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Former principal charged

Kristy Martin | 6th February 2010

AN OUTSTANDING community service record has saved former Glendyne principal Raymond Ross Krueger from jail after he was convicted of indecently dealing with a child under 16.

Krueger, 55, walked free from the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court yesterday after being given a 10-month suspended jail term.

The former principal of Glendyne Education and Training Centre, which provides support for disadvantaged teens, was recognised for his clean record and his apparent remorse, despite pleading guilty to the charge.

The court heard Krueger touched the breast of a 13-year-old girl during a camping trip when he was the leader of the Hervey Bay Baptist Church youth group.

He was 43 at the time.

Krueger was in the surf with the girl at Rainbow Beach when he put his hand on her breast, before pushing her so that the force of a wave pulled her swimmer top down, prosecutor Djenita Balic said.

He then stood and stared at the girl’s naked breast.

Krueger, who was supported in court by his wife and three adult children, was originally due to face four charges, including one count of sexual assault, but all three other charges were dropped.

The court was told that Krueger phoned the girl, now 26, in December 2007 to ask her forgiveness because he “felt bad” about what he had done.

But she didn’t appreciate his contact, which included repeated emails, and went to church members who investigated the matter.

Krueger eventually wrote a letter to the church admitting he’d had a “sexual attraction” to the girl.

In the letter, he said the girl had regularly hugged him and hung off his neck and that he recalled looking down her top and feeling her breasts rubbing on his neck when he would piggyback her.

He said following the incident at the beach, his life “became hell”.

Krueger, who lost his teaching position over the charges, has received national recognition for helping to build and develop the Glendyne school.

He is now living away from the Bay and working in an engineering position.

Defence barrister Michael Woodford said Krueger’s remorse had been real for “many, many years” and that he was glad to be in court to finally be punished for his actions.

He tendered seven references from “respected” community members to the court on Krueger’s behalf.

Ms Balic said the fact that Krueger was a lot older than the girl and that he had breached a position of trust was not in his favour but said he was otherwise of good character.

Added to that were his early plea, his complete lack of criminal history and his apparent remorse, she said.

Judge Hugh Botting said Krueger’s actions were at the lower end of the scale of seriousness and that the references showed he had made a significant contribution to the community.

He ordered that Krueger spend no time in jail and have no contact with the victim, who was present in court.

Church leader guilty of touching girl, 13

  • From: AAP
  • February 05, 2010 4:14PM

A FORMER Hervey Bay church leader and school principal has been given a suspended sentence over the indecent dealing of a 13-year-old girl at a camp.

Raymond Ron Krueger, 55, the former principal of the Glendyne Education and Training Centre set up by the Hervey Bay Baptist Church, pleaded guilty to one charge of unlawfully and indecently dealing with the child under 16.

Hervey Bay District Court Judge Hugh Botting today gave Krueger a 10-month suspended sentence with an operational period of two years.

The court earlier heard Krueger touched the teenage girl’s breasts at a church camp between August 25, 1996, and August 24, 1999.

Principal faces sex charges

Loretta Bryce | 17th September 2009

ONE OF Hervey Bay’s most respected community and church leaders is facing child sex charges.

Raymond Ron Krueger, who has won nationwide acclaim for his work with at-risk teenagers as principal of Glendyne Education and Training Centre, has been accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl.

Krueger appeared in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court yesterday charged with two counts of indecent dealing of a child under 16 and one charge of sexual assault.

The offences were alleged to have happened between 1997 and 2001 when Krueger was involved with the Hervey Bay Baptist Church youth group.

The alleged victim was aged between 13 and 17 at the time of the alleged offences and was a member of the youth group.

She gave evidence during a two-hour closed court hearing yesterday, before eight other witnesses took the stand.

Krueger was alleged to have touched the teenager’s breasts on at least three occasions – once during a Bible study session and another time during a youth group camp.

The allegations came to light in 2008 when the alleged victim told several church members.

Krueger was charged early this year.

The court was told Krueger and the young woman had both been spoken to by church elders about their unusual relationship, which involved text messages, emails and an on-again, off-again friendship.

Church members described a blurring of boundaries between the two and said it seemed they were too emotionally involved with each other.

“It wasn’t a normal relationship like that of a mentor and a youth,” one church member said.

Senior Pastor Keith Stevenson said that in February this year Krueger confessed to touching the girl inappropriately on four occasions.

“He said he knew he had done wrong … and he was sorry for the things that had happened,” Pastor Stevenson said.

“I was torn between being a friend and wanting to do what was right.

“I was aware of the stress he was under but I felt the only way to deal with it was to bring it into the open and be accountable for it.”

Another church member said Krueger spoke to her in January this year about his desire to re-enter ministry at the church.

“He told me he’d done things that could affect his ministry,” she said. “He said there were things in his past he wasn’t proud of and he knew he’d done wrong.

“I thought it may have been something physical or doing something inappropriate with a young person but nothing specific was said.”

Krueger did not enter a plea to any of the charges.

He was committed to stand trial in the Hervey Bay District Court and was released on bail until his court date.


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Ambo’s fall from grace

Kristy Martin | 4th February 2012

THREE years ago, John Hinder was saving lives and winning bravery awards in his highly respected job as a Queensland Ambulance Service paramedic.

Today he bears the shame of being a convicted child pornography downloader.

It took just two hours for a jury to find the former Bundaberg ambulance officer guilty of possessing child exploitation material and using a carriage service to access child pornography.

Hinder’s laptop was found to contain 183 illegal images when police carried out a search of his Urangan home in 2009.

Some were of the “most offensive and outrageous kind”, involving pre-pubescent children performing sex acts, bestiality and images of children being held against their will, Hervey Bay District Court was told.

How did this man, who had no previous criminal convictions, plunge from honoured hero to convicted criminal?

One explanation, put forth by Hinder’s defence barrister, was that an inquest into the death of one his patients – in which his work was significantly criticised – sent him off the rails.

The inquest was held about a month before Hinder started to download the illegal child pornography images in March 2009.

Hinder worked in Bundaberg as an intensive care paramedic and had been with the QAS since 1994.

Among many awards he received during this time was a bravery award from the Royal Humane Society in 2008.

Following his arrest in July 2009, the 45-year-old paramedic was suspended from the ambulance service without pay.

Hinder could have been jailed for 10 years for his crimes, but yesterday he walked free from court.

Judge Hugh Botting sentenced him to 15 months jail with immediate release and a 12-month wholly suspended sentence.

It was the judge’s view that although the enormity of the offences warranted jail terms, they were out of character for Hinder, who had been a “worthwhile” member of society for many years.

It was also unlikely he would reoffend, the judge said, due to the “utter humiliation” he had suffered since his arrest.

Judge Botting told the court it was wrong to class downloading child porn from the internet as a victimless crime.

“Sadly there will be children, either in this country or others, who will be abused so these images can be provided for those who seek them,” he said.

Child porn verdict expected today

3rd February 2012

A JURY has retired to determine the outcome in a child pornography case against a former paramedic.

Hervey Bay man John Patrick Hinder is alleged to have knowingly downloaded 200 explicit images of children from the internet to his laptop.

Two computer experts have given opposing evidence in this week’s trial in the Hervey Bay District Court.

Both said they detected malicious software during analysis of Hinder’s computer.

The prosecution’s witness said the malware appeared inactive and she didn’t believe it was responsible for downloading the images and then storing them to different files.

But a second expert, called by the defence, said Hinder’s computer history showed websites that had been viewed at a speed physically impossible for a human user.

The jury is expected to reach a verdict today.

Porn verdict rests on IT experts

Kristy Martin | 3rd February 2012

WHICH computer expert do you believe?

That’s the question facing the Hervey Bay jury considering child pornography downloading charges against a former Bundaberg ambulance paramedic.

They were told earlier this week by the prosecution’s IT expert that John Hinder was responsible for downloading 200 explicit images of children.

But yesterday, Hinder’s defence team produced their own computer expert who claimed he couldn’t have been responsible.

The prosecution’s forensic computer expert, Andrea Schwager, testified that although she found malicious software, or malware, she didn’t think it was responsible for downloading and saving the images.

Computer security consultant Lyndon Swan disagreed.

Mr Swan said Hinder’s laptop had no security whatsoever and that the malware had the ability to redirect the user to unwanted websites. For instance, if he were viewing an adult dating site, he could instead find himself at a porn site.

In the worst case, the malware could allow someone else on the internet to take complete control of the computer.

“They are using his browser, they are engaging in activities … but he himself is unaware of them,” Mr Swan said.

The expert also said some of the pages on the computer’s history were viewed so quickly it would be physically impossible for a human to do it.

In his closing statement, prosecutor Sam Bain tried to cast doubt on Mr Swan’s evidence by questioning his credentials and suggesting his investigation was rushed.

Defence barrister Russ Clutterbuck reminded the jury that Hinder’s workplace and yacht were searched by police and turned up no further evidence of child pornography.

The jury is expected to retire today after being addressed by Judge Hugh Botting.

Ambo in court for kid porn

Kristy Martin | 1st February 2012

A FORMER Bundaberg paramedic used his laptop to view child sex websites and hunt for teen porn models, a court was told yesterday.

John Patrick Hinder’s browser history revealed numerous child pornography websites and Google searches such as “How to hire teen porn models”, a police computer analyst said.

But Hinder denies ever using his computer or credit card to download explicit images of children.

He is facing trial in the Hervey Bay District Court charged with possessing child exploitation material and using a carriage service to access child pornography.

The 45-year-old was an intensive care paramedic in Bundaberg before his Urangan home was raided and his computer seized by police in 2009.

It is alleged the laptop contained about 200 child pornography images.

Following his arrest, Hinder was suspended without pay from the Queensland Ambulance Service.

During a police interview played in court yesterday, he said he often downloaded adult videos from the internet to deal with the stress of his job.

“I’ve been under a lot of stress lately,” Hinder said.

But he said he couldn’t recall ever visiting child porn websites or knowingly downloading illegal images of children.

Police forensic computer analyst Andrea Schwager told the court she found a number of teen sex websites in Hinder’s internet history.

Hinder told police there had been at least two occasions when he left his computer unattended and later found it had been moved.

He also claimed his credit card was used for a number of “fraudulent” purchases, which he was then reimbursed for by his bank. He said on another occasion the card was stolen.

The defence is expected to argue Hinder was unaware of the images and that they were placed there by a third party or as the result of a virus.

The trial continues.

Paramedic on child-porn trial

Kristy Martin | 20th February 2010

A QLD Ambulance Service paramedic will face trial in the Hervey Bay District Court charged with accessing child pornography.

John Patrick Hinder, 43, who worked as an intensive care paramedic in Bundaberg, did not enter a plea to the charge of using a carriage service for child exploitation material.

A number of pornographic images of children were allegedly found on Hinder’s laptop computer, which was seized when his Hervey Bay home was raided in July 12 last year.

Three police officers and a police forensic computer analyst gave evidence during yesterday’s committal proceedings in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court.

Police from the Hervey Bay Child Protection Investigation Unit raided Hinder’s Urangan home after a national police taskforce provided information that his credit card had been used to access child pornography over the internet.

Police allegedly found 18 images on the laptop computer, which they found in Hinder’s bedroom, before sending it to Brisbane for a full forensic analysis.

Senior Constable Adam Quemard said officers also seized a brochure about an internet account but no other evidence was found at the home.

Police also executed search warrants on Hinder’s Bundaberg workplace and his boat.

Hinder told police his wallet had been stolen and his computer left unattended on several occasions.

“I looked on the system and there was a report his wallet had been stolen or located,” Snr Const. Quemard said but added that he could not recall when the complaint was made.

Hinder was suspended without pay from his ambulance position after the charges were laid.

He will face trial at a date to be set.

Child porn charge for paramedic

Loretta Bryce | 14th July 2009

AN intensive care paramedic has been denied bail after being allegedly found with child exploitation material.

John Patrick Hinder, 43, did not enter a plea to the charge when he appeared in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on Monday.

The court heard Hinder worked for Queensland Ambulance Service in Bundaberg, but was the owner of a house in Hervey Bay, where he lived with his mother.

Hervey Bay police charged Hinder on Sunday after allegedly finding pornographic images of children on his laptop computer.

He was also allegedly found in possession of two drugs which police believed he accessed through his job as an intensive care paramedic.

Lawyer Kym Robotham tried to prevent publication of Hinder’s name, but the request was refused by Magistrate Graham Hillan.

“There’s no legislation in place to restrict publication.  I make no order,” Mr Hillan said.

Bail was granted with the condition Hinder report to Hervey Police weekly.

His case was adjourned for committal mention on August 27.


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Fordham will be released this week, after being deemed a serious danger to the community. A Brisbane Supreme Court judge made a supervision order and decided Fordham would be released on 39 conditions, including a ban on alcohol and illegal drug use. Justice Martin Daubney also banned him from any contact with children under 16, except with permission from Corrective Services. The order will expire in July 2027.

Man groomed boy as sex slave

Jessica Grewal | 3rd August 2010

A 50-YEAR-OLD man whose house was set alight by the young boy he had forced into prostitution “lit the match” to his own fire, the Hervey Bay District Court heard yesterday.

Reginald Thomas Fordham was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison for maintaining a “disturbing and destructive” relationship with a 14-year-old boy, which will be served concurrently with a two-year sentence for indecent treatment of the child and an additional six months for repeatedly exposing himself to a 22-year-old woman.

Last April the victim, who by that time was 16, set fire to Fordham’s home.

It was only when he fronted court charged with arson that the sordid details of his and Fordham’s two-year relationship were revealed.

When reading out her decision Judge Leanne Clare told Fordham he had taken advantage of his victim and made him his “rent boy”.

“You picked him as a child you could buy,” Ms Clare said.

“From the moment he said he would be prepared to whip you for $50 you used him.

“You have preyed on him and corrupted him.”

The court heard that while penetration never occurred, the acts were sadomasochistic and at the highest end of “sexually deviant” behaviour.

It was also revealed that he had a long history of sex-related offences and had faced court on five counts of arson.

Ms Clare said Fordham’s behaviour had left the victim “degraded and shamed” and set him on a path to alcoholism and liver disease.

She said that, at 18, the victim was already showing signs of cirrhosis and that his addiction had stemmed from the “destructive period” in which the abuse occurred where Fordham traded alcohol, cigarettes and money for sexual favours.

“I don’t think it any coincidence that you lubricated him with alcohol,” she said.

“It seems to me he took it to get through whatever you had in store for him.”

While she conceded the victim may have consented to the behaviour Ms Clare said the experiences must have been “deeply disturbing” for a 14-year-old and that the case was a perfect example of why it was illegal for children to make decisions about sex before they were 16.

“He was too young,” Ms Clare said.

“That is why the law protects children under 16 regardless of their own consent.”

Fordham will be eligible for parole on January 29, 2014.


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Byrne has been ordered to pay the $5000 fine for failing to comply with reporting conditions in Mackay Magistrates Court .

Kid porn ‘addict’ had 3000 photos

Lea Emery | 16th May 2012 6:36 AM

A SELF-DESCRIBED child porn addict and “boy lover” will spend the next nine months behind bars after admitting to possessing more than 3000 child porn images and 90 videos.

Clifford John Byrne, 50, pleaded guilty in Bundaberg Supreme Court yesterday to three counts of using a carriage service to access child pornography, one count of using a carriage service to transmit child pornography, and possessing child pornography.

Prosecutor Jessica Williams said police raided Byrne’s Walkervale home in September 2010 and found 3246 child pornography images and 94 videos depicting child porn on a computer tower, external hard drive and 32 CDs.

Ms Williams said the images had been downloaded between March 2005 and August 2010.

The court was told the images contained pictures of children, mostly boys, aged between three and 15 – either naked or engaged in sex acts, including bondage-type activities.

“(Byrne) describes himself as a ‘boy lover’,” Ms Williams said.

“He said he does not want to do anything with them.”

Ms Williams said 64 images were sent onto other parties using the peer-to-peer file sharing facilities in Yahoo Messenger.

The court heard of those 64 images, 13 were categorised in the two most exploitative categories.

Byrne was convicted in 2006 of possessing about 11,000 child pornography images.

Defence lawyer Jakub Lodziack said the defendant had been trying to seek help for his problem, but had difficulties finding a counsellor who would help.

Mr Lodziack said Byrne had found one counsellor who was willing to help him, but he had to stop going because he could not afford to get to the appointments in Hervey Bay.

“My client instructs that he has been diagnosed with depression and suffered from suicidal thoughts since being charged,” he said.

Mr Lodziack said Byrne claimed he had not viewed child porn since his latest arrest.

Justice Duncan McMeekin sentenced Byrne to 27 months imprisonment, to be released after nine months.

Justice McMeekin ordered Byrne serve 24 months on probation after being released.

Byrne will also be subject to a suspended sentence for two years after his release.


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