bought expensive skateboards, iPods and an electric guitar, and paid $2500 for the mother’s airline ticket to her home country. Another boy whom he had taken to Vanuatu the previous year had been given a ski holiday at Perisher with his family.

As for the nude footage and photographs, Mr Radojev argued they were covered by the statutory defence that they were for “artistic” purposes. The jury was shown excerpts from the 1963 film Lord of the Flies and the The Blue Lagoon (1980).

“They are just an attempt at refilming the images that you see, the beautiful images you see in The Blue Lagoon as they grow from children to adolescents, swimming through the coral.”

The scriptwriter, Daniel Stevenson, said the naked footage was not in his script. “Children swimming underwater was mentioned … it was never planned that they would be naked,” he said. On Vanuatu, the boys shared a hut with Mr McIntosh, while their father, who arrived some days later, shared a hut with Mr Stevenson.

The journey to Vanuatu started in January 2005, when the boys were given a business card while skateboarding in Manly. The family met Mr McIntosh and he paid for the boys to take scuba training for underwater work. “Andy became quite regular at our place … he would come and help the kids with schoolwork … he was very excitable and wanted to always make things fun,” the mother said. The boys had a sleepover at his unit when he took them to the Easter Show.

The court heard that after the Vanuatu trip, the father told his sons’ school principal of his concerns. The principal reported them to the Department of Community Services, who contacted police.

On acquittal, Mr McIntosh asked that his name be suppressed. This was refused by Judge Brian Knox.


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