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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.





Pic: Nathan Richter  Source: The Courier-Mail

Former Churchie master and pedophile fails in suppression bid

  • by Tanya Chilcott
  • From: The Courier-Mail
  • June 01, 2011 12:00AM

AN ATTEMPT by a jailed pedophile and former Churchie deputy headmaster to suppress details of his impending teaching disciplinary hearing because of safety concerns has been denied.

Former Anglican Church Preparatory School deputy headmaster Christopher Michael Klemm was jailed for five years in 2010 after pleading guilty to three counts of indecent treatment of a former student and one of unlawful carnal knowledge against the act of nature.

The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal said that while Mr Klemm was “in a position of at least some vulnerability”, the information before the Queensland College of Teachers was already public.

“It is a clear case where the desirability of proceeding in public outweighs all other considerations.”

Victim of Anglican Church Grammar School teacher Chris Klemm says he thought he found love with Churchie father figure

  • Tony Keim
  • From: The Courier-Mail
  • November 05, 2010 10:24AM

A MOTHERLESS 12-year-old boy, spurned by his father, believed he found the love he had for so long craved when he was made to feel special by his boarding master at Brisbane’s prestigious Anglican Church Grammar School almost 25 years ago.

The boy’s boarding master and teacher, Chris Klemm, also felt a special bond with his new protege, but his “love” for the child was of the far more sinister kind.

A quarter of a century on and the boy is now a man, aged 37, and remains haunted by the “special relationship” he suffered at the hands of Klemm, until last year Churchie’s preparatory school deputy principal, which robbed him of his childhood, his innocence and possibility his sexual orientation.

Christopher Michael Klemm, 52, was jailed for five years yesterday after pleading guilty to sexually abusing the boy, then aged between 12 and 15, on four separate occasions between February 10, 1985 and January 1, 1988.

It was revealed Klemm, who is now openly homosexual, was struggling with his homosexuality when he molested his Year 7 student.

Klemm’s confusion led to his romantic infatuation for the boy, but the boy’s “love” for his teacher was of the platonic kind of a child for their parent.

Lawyers for Klemm, during his sentencing, said: “The fact is Mr Klemm was infatuated with (the boy) and believed he had found true love.”

In a harrowing victim statement, Klemm’s former charge is now as confused and tormented as his former master.

The question the man, who now works as a pilot and lives abroad, most asks himself is: “Am I gay because of Klemm?”

“The biggest and most lasting prominent effect Klemm has left on my life is the question I ask myself daily, ‘would I be gay if this hadn’t happened to me’?,” he said.

“I never wanted to be gay. I live my life in a very masculine straight man’s world as a pilot … (but) it is impossible for me to get excited about women.

“I believe Klemm has disabled me to make a sexual choice besides being a gay man.”

In 1985, the boy had been living with family in Hong Kong after the drowning death of his adopted mother four years earlier, when he was sent to Churchie as a Year 7 boarder.

Klemm instantly bonded with the child, made him feel special and regularly invited him to visit his private quarters to sit on his lap as they watched television.

The maths and social sciences teacher later moved into a unit at Highgate Hill, in Brisbane’s inner-south, and often collected the boy after school to come over for visits.

During those visits Klemm provided the boy with alcohol and cigarettes and twice allowed the boy to perform oral sex on him.

Klemm also once sodomised the child at the unit and on another occasion had the boy perform an act on him on Churchie school grounds.

The victim, who cannot be named under Queensland law, said he believed Klemm’s abuse had not only robbed him of his choice of sexuality, but also his of childhood desire to one day have his own nuclear family – complete with wife and children.

“I will never be able to have a wife and children of my own like I promised myself when I was (a young boy living) in Hong Kong,” he said.

“I held Mr Klemm in such high regard and he definitely filled a huge void in my life, at that time, of a father figure … I could trust and confide in.

“(But) at the most critical time in my life he absolutely took advantage of me, a child so obviously needing love and affection.”

Klemm, although jailed for five years, will be released from custody after a partial suspension of the term in February 2012.

Former Anglican Church Grammar School deputy headmaster Chris Klemm jailed for child sex offences

  • Tony Keim
  • From: The Courier-Mail
  • November 04, 2010 10:50AM

THE former deputy headmaster of Brisbane’s prestigious Anglican Church Grammar Preparatory School, aka “Churchie”, has pleaded guilty to four charges relating to sex acts with a boy under the age of 14.

Christopher Michael Klemm,  52, today pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent treatment of a child under 14 and one of unnatural offence — which is carnal knowledge against the act of nature.

He was jailed for five years to be suspended after serving 15 months in custody.

The Brisbane District Court was told the popular teacher was struggling with his sexuality when he molested a young student, then aged between 12 and 15, on four separate occasions between February 10, 1985 and January 1, 1988.

Prosecutor Vicki Loury said Klemm, then the boy’s boarding master and maths and social sciences teacher, befriended the boy and acted as a father figure when the child was sent to Churchie not long after the death of his mother.

She said Klemm would invite the boy, at the time aged 12, to visit him in his room at the school’s boarding house and sit on his lap as they watched television.

The court was told Klemm eventually moved into a unit at Highgate Hill, in Brisbane’s inner-south, and would collect the boy after school to come over for visits.

Ms Loury said it was during these visits Klemm twice had the boy perform a sex act on him and once sodomised the child.

She said on another occasion the boy performed a sex act on Klemm in Churchie’s school grounds.

The court was told Klemm taught at Churchie for all but two-years of his teaching career from 1981 and up until he was stood down when police revealed they were investigating him for child sex offences on October 1 last year.

Barrister Catherine Cuthbert, for Klemm, said her client was confused about his sexuality and was a virgin when he began teaching at Churchie.

She said Klemm became “infatuated’’ with the boy victim and believed he had “found true love’’ as their bond developed.

“There is a breach of trust (in this case) clearly,’’ she said.

“But, the fact is Mr Klemm was infatuated with (the boy) … and believed he had found true love.’’

The court heard Klemm was identified because of an “anatomical anomaly”.


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Teacher banned for 3 years after sexual relationship with student

NATHAN PAULL  |  July 5th, 2011

A FEMALE teacher who had a sexual relationship with an Ayr student has been banned from teaching.

Kristine Maree Grasso, who graduated from James Cook University in 2009 before taking up a position at Burdekin Catholic High School, was given the three-year ban after she was brought before the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal for breaching the Queensland College of Teachers’ policies.

Evidence before the tribunal last month showed Ms Grasso breached the policies several times during 2009 and 2010, before she was eventually suspended on September 24, 2010.

Tribunal documents show Ms Grasso and the student were exchanging “multiple texts per day” and that, during a school netball trip away in 2009, they had discussions about “sexuality”.

Ms Grasso was also spending “a lot of time” alone at home with the student and began sleeping over at the student’s home in 2010, sharing a bed.

The teacher and school netball coach also invited the student to accompany her to another city and often drove the student to and from sporting activities in her own vehicle, which included trips away.

In 2010, Ms Grasso and the student shared a room together during a school netball trip and had been involved in “sexually intimate activity” together during the period.

The tribunal also found Ms Grasso realised the student was committing self-harming behaviour, but did not tell anyone until two months after she realised it had occurred.

“In the tribunal’s view, the fact that Ms Grasso engaged in sexual conduct with the student over a period of time and that the student in question was vulnerable, raised the seriousness of her conduct,” tribunal documents read.

“The tribunal did however also take into account mitigating circumstances which included the relative youth and inexperience of Ms Grasso, her willingness to co-operate and volunteer information … the remorse clearly shown by Ms Grasso for her transgressions and her voluntary participation in therapy.”

The tribunal banned Ms Grasso from registering as a teacher for three years due to “the nature of the serious breach of trust in this matter. If Ms Grasso does re-register to teach after the period, she will have to obtain a psychologist’s report showing she has “gained the necessary insight or knowledge into what is required of a teacher”.

The Bulletin could not contact Ms Grasso yesterday.

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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