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http://www.standard.net.au/story/4568411/man-jailed-for-child-porn/

Hamilton district man to spend eight months behind bars

Clare Quirk and Andrew Thomson
31 Mar 2017, 2:30 p.m.

A Hamilton district man who strongly encouraged a teenage girl to send four intimate images of herself has been jailed.

Mark Stephen McLellan, 48, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to procuring a child to make child pornography and possessing child pornography.

McLellan was sentenced to eight months jail and will be placed on the sex offenders register for 15 years.

Magistrate Cynthia Toose said McLellan engaged in sexualised conversations with the victim which Ms Toose understood to be a form of grooming.

She said victim impact statements from the mother of the victim and the victim demonstrated how the offending would have long and lasting impacts on both of them.

Ms Toose said it had been submitted by McLellan’s defence counsel that time in custody would impact on his poor health and the health of his wife.

She said specific deterrence was a significant factor in sentencing, particularly to any young people who were misguided and sent intimate images to one another.

She said McLellan behaved for his own sexual gratification and the victim was manipulated so he could meet his own needs.

Ms Toose said the court needed to send a message to young people and others that this type of conduct would not be tolerated.

The maximum penalty for each offence is two years’ imprisonment.

In a separate hearing a Hamilton man who slapped his partner’s face as hard as he could was placed on a community corrections order.

Ben Khawli, 31, of Norma Avenue, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to unlawful assault, breaching an intervention order and having a homemade firearm.

On Friday he was placed on a 12-month community corrections order, ordered to do 120 hours of community work and jailed 16 days, which he has already served.

Ms Toose said she hoped he would embrace the opportunity for rehabilitation.

The court previously heard that on the morning of February 27 Khawli and the victim argued over relationship issues, it became heated and he punched a hole in a door.​

On March 16 the couple had another confrontation about relationship issues and Khawli said he slapped the woman as hard as he could. Police arrested him and a search located one gram of cannabis and a home-made metal firearm.

Defence counsel Belinda Northey said the firearm was similar to an orange gun and was to be used to fire out fishing sinkers and hooks while fishing. She said it was not operational.

 

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http://www.theherald.com.au/story/2957438/former-marist-brother-admits-sexual-abuse/?cs=305

Former Marist Brother Francis William Cable, aka Brother Romuald, admits sexual abuse

By JOANNE McCARTHY

March 19, 2015, 10 p.m.

A FORMER Hunter Marist Brother who called a 12-year-old student ‘‘the anti-Christ’’ before raping him half a century ago is in custody after pleading guilty to sexually abusing 17 boys and teenagers, and being found guilty of offences against two others.

Trials against Francis William Cable, 82, known as Brother Romuald when he taught at Marist Brothers schools at Hamilton, Maitland and Pagewood in the 1960s, were expected to run for several months after he pleaded not guilty to nearly 60 indecent assault and buggery offences in the 1960s and 1970s.

But he entered guilty pleas to multiple offences in Sydney District Court on Thursday after a jury in the first trial found him guilty of 13 offences against two boys, including buggery, on Tuesday.

Men cried with relief and outrage after the guilty pleas were confirmed. One victim, who was called ‘‘the anti-Christ’’, beaten on the head and digitally and orally raped by Romuald at the age of 12, cried as he said: ‘‘I don’t trust any man.’’

‘‘He was violent. He used me for sex. He was a mongrel of a bloke and I was just a child.’’

Three of his victims who cried while recounting the terror they experienced at school because of Romuald said they had no time for anyone who expressed sympathy for him because of his age, or the likelihood that he would die in jail.

‘‘He sexually abused me more than 50 years ago and I’ve had to live with that for most of my life,’’ said one of his former students, 67.

‘‘He’s been able to live his life without anyone knowing what he did. He probably thought that at 82, ‘I’m fine. I’ll get away with this’, but that’s not right. Child sexual abuse has a devastating impact on your life. It doesn’t matter how old you are, or how old they are, the silence that allowed this to happen has to end.’’

Romuald sexually abused a number of children who had suffered deaths in their families, or where family members were known drinkers, or where the children had physical problems.

He sexually abused children behind his desk in classrooms at Maitland, Hamilton and Pagewood while other students were in the room. He gained access to boys and teenagers outside school by coaching sports, taking them on Duke of Edinburgh Award camps and activities, running army cadet groups, and organising father-and-son weekend camps where the fathers brought kegs of beer.

At one of the father-and-son weekends, Romuald indecently assaulted a 13-year-old boy while they were swimming in Myall Lakes.

An agreed statement of facts tendered to the court said the boy told his father on the trip home.

‘‘His father did not believe him and told him he was lying,’’ the facts said.

Romuald committed multiple offences at Newcastle, Merewether and Maitland baths, and Heffron Park baths in Sydney while swimming with boys and teenagers.

Other offences occurred at Bar Beach, also while swimming.

In 1972 Romuald took a form 2 Hamilton Marist Brothers class to Merewether Baths, where they used the change rooms.

‘‘The offender was walking around in the change rooms with an erection. He was encouraging the boys to remove their clothes, telling them to take their swimmers off,’’ the statement of facts said.

Romuald indecently assaulted boys at the Hamilton and Maitland schools while teaching them sex education, which he taught in one-on-one sessions. He also befriended women who were alone because their husbands had died, or left, or worked for long periods away from home, and indecently assaulted their sons during regular visits.

Romuald indecently assaulted one boy in his mother’s laundry, telling him it was ‘‘sex education’’.

One of his victims, 58, said his life had ‘‘gone completely pear-shaped’’ because of the abuse he experienced at Hamilton Marist Brothers.

‘‘I was going to be an engineer but after the abuse I just couldn’t stay at school. I got out,’’ he said.

‘‘I hate the Marist Brothers. I can’t understand how they did all that stuff. The Brothers at that school were friends of my parents. I look back and see what a mess my life has been and I realise, I was running away.’’

Francis Cable (Brother Romuald) will be sentenced at a later date.

‘He’s an old man, he can’t hurt me any more’

A MAN sobbed on Thursday when told he would not have to give evidence against Francis William Cable, the man he knew as Brother Romuald at Marist Brothers Hamilton.

‘‘I feel cheated,’’ he said, while apologising for not being able to control his sobs.

‘‘I’ve lost my chance to say: ‘You hurt me’. I’m really beaten up. I’ve got to get this bear off my back because it’s been 40 bloody years.’’

The man was 13 when Romuald repeatedly indecently assaulted him in class, and left him terrified  of  when the next incident would occur.

‘‘For all this time, I’ve pictured myself as three feet tall, and he’s six feet four, and I’m powerless. I need to look at his face and know he’s a bent-up old man and he can’t hurt me any more. I need to be able to tell him that: ‘You can’t hurt me any more’.’’

The man, who cannot be identified, said Romuald was a ‘‘big, evil, scary man who used to turn up out of nowhere’’ for many former students.

‘‘There are more victims … who wouldn’t make statements to police. I personally approached four. They said he had abused them but they just couldn’t make a statement. That’s the power this stuff has over you.

‘‘You cap it and seal it away and think you’re OK, and then it hits you.’’

The man said his family had not supported him. When he rang them in distress after the guilty pleas on Thursday, his parents tried to change the subject.

Another victim who was 13 when he was repeatedly assaulted by Romuald said he was staggered by the failings of the Catholic Church and the Marist Brothers to protect children at the Hamilton and Maitland schools.

‘‘Of course I hate the bastards for it.’’

 

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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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After a drawn-out two year legal process Randall, who pleaded guilty, was sentenced on October 16, 2009. He received a two-year suspended sentence with supervision.
 

http://www.theherald.com.au/news/local/news/general/teenage-girl-deceived-over-internet-before-hamilton-assault/1608098.aspx

Teenage girl deceived over internet before Hamilton assault

BY STEPHEN RYAN

28/08/2009 4:00:00 AM

‘I wanted so badly to feel safe again.’

Teenage victim

A TEENAGE girl feels like she lost the power to say “no” after she was deceived then lured to meet Corey Andrew Randall before having sex with him, Newcastle District Court heard yesterday.

The girl, who cannot be identified, was 15 when she chatted online with Randall in October 2007, a statement of facts said.

Randall, 38, initially posed as 15-year-old “Craig from Parra” before later stating that he was 18, then 27. He was 36 at the time of the offences.

Randall convinced the girl to meet him at Newcastle train station on October 25, 2007, before catching a bus with the girl to his Hamilton home.

He had sex with the girl before she complained that he was hurting her.

The victim became upset and asked to leave before she rang her mother who picked her up and took her to John Hunter Hospital.

Randall, of Lawson Street, has previously pleaded guilty to using the internet to groom the girl for sexual activity and having sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 16.

The sexual assault charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years’ jail while the grooming charge carries a maximum jail term of 12 years.

A charge of aggravated indecent assault will also be taken into account when Judge Ralph Coolahan sentences Randall.

The case was adjourned to next week.

The girl’s mother read a victim impact statement to the court yesterday.

The victim has suffered from nightmares, flashbacks and depression since the incident, the statement said.

“I wanted so badly to feel safe again,” the statement said.

“I’m afraid to go to Newcastle train station or Hamilton in case he might be there.

“Some days I felt like I wanted to die.

“I feel like I lost the power to say ‘no’ to someone.”

Most of the online conversations between Randall and the victim in the days leading up to the offences were sexually explicit, the statement of facts said.

Randall and the victim discussed their ages and stayed in contact via several chat-rooms and email accounts before Randall obtained the girl’s phone number.

 

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UPDATE:  DECEMBER 2015

https://au.news.yahoo.com/vic/a/30339431/jail-for-former-vic-catholic-brother/

A former Catholic brother who smiled after abusing boys at a Victorian college more than 30 years ago has been jailed.

Edward Mamo, 71, was working as a groundskeeper, bus driver and sports coach when he abused 14 teenagers in the laundry room of Monivae College at Hamilton in the 1970s and 1980s.

He used a strap or cane to whip some over their bare buttocks and grabbed the genitals of others.

Mamo will spend 12 months behind bars after being handed a jail sentence of 34 months, suspended for 22 months, in the County Court of Victoria on Friday.

The court heard Mamo would punish boys for smoking cigarettes, even though he wasn’t authorised to carry out corporal punishment.

He told them he would refer them to the college’s director if they didn’t accept punishment from him.

Mamo was seen to smile after assaulting some victims at the college, which was operated by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, the court heard.

He bizarrely attempted to console one victim as he struck him, and then rubbed the welts he left on the boy, Judge John Smallwood said.

Mamo used the calculated physical assaults for his own sexual gratification, the court heard.

“What has occurred here is a gross breach of trust,” Judge Smallwood said.

The victims, aged about 13 to 15 at the time, felt betrayed by the college.

Many had lost their faith, and battled psychological and social trauma after Mamo’s abuse.

“It seems extraordinary you could have continued to offend in this way, over years, without anyone doing anything about it,” Judge Smallwood said.

Mamo had pleaded guilty to 21 counts of indecent assault.

He was in 2013 jailed for very similar offending at the same college, having pleaded guilty to seven counts of indecent assault on seven schoolboys over a four-year period also in the 1970s.

Mamo will serve out his prison time in protection and will be on the sex offender register for life.

The maximum penalty at the time of the offending was five years in jail.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-02-20/boys-sexually-assaulted-under-guise-of-corporal-punishment/4529880?section=nsw

Boys assaulted under guise of corporal punishment

By court reporter Sarah Farnsworth

Updated Wed Feb 20, 2013 2:38pm AEDT

A Melbourne court has heard a former Catholic brother abused boarding school students under the guise of discipline.

Edward Mamo, 68, who now lives in Sydney, has pleaded guilty to seven counts of indecent assault against students at the Monivae College in Hamilton, Western Victoria, between 1976 and 1980.

He worked at the college as a member of the support staff.

The Victorian County Court heard Mamo took many of his victims into a basement laundry, would make them strip from the waist down and hit them with a leather strap.

Mamo’s lawyer said while his plea of guilty was offered as an apology to his victims, Mamo also maintained he was punishing the boys for being naughty.

Judge Julian Leckie said it was clear the punishment was intended to be sexual, and that Mamo was indulging in “some perverted sexual desire”.

Prosecutor Keiran Gilligan told the court Mamo should be jailed for between three and four-and-a-half years.

He accepted Mamo wanted to apologise for the hurt had caused, but argued he had also pleaded guilty to save the Catholic Church from the adverse publicity of a trial.

Mr Gilligan said Mamo’s actions were sinister and involved the physical coercion and exploitation of “soft targets”.

Judge Leckie said a 12-month jail term was the mean sentence range for abuse in the 1980s.

But he added most sexual abuse cases never made it to court.

“There was a cloak of [victims] not being believed, so not much happened,” the judge said.

“We now see what did take place and are dealing with all that.”

Mamo’s lawyer submitted he should receive a suspended sentence due to his age, low risk of reoffending, and the contribution he has made to society.

 

http://www.standard.net.au/story/1194519/judge-delays-paedophiles-sentence-at-county-court-hearing-in-warrnambool/?cs=72

Judge delays paedophile’s sentence at County Court hearing in Warrnambool

By CLARE QUIRK

Dec. 19, 2012, 4 a.m.

THE fate of former religious brother Edward Mamo will be decided in the new year.

Judge Julian Leckie adjourned yesterday’s plea hearing in Warrnambool until February.

Mamo, 68, pleaded guilty in the County Court on Monday to seven charges of unlawful and indecent assault of a child under the age of 16.

On Monday the victims, who were boys at the time the offences occurred, told the court of being taken into a dark basement at Hamilton’s Monivae College and being indecently assaulted by Mamo from 1976 to 1980.

Judge Leckie said he had memories of sentencing practices from when the offending occurred and since then sentencing practices had changed significantly.

He said in the 1980s the indecent assault of a boy under 16 by a person in a position of trust would be dealt with differently.

Mamo was aged between 31 and 35 when the incidents took place and was a brother of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Australia, which operated Monivae College. He undertook laundry duties, ground works, was bus driver and coached hockey at the college.

On Monday the court heard of one incident when Mamo had ordered a victim, who was 11 at the time, to the laundry room for punishment and was instructed to drop his shorts and underpants and to bend over an old tea chest in the middle of the room. As the boy did so Mamo produced a thick leather strap and hit him 10 to 12 times.

Prosecutor Justin Lewis said on another occasion Mamo was strapping the same victim over the tea chest when the boy turned to see Mamo had one of his hands down the front of his pants. Mamo saw the boy looking and yelled at him to face the front.

In victim impact statements read to the court, the men told of fear, humiliation and disbelief that someone wanted to do this to them. One said he had lost trust in all human beings.

Defence counsel Peta Murphy said Mamo offered his plea of guilty to the victims as an apology for the hurt they had experienced.

The plea hearing was adjourned until February 20 in the Country Court,  Melbourne.

 

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/abuser-offers-guilty-plea-as-apology-20121217-2bjei.html

Abuser offers guilty plea as apology

December 18, 2012

Clare Quirk

VICTIMS of paedophile and former religious brother Edward Mamo wept in a Warrnambool court yesterday as they recalled the horror of his crimes.

The men, who were boys when the offences occurred, told of being taken into a dark basement at Monivae College in Hamilton and being indecently assaulted by Mamo, now 68, from 1976 to 1980.

Mamo, now of Sydney, pleaded guilty in the County Court to seven charges of unlawful and indecent assault of a child under the age of 16 on Monday. He sat emotionless throughout the plea hearing.

Mamo was aged between 31 and 35 when the incidents took place and was a brother of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Australia.

At the time, Mamo undertook laundry duties, ground works, was bus driver and coached hockey at the college.

The court heard of one incident when Mamo had ordered one victim, who was 11 at the time, to the laundry room for punishment and instructed him to drop his shorts and underpants and to bend over an old tea chest in the middle of the room. As the boy did so Mamo produced a thick leather strap and hit the boy 10 to 12 times.

Prosecutor Justin Lewis said on another occasion Mamo was strapping the same victim over the tea chest and the boy turned to see Mamo had one of his hands down the front of his pants. Mamo saw the boy looking and yelled at him to face the front.

In victim impact statements read to the court the men told of their state of fear, humiliation and disbelief that someone wanted to perform these acts with them.

One man said he had lost trust in all human beings and Mamo’s behaviour cost him his belief in the Catholic God.

Defence counsel Peta Murphy said Mamo offered his plea of guilty to the victims as an apology for the hurt they had experienced and the harm that had occurred.

Judge Julian Leckie said he expected to sentence Mamo later this week.

 

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-11-30/paedophile-dentist-banned/3703218/?site=newcastle

Paedophile dentist banned

Updated November 30, 2011 09:27:52

A convicted Newcastle paedophile has been banned from practising as a dentist for nearly a decade.

In 2009 former Hamilton dentist Ashleigh Edward Jarrold was found guilty of eight child sex offences.

He is serving a minimum jail term of five-and-a-half years and will be eligible for parole in 2015.

The Dental Tribunal has now banned him from applying for registration until 2020.

The tribunal said it was profoundly disturbed by Jarrold’s conduct, which amounted to the torture of children and the enjoyment of their pain.

It said he is unlikely to ever be a suitable person to hold registration as a dentist.

 

http://www.theherald.com.au/news/local/news/general/pedophile-dentist-ashleigh-edward-jarrolds-sentence-nearly-doubled/1819472.aspx

Pedophile dentist Ashleigh Edward Jarrold’s sentence nearly doubled

BY STEPHEN RYAN

04 May, 2010 04:00 AM

CONVICTED pedophile Ashleigh Edward Jarrold had his non-parole period almost doubled yesterday after the Court of Criminal Appeal found the former Hamilton dentist’s sentence was too lenient.

Jarrold was not before the court in Sydney when the decision was handed down.

He was sentenced last year to five years’ imprisonment with a non-parole period of three years after he pleaded guilty to eight charges relating to historical child sexual assaults and child pornography and grooming offences committed last year.

That sentence was increased yesterday to seven years and five months’ imprisonment with a non-parole period of 5? years.

He will now be eligible for parole in March 2015.

Jarrold was charged in October 2008 with indecently assaulting two boys in the 1970s.

He initially pleaded not guilty.

However, he changed those pleas on the eve of his trial after he was charged with the child pornography and grooming offences last September.

Jarrold saved online conversations he had from 2003 onwards where he gave detailed descriptions of sex acts he claimed to have carried out with boys involving torture and bodily waste, Newcastle District Court previously heard.

He told one man that he obtained sexual pleasure from children screaming or whimpering in pain and masturbated during live web-cam recordings with an English teenager.

During one online chat, Jarrold wrote: “Have to kill them so they wouldn’t [go to the police].”

He later wrote: “Don’t think I could actually kill anyone . . . but the rest would be fun.”

Jarrold also wrote about a teenager who had lunch at Jarrold’s home.

He said a group of men had sex with the teenager, who told police he was 17 at the time.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/01/22/2798851.htm

Paedophile dentist removed from registration list

Posted Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:40am AEDT

The Dental Board of New South Wales has removed the name of a Newcastle dentist from its list of registered practitioners, blaming a technical glitch for the convicted paedophile’s apparent re-registration.

Up until this week, Hamilton dentist Ashleigh Edward Jarrold was listed on the board’s website as being registered and fit to practice until the end of this year.

His registration was due to expire last month – three months after he was sentenced to a maximum five years jail for child sex offences.

After inquiries by the ABC, Jarrold’s name was deleted from the Dental Board’s website yesterday, with a spokeswoman saying a computer glitch is to blame for the apparent re-registration.

To pass registration dentists must provide character references and list serious criminal offences.

For them to be deregistered there must be disciplinary proceedings against them, but the Health Care Complaints Commission says there are no such proceedings against Jarrold.

The board is yet to say if it accepted Jarrold’s registration payment fee, or if the technical glitch affected the records of other dentists.

 

http://www.theherald.com.au/news/local/news/general/hamilton-dentist-ashleigh-jarrold-in-net-sex-sting/1636503.aspx

Hamilton dentist Ashleigh Jarrold in net sex sting

BY STEPHEN RYAN

30/09/2009 4:00:00 AM

HAMILTON dentist Ashleigh Edward Jarrold tried to organise a sexual liaison with a 15-year-old boy while awaiting trial for child sex offences committed in the 1970s, a statement tendered to Newcastle Local Court said.

Detectives posed as the 15-year-old boy to catch Jarrold.

Jarrold, 57, pleaded guilty yesterday to five charges relating to sexually explicit conversations he had online and grooming a boy for sexual activity.

The charges, plus five other offences that will be taken into account when he is sentenced, were adjourned to Newcastle District Court today where Jarrold is expected to plead guilty to the offences from the 1970s.

He was charged with those matters last October.

Jarrold was arrested again on September 17 after police conducted surveillance on his home and intercepted his internet service provider, a statement said.

He was refused bail.

Jarrold’s barrister, Peter Harper, did not object to the statement being tendered, but indicated that some of the details might be disputed when Jarrold was sentenced.

Surveillance material shows Jarrold masturbating on a number of occasions while he chatted online with the person he thought was a 15-year-old boy, the statement said.

Jarrold told the boy on September 3 that he could pick him up from school during lunch and they could have sex at a hotel.

He also sent the boy a photo of his partner naked and told the boy of sexual encounters he had had including one with another 15-year-old boy and a group of men.

Jarrold later told the boy that his partner did not want him to meet the boy because of his upcoming court case.

Five days later, Jarrold said they should meet after the court case.

In other online conversations saved on Jarrold’s computer between 2003 and 2008, he discussed child sexual abuse, rape, murder and defecation.

Jarrold sent photos of a male he claimed to be 16 to a person he chatted with online.

The photos were of the teenager performing various sex acts with men. In one photo, the teenager is over Jarrold’s knee.

In another online conversation, a man told Jarrold of sexual encounters he had with family members aged 11 and 14.

Jarrold asked the other person to supply photos of the sex acts.

 

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http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2011/07/23/247701_tasmania-news.html

New names for pedophiles

ANNE MATHER   |   July 23, 2011 12.01am

AN advocate for abuse victims fears convicted sex offenders have been using a loophole in the law to change their names after release from prison.

Beyond Abuse spokesman Steve Fisher said yesterday it appeared a convicted Tasmanian pedophile had changed his identity since moving interstate.

Mr Fisher said former Anglican priest Garth Stephen Hawkins was now in South Australia and had allegedly changed his name by deed poll to “Robin Goodfellow”.

Mr Fisher, who is one of Hawkins’ victims, said convicted sex offenders were able to change their name under Tasmanian law up until only four weeks ago.

Mr Fisher said the legal loophole which allowed sex offenders to change their names had been raised as an issue nationally three years ago, but Tasmania had been slow in amending the legislation.

“This would never have happened if the Government had done what it was meant to do,” Mr Fisher said. “We want an apology.”

The Tasmanian Government passed the Community Protection (Offender Reporting) Amendment Bill on June 16 this year, which allows the Police Commissioner the right to veto an offender changing their name.

Hawkins was jailed in 2003 on 11 counts of sexual abuse of boys he met through his work as an Anglican priest at East Devonport, Triabunna and Hamilton. He admitted abusing seven youths, aged between 13 and 18, in the 1970s and 1980s.

Hawkins moved to South Australia when he was released from jail two years ago.

Mr Fisher said he recently learned of Hawkins’ alleged name change from someone in South Australia who is writing a book about pedophiles’ links to the Church of England Boys Society from the 1960s to 1990s.

Mr Fisher said he was appalled by the name Robin Goodfellow, because it appeared to be taken from Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

“The biggest kick in the stomach was the name Robin Goodfellow — he is known as the naughty fairy in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and in medieval times Robin Goodfellow was known as the devil,” he said.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2009-03-28/former-anglican-priest-to-be-released-from-jail/1633446

Former Anglican priest to be released from jail

Posted Sat Mar 28, 2009 9:07am AEDT

A Tasmanian man sexually abused as a teenager says he has mixed feelings about his attacker being released from jail.

The Parole Board has approved the release of former Anglican priest Garth Stephen Hawkins, who was jailed in 2003 for abusing seven teenagers during the 1970s and 80s.

One of his victims, Steve Fisher, says he’s satisfied the Parole Board has applied strict conditions for Hawkins’ release.

“I believe that you know there’s nothing more they could have done,” Mr Fisher said.

“I would prefer to see him in jail for the term of his natural life, as would all of the other guys, but you know this is the, the law as it throws it up to us,” he said.

Mr Fisher is also a spokesman for the survivors’ group Beyond Abuse.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/04/07/2210242.htm?site=idx-tas

Former priest to be placed on sex offenders register

Posted April 7, 2008 18:16:00

A former Tasmanian Anglican priest and convicted paedophile will be put on the sex offenders register for 8 years.

62-year-old Garth Stephen Hawkins will be listed on the register when he’s released from prison.

In 2003, Hawkins was sentenced to seven and half years in jail for abusing seven teenage boys in the 1970s and 1980s.

In 2004 he was sentenced to a further nine months prison for molesting another teenage boy in the 1980s.

Earlier this year police applied to the Magistrates Court to have the former priest placed on Tasmania’s sex offenders register.

Magistrate Glenn Hay ordered Hawkins to have a forensic mental health assessment before he made a decision.

This morning Mr Hay, granted the application.

 

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