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Teacher banned for cyber ‘game’

  • by: Tanya Chilcott
  • From: The Courier-Mail
  • December 03, 2010 11:00PM

A TEACHER who made an avatar – a computer alter ego – to interact inappropriately with a 12-year-old in a virtual world has been deregistered and banned for reapplying for four years.

Gregory Stark, 44, was also found by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) to have hugged and kissed the student inappropriately, sent her inappropriate text messages including one saying, “I love you so much it hurts”, and given her presents including mobile phone credit, CDs and poems.

In a written decision QCAT stated the student gave evidence Mr Stark’s avatar “engaged in sexualised behaviour with her avatar”.

“When questioned about this, Mr Stark was evasive; he consistently claimed he “did not know” whether his avatar was capable of such behaviour,” the written decision stated.

The tribunal also found he had encouraged the student to use a webcam when she was interacting online with him.

“The tribunal considers that the behaviour of Mr Stark is very serious,” QCAT wrote.

“He has admitted that he wanted his relationship with the student to continue after she left school.

“He accessed school records to obtain her home telephone number and address and visited the student at home during the holidays.

“He discouraged the student from telling others of his conduct because he knew it was inappropriate.”

The Queensland College of Teachers (QCT), which began an investigation into Mr Stark after it was informed by the Department of Education there was an investigation into his behaviour last October, told QCAT the teacher’s conduct represented “a campaign of grooming”.

The tribunal ordered Mr Stark’s teaching registration be cancelled and he be banned from reapplying for four years.

He was also ordered to obtain treatment from a registered psychologist within 12 months of reapplying for registration.





Female teacher banned for five years after sending sex letters to 16-year-old student

  • By Tanya Chilcott
  • From: The Courier-Mail
  • July 02, 2010 9:20AM

A FEMALE Queensland high school teacher who, according to court documents, sent sexually explicit letters to a male student has been banned from reapplying to teach for five years.

The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal has found former state school teacher Laura Naomi Fields posed “an unacceptable risk of harm to children”.

Documents handed to QCAT earlier this year by the Queensland College of Teachers claimed Ms Fields first sent a letter to a then 16-year-old student on November 2, last year, stating she was “increasingly turned on and drawn to him” and was having “crazy and intense fantasies” while still at the school.

“I do miss you and crave your company and I would love to have a friendship with you … but I’m not sure if I would always be able to keep my hands off you,” she wrote.

Three letters were sent to the student – the second and third after the student had graduated.

In its finding against Ms Fields, QCAT said her behaviour could be “described as disgraceful on a number of grounds”.

“Firstly she was in a position of trust and responsibility towards a student,” QCAT said.

“Secondly, the highly-sexualised language is disturbing.

“Ms Fields showed little remorse or insight into her actions as demonstrated by her third piece of correspondence and by her reaction in writing after she was advised of the investigation … and the tribunal must conclude there would be a possibility of it occurring in the future.

“She poses an unacceptable risk of harm to children.

“The Tribunal orders that Ms Fields be prohibited from reapplying for registration or permission to teach for five years.”

Doctor who accessed child pornography is permitted to treat children if chaperone is present

A QUEENSLAND doctor convicted for accessing online child pornography, from which he received no “arousal or gratification”, may continue treating children provided there is a chaperone present.

The condition was one of several imposed on Dr Clem Richard Peter Bonney in a decision handed down by the Queensland Civil and Administrative tribunal this month.

Bonney, of Milmerren on the Darling Downs, had previously been sentenced to an 18-month good behaviour bond after pleading guilty to a charge of using a carriage service to access child pornography.

In a written QCAT ruling, Judge Fleur Kingham noted Bonney had a history of moderate depression and had developed a “compulsively-driven, usage of internet sites, including those displaying pornographic images”.

“His offending is part of compulsively driven behaviour that, at times crossed the child pornography boundary, but at no time provided Dr Bonney with any sexual arousal or gratification,” she wrote.

Though Judge Kingham described Bonney’s behaviour as “improper” and “discreditable” to his position, she ruled he could continue to work as a GP under conditions, including he not “consult, assess, examine or treat” minors without an adult chaperone present.

Dr Bonney – who was employed as a medical advisor with Medibank Health Solutions at the time of the QCAT ruling – must also keep a detailed chaperone register and undergo “psychological or psychiatric” treatment at his own expense.

Doctor’s court case adjourned

Peter Hardwick | 3rd April 2009

A charge of downloading child pornography material against Millmerran general practitioner Dr Clem Bonney was adjourned in Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday.

Clem Richard Peter Bonney, 34, is accused of downloading explicit images of children on July 11 last year.

He was charged in December with one count of using a carriage service (internet) to access child pornographic material.

Dr Bonney has not as yet been required to enter any plea to the charge.

Police claim more than 20 images of child pornography were downloaded on to Dr Bonney’s home computer.

It is alleged the downloading of the material was detected during a Queensland Police Service child pornography taskforce operation last year code named Operation Golf Cortex.

After yesterday’s brief mention of the matter, proceedings were adjourned to July 31 for mention in Brisbane Magistrates Court.,22049,24931046-5001028,00.html

Doctor on child porn charge

Article from: AAP

January 19, 2009 12:17pm

A QUEENSLAND doctor is accused of downloading child pornography.

It is alleged Clem Richard Peter Bonney, 34, downloaded explicit files onto his home computer on July 11 last year.

He was charged on December 9 with one count of using a carriage service to access child pornographic material and issued with a notice to appear.

No details of the allegations were read out in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today during a brief mention of the matter.

Dr Bonney, who works as a general practitioner in Millmerran, west of Brisbane, will reappear in court in March.

His bail was continued.

Millmeran doctor faces child porn charge

Nikkii Joyce | 12th January 2009

A MILLMERRAN doctor is still practising despite facing court next week on child pornography charges.

General practitioner Clem Bonney, 34, went to a police station on December 9 on request and was charged with one count of using a carriage service to access child exploitation material.

Dr Bonney will face Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday.

Police claim Dr Bonney’s personal computer contained more than 20, but less than 100, images of child pornography.

The images are alleged to involve more than one child.

Dr Bonney, who previously worked at Dalby, was identified during a Queensland Police Service child pornography taskforce named Operation Golf Cortex.

The general practitioner was suspended, on full pay, from his position at the Millmerran Hospital by Queensland Health on December 8, but remains practising at the Millmerran Medical Centre private practice.

Dr Bonney did not wish to speak to The Chronicle yesterday when he was contacted at the Millmerran Medical Centre.

“Dr Clem Bonney is employed by the Millmerran Health Service as a medical officer with the right to private practice,” Darling Downs West Moreton Health Service District acting chief executive officer Dr Peter Bristow said in a statement last night.

“He was suspended from duty within Queensland Health on December 8 2008 and remains suspended. He is not able to practise in Queensland Health facilities,” Dr Bristow said.

“Dr Bonney’s ability to practise as a private general practitioner is regulated by the Medical Board of Queensland.”

Police have confirmed the doctor has not been denied the right to see patients and practise medicine, but added Dr Bonney is under strict supervision.

Allegations against Dr Bonney were first unearthed by the Australian Federal Police’s national child porn taskforce Operation Centurion before they were handed to the Dalby Child Protection Investigation Unit for further investigation.

At least five individuals from the Southern police region are currently before the Toowoomba Magistrates Court as a result of Operation Centurion.

According to Dr Bonney’s public profile on social networking website Facebook, the 34-year-old began working at Millmerran in July 2008.

He graduated from the University of Queensland in 2003.

Residents of Millmerran and friends of Dr Bonney’s expressed surprise yesterday at the news of the charge.

Dalby Police CPIU officer-in-charge Mark Bradford said police had expressed their desire to speak to Dr Bonney and he attended a police station where he was formally charged.

Det Sgt Bradford said Operation Golf Cortex had since concluded, but ongoing operations continued to target individuals accessing or downloading child pornography.


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Nurse banned for child porn and upskirting

August 10, 2012

Marissa Calligeros

A registered nurse has been banned from the profession for three years after being convicted of possessing child pornography in the worst category and ”upskirting” a work colleague.

Queensland nurse Wade Benjamin Brearley was jailed for five months last year after admitting to accessing child exploitation material, between August 2008 and October 2009, and taking photos up the skirt of a female colleague while on duty.

Despite having been released on parole, the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal banned Brearly late last month from re-registering as a nurse for three years and ordered he undergo counselling by a clinical psychologist approved by the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia for at least 12 months.

In her judgment, QCAT deputy president, Fleur Kingham, noted Brearley had taken steps to preserve the child exploitation material on portable memory devices over the 14-month period.

‘‘Some of the images were of the most serious categories, depicting penetration, sadism or bestiality,’’ she said.

‘‘It is also concerning that Mr Brearley brought his sexual offending into the workplace.

‘‘The upskirting offence indicated a willingness to play a more active part than he had previously played in securing pornographic material.’’

Ms Kingham said she was satisfied the tribunal’s sanctions on Brearley would ensure he was a minimal risk to his colleagues and the public in the future.

‘‘The purpose of the counselling is to facilitate Mr Brearley developing insight into why he engaged in the conduct the subject of these proceedings and to develop strategies to prevent the reoccurrence of such conduct,’’ she said.

If he does return to nursing Brearly will be barred from accessing any file, whether electronic or hard copy, of any client or patient under the age of 18, unless he is under the supervision of another registered nurse at the time.

He will also be banned from using any form of computer with internet access at his workplace, unless under direct supervision.


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