Posts Tagged ‘Launceston’


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Location:   Waverley  –  TAS

Offence:    Found guilty on two counts of maintaining a sexual relationship with a person under 17,  guilty of committing an indecent act with a person under 17 years and guilty of indecent assault & guilty of an indecent act, which related to grabbing a boy’s hand and placing it on his penis.

Sentence:  Sentenced to imprisonment for 3 years 6 months from 15 February 2007 and it is ordered that he is not to be eligible for parole until he has served 1 year 9 months of that imprisonment.

Other:   Edwards would bribe the children with treats such as McDonald’s food, showbags, teddies and cigarettes in return for oral sex and fondling.

Edwards pleaded guilty to two counts of loitering near children in 2013.. He was arrested after loitering near children on two occasions at Low Head the previous November.




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Man jailed for sex offences

By CAROLINE TANG, court reporter

July 4, 2014, 1:13 p.m.

A SUPREME Court judge has jailed a man in Launceston today for historical sex offences against a child.

Adrian John Pryer, 50, contested an allegation in the Launceston Supreme Court this week that he had maintained a sexual relationship with a young person about 25 years ago.

A jury acquitted Pryer of the charge, but found him guilty of two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a young person.

The girl was aged 11 or 12 at the time and the two acts occurred in a house at Prospect.

At trial, the Crown had alleged six unlawful sexual acts occurred in the late 1980s.

Justice Robert Pearce jailed Pryer for 12 months, with a non-parole period of six months.

He noted that Pryer had not expressed remorse.


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Age: 35 (2014)

Location: Youngtown / Launceston / TAS

Offence: Possess & access child exploitation material.

Sentence: Sentenced in the Supreme Court to three months imprisonment, wholly suspended for two years.

Other: Worked in childcare & baby-sitting for about 15 years. He also volunteered with children suffering autism and as a mentor.


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Man jailed for viewing child porn


05 May, 2012 04:00 AM

HE did not make child porn, share it or pay for any of the images he downloaded.

But Supreme Court Justice Peter Evans said Kevin Charles Rose, 46, caused harm by the sheer number of images and stories he viewed.

“Largely because of the very substantial number of children who must have been exploited in the process of the creation of the many images accessed by the defendant, I consider that an immediately effective sentence of imprisonment is necessary,” Justice Evans said.

Rose was jailed for six months yesterday after pleading guilty in the Supreme Court in Launceston on Thursday to accessing and possessing child pornography.

The court heard Rose viewed child pornography for an hour a day in the three years before police searched his house on December 20, 2011.

He told police that he downloaded and saved about 4 per cent of what he viewed, or 15 images, two or three times a week during that period.

Commonwealth prosecutor Elizabeth Curtis said that based on Rose’s own admissions it could be estimated that he had viewed tens of thousands of images.

“I should say at the outset that I reject the defendant’s claim to police that he obtained no sexual gratification from viewing the pornographic material,” Justice Evans said yesterday.

Police found 12 images and 16 text documents depicting child exploitation in the search of Rose’s home.

Justice Evans said the text documents, which amounted to 116 pages, were “very depraved”.

“I recognise however that the generation of the stories, unlike the images, did not involve exploiting children,” he said.

Rose was jailed for six months.

His name will be placed on the sex offenders register for five years when he is released from custody.


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Found not guilty of loitering near children after entering a College at lunchtime.

Child sex offender requests jail

Updated September 13, 2011 09:46:46

A court in Launceston has heard a child sex offender who has been jailed for loitering near children had asked police to send him to prison.

Anthony John Minney has been sentenced to 14 months in prison, after he pleaded guilty to loitering near children in May.

The 35-year-old was arrested outside the Door of Hope church in Launceston, near three children who were playing under the supervision of an adult.

Magistrate Robert Pearce told the court Minney is a paranoid schizophrenic and is a high risk of reoffending.

He was jailed for two and a half years in 2003 for indecently assaulting a nine-year-old girl and received a suspended sentence when he was convicted of loitering near children last year.

Mr Pearce ordered him to serve two months of the suspended sentence and imposed another 12 months.

Child molester release shock

NICK CLARK   |   November 05, 2010 12.01am

THE State Opposition yesterday expressed horror at a convicted pedophile having his jail sentence suspended.

Opposition justice spokeswoman Vanessa Goodwin said Tasmanian children deserved better protection.

“It is extremely disturbing to read reports that a man with a history of sexual offending has received a suspended prison sentence, in spite of a psychologist’s report confirming that there is a substantial risk that the man will reoffend,” Ms Goodwin said.

Anthony John Minney, 34, received the suspended two-month sentence in the Launceston Magistrates Court on Wednesday after pleading guilty to loitering near children.

Ms Goodwin said he could not be required to participate in a sex offender treatment program because there were none for community-based offenders.

She said all offenders should undergo treatment whether they were in jail or not.

Last night Corrections Minister Nick McKim said plans were under way to implement a community-based sex offender treatment program. Mr McKim said a project manager had been appointed to develop and put in place a range of programs for offenders in the community.

Minney has a record of prior convictions going back to 1991 and the Crown once applied for him to be classified as a dangerous criminal, allowing indefinite imprisonment.

He pleaded guilty in the Launceston Magistrates Court this week to loitering near children in 2008, six years after receiving a total sentence of three years and four months for two counts of indecent assault.

In 2001 Minney indecently assaulted a 10-year-old girl at a church meeting at George Town.

After being released on bail by police he walked all night to Launceston and approached a nine-year-old girl who had been dropped off at the Glen Dhu Primary school.

He walked her to the school oval where he molested her.

In 2001 the court heard that Minney was receiving no medication or treatment.

Sexual Assault Support Service manager Liz Little said yesterday that offenders should be subject to intensive case management.

Sex offender sought Viagra, prostitute in jail, court hears

July 2, 2003, 2 p.m.

Anthony John Minney, 27, had been found guilty in the Launceston Magistrates Court on May 13 of two indecent assault charges.

Minney’s case was moved to the Supreme Court for sentence after Crown prosecutor John Ransom successfully applied to chief magistrate Arnold Shott for a switch to allow a further application that Minney be declared a dangerous criminal.

The application could only have been made in the Supreme Court.

Minney lost an appeal against the Supreme Court sentencing bid last week.

Yesterday, prosecution and defence counsel made lengthy closing submissions in the case.

Crown prosecutor John Ransom said that, while Minney was not mentally ill, “a number of behavioural issues have to be dealt with in a custodial environment”.

“He will not admit to doing anything wrong, it is difficult to consider rehabilitation of the offender when he won’t admit that he has done anything wrong,” Mr Ransom said.

“He needs to learn new social skills; in prison he said he wants a prostitute and Viagra.”

Minney’s defence counsel Simon Brown said that it could not be demonstrated that the level of violence “is significant or serious”.

“Section 19 of the Sentencing Act is about protecting the public from physical harm; to declare anyone a dangerous criminal is a last gasp,” Mr Brown said.

Mr Brown conceded that, in a medical report, Minney presented “as someone of borderline intellect and having a personality disorder”.

Minney is to be sentenced on August 1.


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Northern man pleads guilty to child porn charges

Posted Thu Sep 18, 2008 12:32pm AEST

A 61 year old Launceston man arrested after a tip off from international investigators has pleaded guilty to accessing child pornography on the internet.

The Launceston Magistrates Court heard this morning that John Frances Garnett Kitson had been accessing child pornography images over the net for nearly two years.

In June the Australian Federal Police raided Kitson’s Trevallyn home after they were tipped off by Interpol.

They confiscated his computer and a number of CDs.

Federal Prosecutor Ian Arendt told the court that Kitson admitted in a police interview that his habit of viewing child pornography images online had “got totally out of control”.

The court heard he browsed sites at least once a day over two years and downloaded more than 300 images.

Kitson is one of several Australians being investigated by Federal Police after Interpol tracked them downloading child pornography from a Croatian site.

He will be sentenced on Wednesday.

Psychologist Henty jailed for schoolboy assaults

Posted Wed Oct 19, 2005 5:15pm AEST

A prominent Launceston psychologist has been sentenced to six months in jail for indecently assaulting four schoolboys

David Wilson Henty, 61, was found guilty on five counts of indecent assault in the Launceston Criminal Court.

Henty indecently assaulted the boys over a 29-year period from 1970 to 1999 while he was employed as a guidance counsellor at two Launceston schools.

The youths were aged between 11 and 14.

In sentencing, Justice Allan Blow said Henty’s life is in ruin as a result of the verdict.

Justice Blow said the crimes involved very serious breaches of trust over a long period.

He said if Henty found boys so attractive that he had difficulty controlling himself, he should have chosen a different area of work involving less temptation.

As Henty was led from the court he embraced his wife of 30 years and wept.

Psychologist appears in court on child sex charges

Posted Wed Mar 3, 2004 8:10am AEDT

A Launceston psychologist charged with sex offences has appeared in an out-of-hours session in the Launceston Magistrates Court.

David Wilson Henty, 59, is charged with nine counts of indecent assault.

The charges relate to alleged incidents involving children at northern schools where Henty worked as a psychologist.

The charges span from 1974 to 1999.

Henty was not required to enter a plea and has been granted bail to appear again next Wednesday.