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A registered sex offender who pleaded guilty to looking at child sex abuse images online has admitted using his dead wife’s phone to search for pictures of young girls.

Phillip Wayne Doherty, 59, says he was looking for “fat girls in bikinis” on the internet and browsing sexually explicit websites when he came across child sex abuse images.

He pleaded guilty in the Victorian County Court on Friday to multiple charges of using a carriage service to access child pornography and breaching parole and bail conditions that forbade him from using the internet.

The Thomastown truck driver has admitted looking at child sex abuse images, including a graphic video of a five-year-old child, between 2014 and October last year.

Doherty tried to hide evidence when police came to his home in October by throwing his dead wife’s phone in the bushes when he saw officers coming up his driveway, prosecutors told his plea hearing.

At the time he was already on bail for serious child pornography offences linked to a search of Doherty’s home two weeks after his wife died of cancer in August.

During the search the truckie confessed to police he had recently thrown out a computer that he had used to look at child abuse images.

He admitted he began using his wife’s computer in November 2014, even though his parole conditions prohibited him from using the internet.

Doherty was searching the internet for pictures of fat girls and browsing sexually explicit websites, thinking “I’m back to me old self again”, when he found the child sex abuse images.

“That’s when I got sucked in again,” he told police.

By Doherty’s own estimates, there were up to 300 child sex abuse images on the dumped computer.

He knew what he was doing was wrong, and often thought to himself: “I’m sick and I need help, but no one is going to help me”.

“I didn’t know who to ring,” he said in a police interview.

Police were unable to retrieve the computer and seized a number of electronic devices from Doherty’s home, who was charged and granted bail.

When officers returned to his home two months later and caught him trying to dump a smartphone, he admitted he had been using his wife’s phone to go online.

Doherty has been in custody since October. He will be sentenced on March 7.


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Teacher jailed for student sex

AN ENGLISH teacher who had sex with a 15-year-old student and then asked her to lie about the relationship has been jailed for three years.

Danial John Boyce, 29, had sex with the girl three times between August and September 2008, after the girl sent him naked images of herself over the internet, the Victorian County Court heard.

Boyce was the girl’s English teacher at a country Victorian school and initially tried to dissuade her from contacting him on the internet, the court heard.

But he later gave the girl his phone number and they became more friendly.

The relationship was revealed after the images were discovered during routine maintenance on Boyce’s school computer, the court heard today.

While on bail, police recorded Boyce telling the girl to “say it never happened” and that previous allegations were a lie.

After initially denying the relationship to police, Boyce confessed and pleaded guilty to sexual penetration of a child under 16 under his care, supervision or authority and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Today, Judge Liz Gaynor jailed Boyce for three years and ordered he serve a minimum of 18 months in prison.

Having already served 400 days in custody, Boyce could walk free from jail in less than six months.

Judge Gaynor said the victim impact statements showed the girl was vulnerable and needed to be protected from forming a sexual relationship – regardless of whether she wanted the relationship – with someone older and in a position of trust over her.

“She was a child,” Judge Gaynor said.

“She and her mother should have been able to rely on you as a teacher to protect (her).

“I do accept that this relationship has caused her harm and disrupted her progress in life.”

Boyce wrote to Judge Gaynor expressing remorse and saying there was no-one to blame but himself.

“I had sex with a young girl … someone far too young for my age,” Boyce wrote in the letter.

Judge Gaynor said up until his offending Boyce had “risen fairly heroically” from his troubled family life.

Boyce’s mother physically and emotionally abused him and they lived in a house full of animals and animal excrement, the court heard.

Boyce will be a registered sex offender for 15 years.

Details of the school involved and the town where the offences took place cannot be revealed for legal reasons.


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Adelaide online predator jailed


November 14, 2014, 4:25 pm

An Adelaide man who groomed a 14-year-old girl for a sexual relationship through an online game has been jailed.

Roy Jonas drove from his home in Adelaide to Melbourne to meet the girl after exchanging intimate details with her online.

The pair engaged in sexual acts in the 41-year-old’s car and in a hotel room during the trip in May 2013.

The pair maintained their sexual relationship for two months, the Victorian County Court heard.

Judge Mark Dean said Jonas took advantage of the girl’s troubled past to strike up a sexual relationship with her.

“You were significantly older than her, and were aware that she was vulnerable and confused,” he told Jonas on Friday.

“You were also aware that she had a disrupted home life and did not have the support of her parents.”

Jonas pleaded guilty to committing an indecent act with a child under 16 and two counts of sexual penetration of a child under 16.

Judge Dean sentenced him to three-and-a-half years in prison, of which he must serve two years before becoming eligible for parole.


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Howlong sex offender lives in online fantasy world from parent’s home

8 Sep 2016, 2:30 p.m.

A CON artist and registered sex offender with at least eight aliases has been caught using online dating services to have sex with women in breach of his reporting conditions.

Brenton Robert Jarrett, 44, has previously claimed to be Johnny Depp’s brother, actor Skeet Ulrich and the grandson of Hollywood film director Alfred Hitchcock.

The reality is Jarrett lives in Howlong with his parents on a disability pension and uses the internet to build a fantasy world for himself.

He also has conditions as a sex offender that he keep police briefed on any changes to his personal circumstances, including online usernames and accounts.

Jarrett has a week to report any changes, but failed to tell police about subscriptions to Tinder, Kik, Sugar Daddy Meet, Sugar Elite Australia and Seeking Arrangement.

He has used the apps and sites to have sex with three women.

Officers checked in on Jarrett at his parents’ home on March 30.

He gave permission for them to look at his mobile phone and they discovered the unreported dating apps and sites and arrested him.

Police facts tendered to Albury Local Court note that without the internet, Jarrett would most likely be unable to commit his offences.

“The accused stated to police that he enjoys the fanciful, anonymous and opportunistic environment that the internet offers,” the facts state.

“The accused admitted to police to meeting with three of these women and engaging in consensual sexual intercourse following conversations had on these applications and online dating subscriptions.”

He was sentenced in Albury Local Court on Tuesday to a minimum five months in jail, backdated to his arrest in March, and a maximum term of 10 months.

Conman’s jail reduced by a month

Oct. 24, 2014, midnight

SERIAL conman Brenton Robert Jarrett yesterday had two jail terms varied for offences of failing to comply with conditions imposed on him as a registered sex offender.

Jarrett, 42, of Howlong, appeared in the District Court at Albury for severity appeals lodged after he was jailed in July.

Magistrate Tony Murray imposed 12-month jail terms with a minimum of six months for eight fraud offences.

But Jarrett was given 14 months, with a minimum of eight months, for two matters of failing to comply with conditions as a sex offender.

Solicitor Elizabeth Bushby said there were no appeals against the fraud penalties, only the other two matters.

Ms Bushby said Jarrett suffered from bipolar disorder and suffered from grandiose ideas or beliefs.

Judge Robert Cogswell varied the first breach of the registered sex offender conditions from a jail term to a three-year bond.

The second offence was altered to a 13-month jail sentence with a minimum of seven months.

He will now be eligible for release from custody on February 21 next year.

Jarrett, who has previously claimed to be Johnny Depp’s brother, US actor Skeet Ulrich and the grandson of legendary Hollywood film director Alfred Hitchcock, attended the Albury police station on May 10 to advise he had a new mobile phone number and email address at DM Productions.

Jarrett said it was his new venture, but indicated it was not a registered company.

Four days later a representative from the modelling industry contacted Albury detectives with concerns about a man named Robbie Caine, from DM Productions.

Detectives were told “Caine” had contacted a number of models’ Facebook pages and claimed he was a part-owner of the Nine Network.

He tried to organise meetings with the models on the premise of offering weather presenter positions.

The industry representative believed “Caine” was really Brenton Jarrett and told him so in a conversation.

Jarrett was put on the NSW Child Protection Register after being charged in Victoria with offences relating to a teenage girl.

He met a girl, 14, on a Sydney-bound train on January 20, 2012, said he owned a modelling agency and told her she had the looks for a model.

Jarrett and the girl exchanged text messages from January 25 to February.


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Heathcote CFA fake jailed


April 4, 2013, 1 a.m.

A HEATHCOTE man arrested for impersonating a CFA officer is a registered sex offender who repeatedly breached reporting conditions, a court has heard.

Mitchell Caleb Dwyer, 23, failed to inform police that he flew to Western Australia for one month before returning to “help fight bushfires” in Gippsland in January.

Dwyer was dressed in CFA uniform at the time and carried a kit-bag full of equipment as he attempted to board a fire truck at the Maffra CFA brigade, near Sale, on January 19.

Inquiries made by the local divisional commander revealed Dwyer was not a member of the CFA and that he was well-known to police in central Victoria for a history of “obsessions with fire”, the Bendigo Magistrates Court heard.

He was arrested at Bendigo train station on January 24 over a string of charges, including impersonating a CFA officer and failing to comply with his sex offender registry conditions.

Dwyer was listed on the sex offender registry for life after pleading guilty to an indecent act with a child under 16-years-old in 2011.

Appearing in court yesterday, Dwyer was remanded in custody and given a five-month jail sentence, with two months already served. He received an aggregate fine of $1000.

The court heard he had a long history of fraudulent attempts to join CFA crews, including arriving at Wesburn fire brigade in December 2012 in a bid to respond to a shed fire.


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Vic man preyed on girls during games

June 20, 20171:11pm

Rick Goodman Australian Associated Press

A Victorian man who preyed on his young victims while playing games like “Doctors” and “Simon Says” has been jailed for six years.

Douglas Povey, 71, indecently assaulted three girls in a small country town in Victoria between 1975 and 1990 when they were only seven, 10 and 11.

In his sentencing on Tuesday, Victorian County Court Judge John Jordan described Povey’s crimes as “opportunistic and predatory”.

He took advantage of one girl while she was home alone, and another he lured into his own home before molesting her.

“You engaged her in a game of ‘Doctors’,” Judge Jordan said.

“You took her into the bedroom under a pre-text that you wanted to show her something.

“The offending was only interrupted by an unexpected visitor turning up in a vehicle.”

He told one of his victims “not to tell anyone” about what happened and said no one would believe her anyway.

Povey tried to pull another girl’s pants down during a game of “Simon Says” but she forcefully resisted.

Two victims delivered powerful statements in court, speaking of the suffering they endured and their resilience in the face of trauma.

“He took from me all that was good and safe,” one woman said in her victim impact statement during a sentencing hearing.

“The events of that night never left my mind.”

But the woman said she has “grown strong with age”, finishing with a well-known quote.

“The devil whispered in my ear: ‘You are not strong enough to withstand the storm’,” she said.

“Today I whispered in the devil’s ear: ‘I am the storm’.”

The judge said Povey had shown no remorse and had poor prospects for rehabilitation.

Povey was found guilty of six counts of indecent assault in 2017 after two jury trials in the County Court in Warrnambool.

Already behind bars for similar crimes, he was sentenced on Tuesday to a further six years with at least four years and six months to be served in jail.

Povey was tied up and beaten in his home by two men seeking revenge for a boy he sexually assaulted in 2013.

The vigilantes were found guilty of several charges but spared jail.

Povey will be eligible for parole in February 2023.

‘I am the storm’: sex victims defy abuser

Rick Goodman – AAP on June 16, 2017, 4:17 pm

Two Victorian women who were sexually abused as children have spoken of the suffering they endured – and the strength they now have as adults.

They were aged just seven and 11 when they were indecently assaulted by Douglas Povey in the 1970s and 80s in country Victoria.

The 72-year-old pedophile was found guilty in 2017 after two trials in the Victorian County Court.

The women spoke at Povey’s plea hearing on Friday, saying he stole their innocence but they haven’t let him ruin their lives.

“You reach a point when you realise you were only seven, an innocent child who was victimised and terrorised at the hands of a disgusting man,” one woman said in her victim impact statement.

“An innocent child who has grown into a strong woman despite this horrible trauma.”

She experienced flashbacks and nightmares after the abuse and later depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress.

It was too confronting to talk about with family and friends, so she carried her burden alone.

“Not because I am ashamed but because I don’t want them to have to listen to the trauma,” she said.

The other victim, now in her early 50s, said she grew up in a town in Victoria’s west where kids felt safe walking to school alone.

But that changed after she was preyed on by Povey when she was home alone.

“He took from me all that was good and safe,” she said in her statement.

“The events of that night never left my mind.”

But the mother and wife said she has “grown strong with age”, finishing with a well-known quote.

“The devil whispered in my ear: ‘You are not strong enough to withstand the storm’,” she said.

“Today I whispered in the devil’s ear: ‘I am the storm’.”

Povey, who is in jail for other sex crimes, will be sentenced on six counts of indecent assault later in June.

In 2013, Povey was tied up and beaten by two men seeking revenge for a boy he sexually assaulted.

The vigilantes were found guilty of several charges but spared jail.



A man who robbed & bashed Povey has received a suspended jail sentence. He pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool County Court to burglary, intentionally causing injury, false imprisonment & robbery. He was jailed for two years & nine months but that sentence was suspended for three years. Povey suffered minor injuries & was hospitalised & then placed in an aged care facility. A doctor noted that Povey struggled with psychological trauma after the assault & suffered flashbacks & anxiety.



Povey has been charged with an additional 10 sex abuse offences. The case has been adjourned until July 19.

Ex-Coleraine man jailed over child sex assault

Wed 27 Aug 2014, 11:23am

A 69-year-old man from south-west Victoria has been sentenced to at least four years in prison for the indecent and sexual assault of a person under 16.

Douglas Norman Povey, formerly of Coleraine, pleaded guilty to nine charges in the Warrnambool County Court over four incidents from 1988 to 1991.

In sentencing, Judge Mark Taft said Povey had tried to bribe the victim to keep quiet last year, by offering him more than $5,000.

Povey was sentenced to a total of six years in prison and will be registered as a sex offender.


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Corio sex fiend Kristopher Howard guilty on kill threat

  • Geelong Advertiser
  • August 21, 2014 11:47AM

A REGISTERED sex offender, charged with threatening to kill a DHS worker and breaching sex register requirements, sat nursing his baby daughter in Geelong Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Kristopher Howard, 22, of Corio, pleaded guilty to those charges as well as failing to answer bail and breaching a Community Corrections Order.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Glenn Abbott said that, on November 13, 2013, Howard was convicted of sex offences against a child under 16 and placed on the Sex Offenders Register.

He said Howard’s obligations under the Sex Offenders Register were explained to him and he was to report to police within seven days to provide his details.

“Howard failed to comply with this requirement,” Sgt Abbott said.

“Then on March 9, he obtained a new mobile phone under the false name of Kristopher Joy and failed to report the change of number or false name to police.” Sgt Abbott said that on September 24, 2013, during an interview with a DHS worker, Howard became enraged.

“He threatened the worker, telling her, ‘If anyone tries to take my kid, I will kill them and that’s not a threat, it’s a promise’,’’ Sgt Abbott said. “The victim was fearful for her safety as a result of Howard’s threat.”

Caitlyn Wells-Simon, for Howard, said her client had difficulty controlling his anger and had made the threat out of frustration. “Clearly his obligations under the Sex Offenders Register had not sunk in properly,” she said.

Throughout the hearing, Howard laughed and joked with friends, on one occasion walking to the back of the court and returning with his baby daughter, placing her on his knee.

Magistrate John Lesser said he had read reports regarding Howard and described them as “disturbing”.

Howard was convicted on all counts, sentenced to four months jail wholly suspended for 12 months and fined $900.


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