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Jones is the former deputy principal at Woodridge State High School, in Logan, south of Brisbane.

He had worked at Education Queensland since 2004.

Teacher sentenced for series of sexual offences

A 57-year-old man has today, Tuesday 22 August 2017, been sentenced in connection with a number of child sex offences.

Glyn Barrington Jones, formerly of Major Mitchell Drive, Brisbane, Australia, was charged in January 2016 by officers from Norfolk Constabulary’s Children Abuse Investigation Unit, with 13 offences including 11 counts of indecent assault and two of attempted indecent assault.

Jones pleaded guilty yesterday (Monday 21 August 2017) to seven of the indecent assaults. The other offences will remain on file.

The assaults started while he was a trainee and also took place while he was in post as a Physical Education teacher in Norfolk and Devon.  The offences he was convicted of relate to six female victims  and were committed between 1979 and 1996.  All the victims were aged 16 or under at the time.

When sentencing Jones to five years in prison, Judge Anthony Bate described his offences as having “an enduring impact” on the victims with Jones continuing to lead an “outwardly respectable life as a man of apparent good character” while in fact being a “clandestine sex offender since age of 19.”

Following today’s Norwich Crown Court appearance, Detective Constable Kim Taylor who headed the investigation, said: “Jones took complete advantage of his position of trust to encourage his victims to allow him to carry out sex offences having persuaded them that he was in an emotional relationship with them.

“I want to thank all the victims involved in this investigation for their bravery and patience while this case came to court.  Although by pleading guilty, he has prevented the victims from having to relive their ordeal through a trial, they should not have been in this position in the first place.

“This enquiry highlights how important we consider all allegations of abuse , non recent or current and should assure other victims of abuse that every report is fully investigated by Norfolk Constabulary, with specialist officers guiding victims through the process.”

Jones was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life.






Ex-principal avoids prison over indecent assault

19/03/2009 12:35:00 AM

A MAGISTRATE has slammed the behaviour of a former school principal found guilty of indecently assaulting a boy while working at Rokewood Primary School.

Magistrate Jon Klestadt told Keith Rees he had breached a position of trust and committed a “serious” act of indecent assault.

“You were in a position of trust and you had a professional duty to act properly to (the victim),” Mr Klestadt said.

“There can be no greater betrayal of a young person than to be sexually abused by a person in a position of trust.

“Young people need to be protected from this type of conduct.”

Rees, 58, of Ballarat, was convicted and sentenced to six months’ jail, to be served by way of an intensive corrections order.

He pleaded not guilty to four charges of indecent assault at Ballarat Magistrates Court on Wednesday but was found guilty of one count after a five-hour contest hearing.

The court heard Rees assaulted a 13-year-old boy who would attend the school after hours to play computer games.

The offending took place in 1985 when Rees was principal at the rural school.

Defence lawyer Tom Dunos told the court Rees had specialised in physical education and taught adults through the sports commission.

He said the matters before Rees had had an impact on his life and he had to leave the sports commission and resign from teaching.

Three character witnesses each told the court Rees was an approachable and trustworthy person, and the accusations were out of character.

Police prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Shaun Perry told the court there had been a long-term effect on the victim and Rees’ trust had been


Mr Klestadt said while Rees had pleaded guilty to similar charges in the past, he was treating him as a first offender.

“You’re entitled to be dealt with as a first offender because at the time of this offending you had not been charged with any offences until 2007,”

he said.

“I can’t ignore that in 2007 you were dealt with for a series of like offences – one occurred at the same period of this offending.”

Meanwhile, a former Ballarat High School teacher facing 26 sexual assault charges briefly appeared at court before Magistrate Fiona Stewart.

Michelle Lynn Dennis, 32, of Sebastopol, was charged with the offences in October last year.

They include sexual penetration of a child under 16 years and indecent act with a child under 16 years.

She will reappear in court for a committal hearing on June 17.

Former schoolteacher jailed for sex abuse

Updated Fri Dec 2, 2005 3:31pm AEDT

A former Melbourne schoolteacher has been sentenced to nine-and-a-half years in jail for sex offences against three boys in the 1960s and 1970s.

St Kilda man Willie Kovac, 73, pleaded guilty to nine counts of indecent assault.

The Victorian County Court heard the victims were aged between nine and 13-years-old.

The offences against the first boy happened at a school camp and while Kovac was driving the second student home.

The court heard the physical education teacher exploited the third victim’s desperate family financial state by paying him for sexual services.

Judge Pamela Jenkins said the convicted paedophile had been the most evil influence on his victims’ lives, with the three suffering from severe alcohol and drug addictions, broken marriages and unemployment.

She sentenced him to nine-and-a-half years in jail with a five-and-a-half year non-parole period.

Outside court, one of the victims said he regretted not reporting Kovac sooner.

“I really hope that it encourages other victims to come forward,” he said.

“It’s something that seems to be or has been very rife in our society and it needs more publicity.”


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Appeal fails in teacher sex case

September 9, 2005 – 1:00PM

Former Melbourne physical education teacher Karen Louise Ellis today failed in her bid to reduce her jail term imposed for having sex with a teenage schoolboy.

The 37-year-old pleaded guilty at her trial to six charges of sexual penetration with a child under 16 after having a six-and-a-half week affair with the Year 10 student in 2003.

In November last year, County Court Judge John Smallwood sentenced her to 22 months imprisonment, wholly suspended for three years.

After an appeal by the DPP six months later, Court of Appeal Justice Frank Callaway resentenced Ellis to two years and eight months’ jail, with six months to be served immediately and the remainder suspended.

“The sentence unintentionally violated the rule of equality before the law, including equality of concern for male and female victims and equality in the sentencing of male and female offenders,” Justice Callaway said.

In the High Court in Melbourne today, Ellis’ barrister Robert Richter QC argued Justice Callaway wrongly assumed Ellis received favourable treatment because she was a woman and he had failed to take into account the exceptional circumstances surrounding the case.

He said the victim was just four months shy of his 16th birthday when the offences occurred and did not feel victimised.

The victim did not testify during the trial but gave a written statement, in which he said he initiated the relationship, not Ellis.

“The victim wants to give evidence. He wants to give evidence saying `I am not the victim, she is’,” Mr Richter said.

“The conviction is absolutely devastating for this woman. She has lost her career, she has lost her future.”

Crown prosecutor John McArdle QC said the law was designed to treat male and female offenders equally.

“The legislation is not gender specific either as an offender or a victim.” he said.

“The whole purpose of this law is to protect male or female children.”

Mr McArdle said the affair had devastated the victim’s family and would have long-lasting ramifications.

“Sexual relationships of this abusive nature have effects much later on in life,” he said.

High Court justices Michael Kirby, Ken Hayne and Ian Callinan rejected Ellis’ application for leave to appeal the sentence imposed by the Court of Appeal.

“It does seem to be an offensive principle that a female teacher in these circumstances is treated more leniently than a male teacher would be,” Justice Kirby said.

“It is unlikely that the Court of Appeal gave no consideration of the discretions available to the sentencing judge.

“We are not convinced that a miscarriage of justice occurred in this case.”

Teacher who had sex with student avoids jail

November 11, 2004

A woman teacher avoided a jail term yesterday after pleading guilty to a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old boy.

As she left the Victorian County Court, Karen Louise Ellis, a 37-year-old mother of three, said: “I got exactly what I deserved.”

Ellis had earlier pleaded guilty to six counts of sexual penetration with a boy under 16.

Judge John Smallwood sentenced her to 22 months in jail but wholly suspended the term for three years.

The former Melbourne physical education teacher had repeated sex with the boy at her North Eltham home while her husband was away in October and November last year.

The boy’s mother contacted police after seeing Ellis and her son “looking like husband and wife” as they left their school in the teacher’s car.

Judge Smallwood said the case against Ellis was “greatly different” to the recent case concerning high-profile tennis coach Gavin Hopper, who in August was jailed for more than two years for his affair with an underage schoolgirl in the 1980s.

Indeed, the Crown had not suggested the circumstances surrounding the two cases were similar nor that any comparison should be made, he said.

Hopper’s relationship with his victim began when she was 14 and stretched over two years.

Hopper denied the charges from the outset and at the trial, the victim was called “either a liar or mad or both”.

The trial judge found Hopper had shown no remorse and the victim had suffered greatly.

“Those factors do not exist in this particular situation to anything like the extent they occurred in Hopper and it’s my view that in circumstances such as these comparisons are very dangerous,” he said.

Declaring a degree of mercy appropriate, he told Ellis: “The fallout from your criminal conduct has been enormous.”

She would never teach again, her reputation had been destroyed and she had been subjected to public ridicule.

She was now regarded as a serious sexual offender and her name would go on the sexual offenders’ register.

But a victims-of-crime lobby group said the decision not to jail Ellis was a disgrace and revealed gender bias in the justice system.

The president of the Crime Victims Association, Noel McNamara, said: “It appears we have one law for one gender and one law for another gender according to the justice system.

It was “pretty disgusting” there was such a disparity in two sentences handed down from the bench, and the decision sent the wrong message to victims. “I feel for the boy and his mother,” he said. “She has to be concerned that it appears justice is different for her because it was a boy.”

The president of the Australian Council of State School Organisations, Judith Bundy, said there needed to be consistency in sentencing: “I think it will be a concern for parents,” Ms Bundy said. “It’s a very difficult issue and people get very emotional.”


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