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Music teacher with stocking fetish jailed for five years for indecently recording students

By Joanna Menagh

Posted 23 May 2017, 5:58pm

A music teacher with a fetish for stockings has been sentenced to five years’ jail for indecently recording dozens of his young students at West Australian schools.

Christopher Ryan Jones, 32, mostly used an app on his mobile phone to secretly record the 40 female victims, who were aged between six and 15, over a three-year period.

Many of the recordings were made during music classes or at recess at the schools in WA’s south and south east where he was teaching.

He also admitted to indecently recording a six-year-old girl in a supermarket and an 11-year-old at a scout jamboree.

Jones was caught when he left one of his phones at school and a teacher discovered the recordings and reported him to the deputy principal.

A search of his home then uncovered thousands of child exploitation images on electronic devices.

The District Court was told Jones had a fetish for stockings and tights, and the recordings focused on the girls’ legs and upper thighs.

He later transferred them onto a computer and viewed them for his own sexual gratification.

On two occasions he set up a hidden camera in a school storeroom and recorded students changing their clothing.

Offences ‘cunning’ but not worst of their kind, judge says

Chief Judge Kevin Sleight said those offences involved “some planning” and were particularly “cunning”.

He also said that over time, Jones had become more “confident and brazen” because he had regularly placed his phone on the ground to record the victims’ legs.

Judge Sleight said Jones’ offences were serious because they had the effect of undermining the confidence parents have in schools and made it more difficult for male teachers to be trusted.

However, he said Jones’ offending was “far from the worst of its kind” saying he had not touched his victims who were mostly fully clothed with their legs covered by the tights or stockings.

Judge Sleight also took into account Jones’ pleas of guilty to the 60 charges against him, saying it had avoided the need for 40 children to come to court to give evidence.

Jones will have to serve three years before he can be released on parole.

With time already served, his earliest release date is August next year.





Woree State High teacher pleads guilty to possessing child porn

  • Caitlin Drysdale
  • The Cairns Post
  • October 21, 2014 7:49AM

A WOREE State High School music teacher has pleaded guilty to possessing graphic child pornography, after police found 180 illegal images on a computer, DVD and hard drive in his home.

Jason Dale Larkin, 29 pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing child exploitation materials and one count of using a carriage service to access child pornography.

The former teacher was arrested while at the school, and a search conducted on his home.

The images found were stored on his computer and hard drive using titles such as “14-year-old boy” and “pedo”.

The court heard they included young boys in sexually provocative poses and pictures of sexual intercourse between children and adults.

Mr Larkin admitted using “peer to peer” sites to find the images, searching terms such as “hidden camera” and “boys”.

He also ordered an illegal DVD from Canada.

“He said he would rather look at children than have sex with them,” his defence barrister Joshua Trevino said.

Judge Anthony Rafter questioned claims Mr Larkin “believed the websites were considered legitimate as they were not blocked by the Education Department”.

“It’s hard to accept that from an educated person,” he said.

Mr Trevino told the court “in my submission the court can be confident he is on the pathway to rehabilitation.”

But Crown prosector Kevin De Bonis pointed to the serious nature of the charges.

“This is not a victimless crime,” he said.

“The children themselves are the victims.”

Larkin was sentenced to 18 months’ jail, wholly suspended, for possessing child exploitation materials.

He was sentenced to 18 months’ jail for using a carriage service to access child pornography, also suspended, and with a $2000 two-year good behaviour bond.

The illegal images and his computer equipment will be destroyed.

Mr Trevino told the court his client understood his teaching career was over.

“He acknowledges and accepts his conduct renders him inappropriate … to teach young people,” he said.

The court heard he plans to pursue a career in hospitality.


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Teacher jailed for 12 years for sex offences

Natasha Boddy, The West Australian April 19, 2013, 12:34 pm

A former music teacher at an exclusive boys school has been jailed for 12 years for the perverted and depraved sexual abuse of a teenage student thirty years ago.

Lindsay William Hutchinson will have to serve at least 10 years behind bars after he was sentenced this morning for 15 offences relating to the sexual abuse of teenage student in the 1980s.

The victim, who was a student of Hutchinson’s at Christ Church Grammar School, cried and hugged family and his supporters after the sentence was handed down.

He declined to comment as he left court this morning.

Hutchinson was the music teacher at Christ Church Grammar School from 1981 to 1985 and an organist at St George’s Cathedral.

The District Court was told the victim was sexually abused as a 13 and 14-year-old schoolboy on a school camp, country hotel rooms on music tours, the St George deanery and Hutchinon’s own home.

District Court judge Patrick O’Neal said the offences, which had included violent rapes and oral sex, showed a “high degree of perversion and depravity” and Hutchinson deliberately chose to work at boys’ schools so he could sexually abuse boys.

Judge O’Neal said Hutchinson’s offending was brazen, premeditated and involved a breach of trust.

He also said Hutchinson facilitated opportunities to be alone with the boy he wanted to abuse.

During sentencing submissions this morning, State prosecutor David Davidson argued Hutchinson sexually abused the victim with no remorse and for his own sexual gratification.

Defence lawyer Mara Barone said it was accepted Hutchinson was in a position of trust and authority when he sexually abused the victim.

“This is a grave, serious and repeated breach of trust,” she said.

She said a psychiatric report found Hutchinson was at a “low to moderate risk of reoffending” but Judge O’Neal rejected this, saying he believed the risk was far higher.

Ms Barone argued the court should impose a sentence which would take into account that prison would be slightly more onerous for Hutchinson, because his family was in Victoria and because of his age.

The court was told Hutchinson abused a school boy while working at British school in England’s north and that he was convicted in the 1990s of molesting a male student in South Australia.

Music teacher guilty of raping young teen

  • Kaitlyn Offer
  • PerthNow
  • February 14, 2013 8:27PM

A FORMER Christ Church Grammar School teacher has been found guilty of the repeated sexual abuse of a teenage student more than two decades ago.

It took a District Court jury today four hours to convict Lindsay William Hutchinson, 63, of the sexual abuse crimes, including rape, from 1983 to December 1985.

Hutchinson, a former music director at the prestigious school, was charged with six counts of carnal knowledge against nature, six charges of indecently dealing with a child, and three charges of unlawful and indecent assaulting a young student at the school between 1983 and 1985.

He had initially pleaded guilty to some of the charges, but denied the more serious allegations of rape and oral sex with the teenager, which happened on school camps, on school grounds, in St George’s Cathedral deanery in Perth and Hutchinson’s home at the time.

During the trial, Hutchinson admitted he sexually abused the victim to gain the “experience” but repeatedly denied he had intercourse.

He told the court his first sexual contact with the victim was at a music rehearsal camp in 1984 when he walked from the cottage he was staying in – with his wife and baby daughter – to the dormitory where the boy was asleep on a bunk bed, where he masturbated him.

Hutchinson said he left the room and came back 40 minutes later to do the same, before carrying the boy to a staff bedroom where he again masturbated him before taking him back to his bed in the dormitory.

He admitted to also masturbating the boy on the second night of the camp, but denied doing any other sexual acts.

When asked by his lawyer Mara Barone why he abused the boy, he said he “found him sexually appealing”.

The victim told the court last week he did not know how to stop the man’s abuse.

“I didn’t know what to do,” he said.

The victim, flanked by his wife, parents and supporters, was in court to hear the verdict this afternoon.

Hutchinson is due to be sentenced on April 5.


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Philip Alan Reid

Posted: April 27, 2014 by Serendipity in Victoria
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Former teacher Philip Alan Reid jailed for ‘extreme’ child porn

Article from: AAP

October 24, 2008 03:30pm

A FORMER music teacher whose child porn collection was described by a judge as ‘extreme’ filth has been jailed for three years.

Police found handwritten notes on the best ways to seduce young boys when they searched the house of 50-year-old Malvern man Philip Alan Reid.

The material was found in his home and on his computers.

They also found more than 4000 child pornography images, many of which depicted pre-pubescent boys involved in sexual acts, including boys tied up with chains and ropes.

The court heard the Melbourne man became known to police through his association with a website.

In sentencing, County Court Judge Lance Pilgrim said Reid accepted that the note at his house was in his handwriting.

The note, titled “How to groom children”, said a relationship with a child needed to be developed so they could be made to “seduce” pedophiles.

“The ones who fall into the hands of the cops are the ones who have forgotten (these rules),” the note says.

Judge Pilgrim said he could not understand how anyone could be attracted to such material.

“I find the filth depicted in these images to be extreme,” Judge Pilgrim said.

He jailed Reid, who pleaded guilty to one count of using a carriage service to access child pornography and one count of knowingly possessing child pornography, for three years.

He ordered Reid to serve a minimum of 15 months before he is released on a bond.

Sex abuse victim ‘vindicated’

Tim Howard | 16th December 2010

A FORMER Armidale Senior Citizen of the Year has spent his first night behind bars after he was sentenced to a total of three years’ jail for sexual offences against his stepdaughter more than 25 years ago.

Richard Peter Maddox, 74, had pleaded guilty to three counts of assault and committing an act of indecency with a girl under 16 and one of carnal knowledge of a girl between 10 and 17 years old when he appeared for sentence in District Court at Grafton yesterday.

Judge Freeman sentenced Maddox – who can be named because the court agreed to the victim’s request to have the suppression order lifted that protects the identity of the victims of sex offences – to three years for the carnal knowledge offence, with an 18-month non-parole period. He was also sentenced to 12 months jail for the three other offences. All sentences are to be served concurrently.

The victim, Malika Maddox, 39, said she wanted the suppression order lifted to make the community aware of the crimes her stepfather committed.

Prior to handing down the sentence, Judge Freeman outlined the evidence against Maddox, a former university lecturer and music teacher.

He said the offences occurred in 1983 and 1984 when Maddox and his stepdaughter returned to Australia from Los Angeles.

The three assault offences culminated in the carnal knowledge offence.

The family became aware of the offences when Malika wrote “Fathers are for hating” on her bedroom wall.

Her mother, Andree Kindryd, confronted Maddox and he admitted the offences.

Judge Freeman was mystified that the Department of Community Services did not press ahead with charges at the time. He said the fact that Maddox had moved out of the house and had undertaken counselling may have influenced the decision.

In 2007, after Malika Maddox, now living in Wollongong, learned her stepfather had been named Armidale Senior Citizen of the Year, she confronted him again and he privately apologised to her.

In 2008 police agreed to conduct electronic surveillance of Maddox and in 2009 recorded a conversation referring to the events that led to the carnal knowledge offence.

He was arrested in June 2009 and charged.

Judge Freeman said there were mitigating factors in the sentence he delivered.

These included the age and poor health of the offender, the length of time elapsed since the crime was committed, and the standing of the offender in the community.

He also said the attitude to these types of offences had changed a lot since the 1980s.

“A court after the offences occurred would have handed down a much lighter sentence than a present-day court,” he said.

The judge also said the remorse Maddox had expressed and the discomfort and fear of discovery was a form of extra-curial punishment.

However, Judge Freeman pointed out that Maddox’s standing in the artistic community in Armidale and his outstanding references could be discounted to some extent.

He noted that in many cases, including this offender’s, perpetrators were apparently outstanding members of the community.

“This was an extremely grave breach of trust of a girl from the only father figure she had ever known” the judge said.

He said the offences had only ended when the girl had brought the situation to her mother’s notice by her “heartfelt declamation”.

Outside the court yesterday Malika said the guilty verdict and jail sentence had vindicated her.

“I was told not to expect too much. That he may just get a slap on the hand because of his age,” she said.

Malika said she had been inspired to bring charges against her stepfather when her own daughters reached an age when she recalled she was being groomed by Maddox and she found out he was teaching music to young girls in Armidale.

She said Maddox came across as a sweet, charming old man, but he was really a master manipulator.

“He does what he wants and then says sorry afterwards,” she said.

Malika was supported by her stepsister Rosie Maddox and another friend in court.

“He’s only ever pleaded guilty to things he’s been caught doing,” Rosie Maddox said.

The family are now determined to have Maddox stripped of his Senior Citizen of the Year title.

Malika’s mother, Andree Kindryd, supported her daughter throughout the court case and was with her outside the court.

She has suffered years of remorse, which all came to a head yesterday.

“I’m the idiot who let this happen,” she said.

She said there had been signs there was inappropriate behaviour going on, but she failed to act on them and had been put off by her husband’s excuses.

Ms Kindryd said she and her daughter were attempting to reconcile their relationship.

“It’s something we’re working on,” she said.


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Richard John Llewellyn

Posted: December 30, 2012 by Serendipity in A.C.T
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Ex-music teacher jailed for child porn

December 3, 2008

Julian Drape

A former Canberra music teacher who downloaded thousands of child porn images, including pictures of children engaged in sex acts with animals, will spend three months in full-time custody.

Police raided the home of Richard John Llewellyn, 58, earlier this year and found 17,000 images and video files depicting child pornography and child abuse.

His arrest was part of a worldwide investigation into child pornography.

The married father of two pleaded guilty in April to using the internet to view child porn and possessing child porn.

In sentencing Llewellyn in the ACT Supreme Court on Wednesday, Justice Hilary Penfold said the seized material included “the most disturbing kinds of images”.

“(There were) children bound, gagged and threatened while being subjected to sexual acts, children engaging in sexual acts with animals, and images of children as young as four months,” Justice Penfold said.

“Even accepting that many of the images occur more than once in the material, it is hard to see how there could have been fewer than hundreds of children involved.”

The court heard Llewelyn developed an interest in child porn after he found out his own children had been molested by his father.

He soon became obsessed with the internet and accessed the material every night for sexual gratification.

His obsession became so extreme he suffered deep vein thrombosis because of the time spent on the computer.

Justice Penfold said to his credit Llewellyn had fully cooperated with the police investigation and expressed continuing remorse for his actions.

Indeed, his psychiatrist told the court the 58-year-old was “deeply distressed, ashamed and, not surprisingly, now plagued with suicidal intention”.

Llewellyn was sentenced to three months full-time custody, with a further five months to be served by way of periodic detention.

Another 12 months was suspended subject to a two-year good behaviour order.


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Paedophile ordered to pay victim $2.4m

Updated Sat Nov 27, 2010 1:20am AEDT

A paedophile music teacher has been ordered to pay one of his victims just over $2.4 million in damages after a judge found he had been “crippled” by his psychiatric injuries.

But a barrister for the plaintiff said although it was a large sum, no amount of money would ever be enough.

Gary Maxwell Featherstone, who lived in Sydney’s north, pleaded guilty to 12 sex offences involving indecent acts against four boys aged between 11 and 14 in the 1980s.

He is serving a minimum jail term of seven years.

On Friday, NSW Supreme Court Justice Lucy McCallum awarded $2,405,912 in compensation to one victim, referred to only as XY for legal reasons.

Justice McCallum said it was not clear how Featherstone “manoeuvred himself” into the role of a “special friend”, or what checks were undertaken by government officers who entrusted the boy into his care on weekends.

The boy, who was a ward of the state, estimated Featherstone sexually assaulted him about 300 times over a number of years from the age of 11.

The judgment says on the first night he stayed at Featherstone’s home, he was shown a pornographic movie and made to perform sex acts that he was told later were “a secret”.

He said he did not report the abuse to authorities because he “needed the companionship and affection” which he had not received in a “harsh and brutal” boys home.

“His house was like a paradise for kids … he let us have food, lollies and soft drink whenever we wanted,” he said.

“Although I was completely shocked and sickened by his sexual abuse, Featherstone offered me some care and attention that I had been longing for.

“Life with him was the lesser of two evils.”

The victim had also testified that Featherstone “sold” him to another paedophile for six to eight weeks, during which time both men molested him.

Justice McCallum accepted evidence from a psychiatrist’s report that described how XY “began to lacerate himself within six months of the first episode of abuse”.

The judgment says as an adult it remains impossible for XY to have normal relationships.

Justice McCallum awarded high-end-range general damages of $350,000, saying he remained “terribly impaired in many aspects of his life”.

For economic loss, she ordered Featherstone pay the man more than $2 million because “his capacity to obtain employment was insidiously undermined from an early age and … he is now effectively crippled by his psychiatric illnesses”.

The victim also received $795,000 from the state of NSW in February for the injuries and disabilities he suffered.

Pedophile composer jailed 17 years

  • by: David King
  • From: The Australian
  • November 15, 2006 12:00AM

AS the accomplished composer and convicted pedophile Gary Maxwell Featherstone was led from court to the cells yesterday, the mother of one of his young victims lost her temper.

“Hell is too good for you, Featherstone, but go and rot there anyway,” she yelled.

The conservatorium-trained pianist and former private-school teacher glanced at the woman before being taken to prison for up to 17 years for abusing four young boys in the 1980s.

NSW District Court judge Joseph Gibson described the respected pianist as a predator who targeted vulnerable children and held out little hope for his rehabilitation.

He said the courts “would protect young children in our society” and jailed Featherstone for a minimum of 13 years and a maximum of 17 years.

Featherstone, 57, initially faced 62 charges but pleaded guilty to 12 charges of indecency and sexual acts against four boys aged between 11 and 14 from 1983 to 1989.

Peter Pilkington, 33, who was one of the children abused by Featherstone, waived his legal right to anonymity and said he considered Featherstone “a wolf in sheep’s clothing”.

“He did this nice ‘I want to help children’ act, but all he wanted was to help himself to his sick sexual games,” he said.

Mr Pilkington was 11 years old when Featherstone befriended him and his brother, who was also a victim, at the western Sydney boys home where they lived. Featherstone took him to his home, to YMCA camps and to nudist beaches where he abused him.

“I thought he was showing his love for me. He said it was our little secret,” Mr Pilkington said. “He passed me on to one of his other friends.”

Mr Pilkington said he was happy with the sentence and encouraged other victims of sexual assault to come forward.

He said the process had come at a physical and mental cost but he would “do it again tomorrow if I had to”.

Featherstone was included in the International Who’s Who in Music in 2000 and listed among the 2000 outstanding musicians of the 20th century in Britain and 500 leaders of influence in the US.

With time already served, Featherstone will be eligible for release in August 2017.

Sex abuse charge teacher ‘used Mintie lure’

September 6, 2004 – 5:32PM

A former Sydney private school teacher allegedly used Minties to entice young boys to go skinny-dipping and sleep naked with him at a youth camp at which he was an instructor in the 1980s.

Gary Maxwell Featherstone is facing 62 charges of child sex abuse and was today refused bail in Central Local Court.

He was arrested on Saturday as he walked free from Sydney’s Long Bay jail, having ended a 12-month sentence for importing about 50,000 child pornographic images.

The 62 charges relate to acts of indecency and intercourse with four boys aged 11 to 16 between the years of 1981 and 1990 at Featherstone’s Sydney home and at various YMCA summer holiday youth camps in and around Sydney.

Police allege at least one victim has identified himself on videos seized from Featherstone’s home.

It’s also alleged that while at a camp in the Richmond area, Featherstone told about 10 boys in his group that he would give them a Mintie if they agreed to swim and sleep naked with him.

Featherstone is alleged to have said: “Everyone gets a Mintie if they go skinny dipping” and later, while camping at a nearby cave, “We are all sleeping in the nude tonight. Who wants to sleep in my sleeping bag? – There’s another Mintie in it”.

A then nine-year-old boy, whose parents were going through a divorce at the time, agreed to it after seeing other children take him up on the offer and was subsequently allegedly assaulted.

Police alleged Featherstone sought permission from the boy’s mother to maintain contact and over a seven-month period the assaults continued as he gave piano and tennis lessons to the boy while a teacher at the Pittwater Grammar School.

Following a weekend away in the Blue Mountains with Featherstone, the boy watched a television current affairs program on paedophilia and decided he no longer wanted to continue the relationship.

It’s alleged Featherstone then called the boy, who was in tears, and said: “Are you going to tell anyone? Don’t tell anyone. It’s our secret.”

Magistrate Allan Moore today refused Featherstone’s bail application, saying it could not be proved that he had been properly rehabilitated during his jail time and no longer posed a risk to society.

“Greater material from professionals is needed to give the court comfort at this point in time,” Mr Moore told the court.

“Without any further material, this court is not of the view that it’s appropriate to grant bail.”

Featherstone’s lawyer Bill O’Brien had argued for bail on the grounds that the child sex abuse offences were alleged to have occurred long before the offences for which he was jailed, which involved no physical contact with children.

The matter will return to Central Local Court on October 26.


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