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Paedophile paramedic sentenced to 13 years’ jail for sexual abuse of 22 girls across three states

By Isobel Roe

Updated 5 May 2017, 6:28pm

A former Queensland ambulance officer has been sentenced to 13 years in jail for “depraved” sexual abuse of 22 young girls across several states over a 10-year period.

The victims of 49-year-old Jason David Brooker were in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, with the youngest being 11 years old.

Brooker, who was between 38 and 47 years of age at the time of offending, contacted young girls via social media sites Kik, Tagged and Facebook using the name ‘Jaz’, ‘David Bourne’ or ‘David Brook’.

In the District Court in Toowoomba on Tuesday, Brooker pleaded guilty to 57 charges, including maintaining a relationship with a child under 16, carnal knowledge, indecent treatment and making and possessing child exploitation material.

The offending was carried out from Brooker’s home in Warwick on Queensland’s Southern Downs between 2005 and 2015, when one victim raised the alarm and police raided his property.

The court heard Brooker often paid for mobile phone credit for the young girls or offered to “get them into modelling” in exchange for naked photographs, and threatened to release the photos on the internet if the girls did not comply with requests for more explicit material.

Offender videoed sex with 14yo girl

Crown prosecutor Elizabeth Kelso told the court the most serious offending was involving a 14-year-old girl, who he lured via social media pretending to be a 16-year-old boy.

After several webcam chats where Brooker asked the girl to take off her clothes, the pair met multiple times including at a park and a hotel in the Brisbane suburb of Brookside.

Ms Kelso told the court the girl had not told her parents where she was going.

“[Brooker] filmed some of those interactions,” Ms Kelso said.

“In that footage he can be seen undressing the complainant.”

The pair then had sexual intercourse, which was also recorded on video.

‘I was made to feel like a disgusting human being’

During police raids of Brooker’s Warwick home in 2015, officers found a disc containing 83 photos of the girl in states of undress.

The court was read a victim impact statement from that girl, who is now an adult.

“[I] feel sick because of the visual memories,” the statement read.

“I feared for my life and my family’s too — I was made to feel like a disgusting human being.”

Ms Kelso said Brooker would request naked pictures and send pictures of his own genitalia to other girls.

The victims often found out the person they were talking to was not a 16-year-old boy when Brooker turned on his own webcam.

Ms Kelso said Brooker would often tell his victims he loved. If they refused his advances, he would threaten the victims with knowing where they lived.

“If the complainants became reluctant or started to ignore the defendant, he became angry,” she said.

“Where he had provided them money, he would tell them he felt he’d been ripped off.”

Ms Kelso said the most disturbing thing about Brooker’s conduct was the “meticulous” nature of the thousands of photos and videos in his child exploitation collection, found during the police raids.

Some of the exploitation material was of children as young as three years old.

“Not only was is stored electronically, it was also stored on CDs identified with the girls name, age and locations,” Ms Kelso said.

The raids also uncovered stolen prescription drugs and uniforms from the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS).

Brooker left the QAS during the 10 years of offending and began to work for a private firm as a paramedic.

Offender wrote apology letter, court told

Brooker’s defence lawyer David Jones told the court his client had not shared any of the child exploitation material he created.

He said Brooker’s conduct was largely inexplicable, but he had written a letter of apology and was on the road to rehabilitation.

In sentencing, Judge Deborah Richards told the court one incident involved threatening a young child with harm.

“You said: ‘If you don’t send me nudes I’ll track down your address and hurt your family’ — she was 11 years old,” the judge said.

Judge Richards said Brooker offended with the hope of having each of the girls have sex with him.

“You did make admissions … but downplayed the criminality of your actions on many occasions,” she said.

“This was persistent, depraved behaviour over a long period of time.”

Judge Deborah Richards chose not to label Brooker a serious violent offender.

He will be eligible to apply for parole in January 2021, six years after he was taken into custody.





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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