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Age:  52  (2017)

Location:  Belmont NSW

Offence:  Found guilty of five serious child sex offences against the 10-year-old girl in 2004.

Sentence:  Jailed for eight years, with a minimum sentence of four years and 10 months

Other:  Beavis met the family through a Hunter surf club.

 

 

 

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http://www.singletonargus.com.au/story/4201536/singleton-teacher-convicted/

Former Singleton primary school teacher has been convicted of indecently assaulting one of his students in 1989

A SINGLETON teacher who indecently assaulted one of his students in 1989 has been sentenced to an 18-month suspended jail term in Newcastle District Court.

Michael Patrick Beh appeared in court on Friday for sentencing after pleading guilty to one count of indecently assaulting a person under authority, which carries a maximum penalty of six years in jail.

Beh, now 62, was teaching a boy – then aged nine or 10 – when he placed his hand up the boy’s pants leg and fondled his genitalia, the court heard. Beh continued to teach at the school for more than 20 years before retiring.

“While the factual material contains some allegations that he touched the lad on more than one occasion there is but one count on the indictment and I am not entitled to take into account the other matters other than the point of view of saying that it can’t be said that this was a one-off offence,” Judge Roy Ellis said.

Judge Ellis said he was also required to sentence Beh in “accordance with the sentencing principles that existed in 1989”, when the sentencing regime was significantly more lenient.

“There is little room for personal deterrence, bearing in mind that he desisted voluntarily in his offending against this lad and has not re-offended in the last 27 years,” Mr Ellis said.

“Mr Beh in fact when first spoken to by the victim readily admitted his offence and apologised to his victim.

“When spoken to by the police he entered into an electronically recorded interview and made full admissions.

“That he readily acknowledged what he had done and apologised for it is not the normal course that these matters take.

“Generally speaking there is a denial.”

Judge Ellis sentenced Beh to an 18-month suspended sentence and ordered him to accept ongoing psychological assistance.

“This is not an easy sentencing matter,” Judge Ellis said. “Because, on the one hand, sending this man into custody would certainly be a punishment to him.

“But on the other it seems to me to be in the long-term interests of the community to proceed in a way other than sending him into custody for a few months, that would only protect the community for the few months that he is in custody.

“If I place him on a suspended sentence for 18 months the community is likely to be protected for at least that period and, if in fact the rehabilitation is effective, the community would be protected for the balance of his life.”

The victim Tom* is now 37 years of age and, commenting on the sentencing, says he feels some relief that his abuser has, at long last, been convicted.

“Perhaps I would have preferred to have seen a custodial sentence but at least now his abuse is on the public record and I can hopefully move on with my life,” he said.

Tom first reported the matter to Police nine years ago.

However, after not getting much of a response, and learning Mr Beh had been elevated to the position of Deputy Principal at the school in 2012, he felt compelled get further legal advice.

Tom told The Singleton Argus at the time of the abuse he didn’t understand why this was happening to him.

“I just dreaded coming to school and was completely confused. Looking back now I can see he wanted me to be his best friend and used grooming methods so I wouldn’t tell anyone what he was doing to me,” he said.

“If it was happening to me it was probably happening to other students and that’s my biggest concern and fear.”

Eventually, Tom’s family moved away and that solved the immediate threat of abuse.

But, it didn’t solve the impact the abuse had on his life.

“It ate away at me for many years until I was falling apart, crying all the time not coping and then aged 25 I told my mother about the abuse and went to the police,” he said.

“Mum said she had noticed my personality had changed following the abuse she noticed I had become depressed but she was unsure what had caused the change or how to address the situation.”

Tragically for Tom, his original complaint made to Queensland Police because he was residing in that state was “lost” in the system.

Tom was frustrated and angered by the original police response because it’s their role to investigate claims of child abuse.

Tom’s decision to talk publicly about his abuse is to raise awareness especially locally about his abuser and remind people child sexual abuse is not confined to religious orders or never going to happen again.

“My abuser may be slightly inconvenienced by his conviction but my life has been blighted by his abuse,” he said.

*Not his real name

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http://www.theherald.com.au/story/3700244/bible-leads-to-jail-cell/

Troy Ronald Walker sentenced to at least 10 years’ jail for child sex offences

JOANNE MCCARTHY

1 Feb 2016, 6:51 p.m.

TROY Ronald Walker was a Bible-loving, God-fearing Christian who impressed fellow churchgoers with his passion for helping troubled youths.

He will spend at least 10 years in jail after convictions for sexually abusing young people for more than two decades, including inciting a teenage boy to have sex with a 14-year-old girl while he photographed them.

Walker, 45, was convicted of offences against six young people in the Lake Macquarie area after he used his associations with the Salvation Army and an evangelical Christian church to gain access to children through their families.

A woman sobbed in Sydney Downing Centre Court on Monday as Judge Peter Zahra told how Walker had sexual intercourse with her after meeting the girl’s mother at Bible study. He offered to counsel the girl because she kept running away from home. The court heard the girl was sexually abused by her father.

The girl believed she was “the bad one” and blamed herself because “I was always told people who go to church are good people”, she said in a victim’s impact statement. After sexual abuse by her father and Walker she believed that she was “placed on earth for men to have sex with me”.

Walker sexually abused a brother and sister after their parents separated and the mother sought help in Bible study. Walker photographed the girl, 14, and a teenage boy after inciting them to commit a sexual act.

The court heard Walker forcibly sexually assaulted a girl, 13, in her bedroom as her parents were on a “welfare run” for the Salvation Army. Walker’s offending did not end until late 2013 when he was arrested and charged with offences against a boy.

Walker was guilty of “an insidious persistence of predatory sexual assault against young children with a disregard for the impact on his child victims”, Judge Zahra said.

“The trust placed in him was founded on his association with the Salvation Army and church and Bible groups. He took advantage of that trust to gratify his sexual attraction to children.”

The court heard Walker, who worked at hospitals in the Newcastle area and as an administrative assistant at a university, received character references from the Salvation Army and the university.

Walker pleaded guilty to offences against two children, but denied offences against other victims.

Judge Zahra noted reports saying Walker “appears to have no insight into the gravity of his offending” and showed no contrition.

Walker received a maximum sentence of 13 years’ jail. His earliest release date is April 2024.

 

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http://www.theherald.com.au/story/2851605/community-service-for-tutors-indecent-assault/?cs=305

Community service for tutor’s indecent assault

By GABRIEL WINGATE PEARSE

Jan. 30, 2015, 9 p.m.

A MUSIC tutor who visited a Newcastle high school to teach music where he indecently assaulted a 15-year-old girl has been ordered to serve 250 hours of community service.

James Campbell Overend, 28, of Wallsend, was sentenced in Newcastle Local Court on Friday, where the details of his lunch-time trysts with the teenager emerged.

Overend met the girl through another student at the school, where he worked on a contractual basis teaching guitar.

According to police facts tendered in court, the girl visited him during lunch time in the school’s music room for the first time in 2008 when she was in year 8, aged 14, and they kissed.

They kept in contact via social media and by other means, the court heard.

On later visits by the same student, the kissing progressed to ‘‘groping’’ and one instance of oral sex, the court heard.

Overend pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent assault on a person under the age of 16.

At the time of the offences, which occurred between 2009 and 2010, Overend was 22.

Magistrate Ian Cheetham  said that while he was not her teacher, it occurred on school premises, and there were multiple incidents.

He sentenced the man to a suspended jail term of 14 months and ordered him to perform 250 hours of community service.

 

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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.theherald.com.au/story/2666283/prison-for-deviant-predator/

11-year sentence for pedophile Roger Keith Onslow

By STEPHEN RYAN

Oct. 31, 2014, 9:30 p.m.

A SEXUAL predator who preyed on boys for almost three decades was jailed for 11 years and six months on Friday after a judge described him as a ‘‘deviant’’ who led a ‘‘morally bankrupt and criminal lifestyle’’.

Roger Keith Onslow, 53, began grooming and isolating boys for sexual activity as a young man in 1983 before he was arrested at Maitland last year at what he hoped was going to be a meeting with a 13-year-old boy, Newcastle District Court heard.

Instead, Onslow was met by police who had been investigating an online predator called the Artful Dodger who had been grooming a boy for sex.

Onslow displayed little emotion after Judge Helen Wilson sentenced him to a minimum of eight years and seven months’ jail with the non-parole period expiring in February 2023.

She detailed how Onslow, a software developer, cultivated relationships with friends, families and neighbours in the 1980s and 1990s to target four boys for sex.

His offending ranged from touching to sex acts and an attempted rape at locations in the Coalfields, Lake Macquarie, Newcastle and Sydney.

He took some of his victims on trips and would sometimes enter their bedrooms as they tried to sleep.

Onslow previously pleaded guilty to 23 charges, while other offences were also taken into account. Judge Wilson noted that a psychiatrist believed that  Onslow had little insight into his offending, which he referred to as ‘‘expressions of love and affection’’.

The psychiatrist rated Onslow a moderate to high risk of re-offending, while Judge Wilson said Onslow ‘‘may only have a superficial comprehension of his crimes’’.

Police found almost 1700 images and 70 videos of child abuse material in Onslow’s Abermain home.

The material was ‘‘abhorrent’’ and ‘‘highly disturbing’’, including acts of sadism and bestiality involving babies and toddlers, Judge Wilson said.

In his chats with what he hoped was a 13-year-old boy, Onslow progressed from talking about hugs and kisses to discussing showering together and eating and licking food off each other.

The child was in fact a police officer.

 

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UPDATE:  JANUARY 2017

Wakeman has faced Newcastle Local Court charged with aggravated break and enter and assault with intent to commit sexual assault of a 85-year-old victim at Edgeworth. There was no application for bail and a mental health assessment was ordered. He was arrested at Cameron Park.

 

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/2643870/jail-term-for-violent-assault/?cs=12

Stefan Neil Thomas Wakeman jailed for violent assault at Cardiff store

By Gabriel Wingate-Pearse

Oct. 22, 2014, 10 p.m.

A YOUNG woman behind the counter of a Cardiff convenience store thought she was being kidnapped when she was dragged out of the shop by her hair by a 51-year-old man.

Stefan Neil Thomas Wakeman entered the store and bought a litre of milk before asking where the coffee was kept at about 4pm on a Saturday in April.

When the woman took him to the appropriate shelf he took out a wrench and bashed her over the head with it.

He put his hand over her mouth and told her to shut up before dragging her towards the front of the store, Newcastle Local Court heard on Wednesday.

Wakeman, who has spent more than 18 years of his adult life behind bars, pleaded guilty to the crime just before it went to a hearing.

He has been in custody since his arrest the day after the attack on April 19.

Magistrate Robert Stone described the assault as very violent.

‘‘You could only imagine the significant amount of fear that she (the victim) would have felt as a result of this incident,’’ Magistrate Stone said.

It was agreed that there was a certain amount of planning involved given that Wakeman entered the store armed with a wrench or spanner, the court heard.

He initially denied the charges saying the woman spat at him but CCTV footage was found to be ‘‘entirely inconsistent’’ with his version of events.

Wakeman has spent more time in jail than out of jail during the 28 years since June, 1986.

He was jailed in 2003 for nine years for raping a 14-year-old girl at Broadmeadow.

With a non-parole period of one year and eight months he will be eligible for release on parole on December 19, 2015.

 

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