Posts Tagged ‘Operation Auxin’

Five plead guilty to child porn charges

Posted Thu 21 Oct 2004, 2:00pm AEST

A teacher at a Catholic primary school in Perth is one of five men, who have pleaded guilty to charges arising from the recent nationwide crackdown on child pornography on the Internet.

Alan John Vella today admitted charges of supplying and possessing child pornography.

The 24-year-old, who worked at St Brigid’s Primary School in Middle Swan, was among hundreds of men charged after Operation Auxin.

John Raymond Peter Francis, 58, Colin James Burns, 55, Christopher James Burgess, 24, and Clinton Houghton-Smith, 39, also pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography.

All five men have been released on bail until they are sentenced in the District Court next month.


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Age:  26  (2005)

Location:  Engadine / NSW

Offence:  Accessed websites to view naked teenage girls in sexual poses for almost two years when charged.

Some of the images were allegedly of children as young as five.

Sentence:  Fined $9000 and put on a three-year good behaviour bond.

Other:  Was a  police officer at Kogarah.

Paedophile back in jail

Convicted Yass paedophile Leon Michael Wicks has been taken into custody charged with another sex offence against a child.

Police charged the 52-year-old with assault with an act of indecency. The charge relates to an alleged incident with a 16-year-old boy near Yass in January.

Police said the boy, who had formerly worked with Wicks, reported the incident on Friday.

Wicks attended Yass Police Station on Tuesday and was arrested and charged with the indecency offence and failure to comply with reporting conditions that are necessary as part of his listing on the Child Protection Register.

He appeared in Goulburn Local Court on Wednesday, did not apply for bail and did not enter pleas to these latest charges.

Wicks, a former TAFE employee, was convicted of paedophilia in 2005 when he pleaded guilty to having sex with boys during a trip to Thailand. He was sentenced to five years jail with a non-parole period of three years.

He was again arrested in 2011 when police raided his home and seized child pornography materials.

He was sentenced to 21 months behind bars and in January that was extended by two months for further sex offences.

Shock-jock Ray Hadley blasted Wicks’ past offences during his 2GB morning show on Wednesday.

“When is this going to stop?” he said.

“When is someone going to say this is a recidivous offender who just can’t control himself, when’s someone going to stop him.”

Mr Hadley was outraged.

“This is a sick individual and the community of Yass know everything about him, yet he continues to allegedly offend.”

Wicks will be back in Goulburn Local Court on July 16.

Another jail term for Wicks

June 19, 2012, 6:24 a.m.
Yass paedophile Leon Michael Wicks has been sentenced to a further two months in jail after being convicted for sexual behaviour in public places.The 51-year-old pleaded guilty to two counts of behaving in an offensive manner and one count of wilful and obscene exposure, during a hearing in Yass Local Court on Monday.

He had previously pleaded not guilty to these charges.

He continued to contest a fourth charge of failing to comply with reporting obligations as part of the sex offender’s register. This charge was brought because he failed to declare his membership of the Yass Services Club, which involves child participation.

Wicks is currently serving 21 months jail for possessing child pornography on his home computers.

The court heard police raided his Yass home on December 16 last year and seized an internet-ready laptop, which is prohibited for people on the Child Protection Register, a camera, a camera SD card, two computer towers and USB thumb-drives for examination.

The hardware contained a number of images of young boys in sexually explicit activities.

The camera contained images of Wicks and two other adult males in various poses and states of undress on the Taemas Bridge near Wee Jasper on December 4 between 2-3.21pm. Police found more images of the other two males appearing to have sex on the Yass Junction Railway Station platform on December 4 between 3.53pm and 4.23pm. Although he did not appear in them, police believe Wicks was the photographer.

Defence counsel Jessica Clarke argued Wicks’ failure to declare the club membership was an issue of interpretation, as the club’s membership was not open to children and her client had deemed it irrelevant to declare. Wicks also had a reasonable excuse because he had no assistance by police when filling out the declaration forms.

Magistrate Doug Dick disagreed, saying Wicks had a “good idea as to what the club was about” as he was a long-term member and had even served on the board of directors for nine years. He said Wicks was a man of intelligence but “it’s clear he employed a narrow interpretation” of the relevancy of the club considering he knew it was used by schools for sporting activities, members regularly dined there with their children and it even had a video arcade room designed to entertain children.

“He can be guilty by omission,” Magistrate Dick said. The law required full disclosure on Wicks’ behalf and it was up to the police to filter the relevance of his answers.

Prosecuting sergeant Chris Toole submitted a prison term was appropriate as “these are not your run-of-the-mill types” of obscene exposure offences – these men had been engaging in sex in public places, in particular, when a train was approaching.

Magistrate Dick convicted Wicks on all four offences.

“I don’t believe your failings [to declare club membership] were motivated by any sinister intention.” He applied two-month prison sentences to all four charges, to run concurrently. Wicks is now due to be released on parole in May next year.

He will remain on the Child Protection Register until 2020.

Ex-SES executive jailed for child-sex

By Natasha Wallace
June 9, 2005 – 3:40PM

A former SES executive and TAFE teacher has been sentenced to five years in jail for sexual intercourse with children during a Thai holiday.

Leon Wicks, 44, who was the SES far-west division executive officer and head of the Cobar SES, pleaded guilty in the Dubbo District Court to having sex with boys aged under 16, and inducing them to have sex with each other, during a trip in February and March, 2003.

He was sentenced yesterday to five years’ jail – with a non-parole period of three years – for various charges including four counts of sexual intercourse with a person under 16 outside Australia.

Wicks, who also occasionally taught at the local TAFE college, had faced a maximum penalty of 15 years in jail.

Officers raided his home during Operation Auxin – the country’s biggest investigation into child pornography – finding videotapes he had taken of himself with the victims.

He was also sentenced to one year for 13 counts of possessing child pornography.


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Age:  55  –  2004

Location:  Mackay  –  Qld

Offence:  Pleaded guilty in the Mackay District Court to one count of making an objectionable computer game and two counts of possessing objectionable computer games.

Sentence:  Sentenced to a wholly suspended three months’ jail.

Other:  Police found 225 photographs of naked girls aged between eight and 12 which had been purchased over the Internet and burned on to a compact disk, 281 pornographic images and 16 movies downloaded on to the computer.


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Posted: January 23, 2013 by Serendipity in NSW
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Two plead guilty on child porn charges

Posted Tue Oct 12, 2004 7:29pm AEST

Two New South Wales men have pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography, as part of the ongoing national investigation Operation Auxin.

Joseph Moldovan, a 52-year-old from Bondi Junction did not appear in Waverley Local Court today, where his lawyer entered guilty pleas to two charges.

Police allege thousands of pornographic images were found during a raid on his home.

In a separate case, a 52-year-old Central Coast man pleaded guilty to child pornography charges.

Dennis Edward Lester from Koolewong appeared in Gosford Local Court today on two counts of possessing child pornography.


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Gregory Thomas Lumley

Posted: January 3, 2013 by Serendipity in Western Australia
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Judge to decide if child porn man to go on register

Posted Tue May 3, 2005 12:20pm AEST

A District Court judge sitting in Geraldton will today consider whether a man fined for possessing child pornography will be required to go on a register.

Gregory Thomas Lumley, 49, was fined $5,000 yesterday for having on his business computer 17 videos of children, some as young as 10, performing sexual acts.

Judge Robert Mazza said he did not impose a prison sentence because he did not believe Lumley was a risk to children and had admitted his guilt over the matter.

The matter will go before the court again today.

Man pleads guilty to pornography charges

Posted Thu Jan 27, 2005 7:29pm AEDT

A 49-year-old man has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges in the Geraldton Magistrate’s Court.

Gregory Thomas Lumley was charged under the national police crackdown on child pornography, known as Operation Auxin.

He has pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography after 17 video files were found on his business computer.

Magistrate Michael King has ordered a pre-sentence report and a psychological report before sentencing Lumley in May.

Child porn offenders had record of assaults

By Natasha Wallace, Joanne McCarthy and Les Kennedy
October 13, 2004

Two men with convictions for child sex offences are the first in NSW to plead guilty to charges laid in Australia’s biggest investigation into child pornography.

A computer analyst, Joseph Moldovan, of Bondi Junction, and a former teacher, Dennis Edward Lester, of Koolewong, on the Central Coast, both 52, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of child pornography.

Police said Moldovan had “thousands” of images of children younger than 10 – “including toddlers and babies engaging in sexual activities with adults, as well as posing in glamour-style photos and various sexual positions” – on his home computer.

Documents tendered to Waverley Local Court revealed that he used a credit card to access three websites, from which he downloaded copies of pornographic images of children. Police also found “hundreds of movies … containing children clearly under the age of 10 engaging in sexual activities with adults and other children”.

Moldovan, who was arrested at home on September 25, did not appear in court but his lawyer entered a guilty plea on his behalf to two counts of possession of child pornography. His computer hard drive and more than 400 CDs were seized.

Lester, who appeared in Gosford Local Court yesterday, had his computer hard drive, 15 videos and 27 CDs seized. On them were images from the internet of children aged 12 and 13 engaged in sexual acts.

Moldovan was found guilty and sentenced to 16 months by Judge Brian Gallen in 1991 in the Sydney District Court for six counts of indecent assault, including four involving a child under 10.

Lester is registered with Brisbane Water Police as a known child sex offender after being sentenced to 15 months of periodic detention in 1989 on 11 counts of indecent assault on a child.

Their guilty pleas follow the first under Operation Auxin of a 34-year-old Perth man, Andrew James Wilson-Brown, who confessed to similar offences last week. Police have seized 2 million pornographic images of children in 400 raids across Australia.

Yesterday, Registrar Aldo Loprete ordered that Moldovan be psychiatrically assessed and the matter has been adjourned to November 16. Lester will be sentenced on November 15.

Meanwhile, a teacher who secretly videotaped girl students undressing for photo shoots at a western Sydney Christian school, where he taught and was also a youth pastor, was granted $10,000 bail yesterday.


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