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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.

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Former principal charged

Kristy Martin | 6th February 2010

AN OUTSTANDING community service record has saved former Glendyne principal Raymond Ross Krueger from jail after he was convicted of indecently dealing with a child under 16.

Krueger, 55, walked free from the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court yesterday after being given a 10-month suspended jail term.

The former principal of Glendyne Education and Training Centre, which provides support for disadvantaged teens, was recognised for his clean record and his apparent remorse, despite pleading guilty to the charge.

The court heard Krueger touched the breast of a 13-year-old girl during a camping trip when he was the leader of the Hervey Bay Baptist Church youth group.

He was 43 at the time.

Krueger was in the surf with the girl at Rainbow Beach when he put his hand on her breast, before pushing her so that the force of a wave pulled her swimmer top down, prosecutor Djenita Balic said.

He then stood and stared at the girl’s naked breast.

Krueger, who was supported in court by his wife and three adult children, was originally due to face four charges, including one count of sexual assault, but all three other charges were dropped.

The court was told that Krueger phoned the girl, now 26, in December 2007 to ask her forgiveness because he “felt bad” about what he had done.

But she didn’t appreciate his contact, which included repeated emails, and went to church members who investigated the matter.

Krueger eventually wrote a letter to the church admitting he’d had a “sexual attraction” to the girl.

In the letter, he said the girl had regularly hugged him and hung off his neck and that he recalled looking down her top and feeling her breasts rubbing on his neck when he would piggyback her.

He said following the incident at the beach, his life “became hell”.

Krueger, who lost his teaching position over the charges, has received national recognition for helping to build and develop the Glendyne school.

He is now living away from the Bay and working in an engineering position.

Defence barrister Michael Woodford said Krueger’s remorse had been real for “many, many years” and that he was glad to be in court to finally be punished for his actions.

He tendered seven references from “respected” community members to the court on Krueger’s behalf.

Ms Balic said the fact that Krueger was a lot older than the girl and that he had breached a position of trust was not in his favour but said he was otherwise of good character.

Added to that were his early plea, his complete lack of criminal history and his apparent remorse, she said.

Judge Hugh Botting said Krueger’s actions were at the lower end of the scale of seriousness and that the references showed he had made a significant contribution to the community.

He ordered that Krueger spend no time in jail and have no contact with the victim, who was present in court.

Church leader guilty of touching girl, 13

  • From: AAP
  • February 05, 2010 4:14PM

A FORMER Hervey Bay church leader and school principal has been given a suspended sentence over the indecent dealing of a 13-year-old girl at a camp.

Raymond Ron Krueger, 55, the former principal of the Glendyne Education and Training Centre set up by the Hervey Bay Baptist Church, pleaded guilty to one charge of unlawfully and indecently dealing with the child under 16.

Hervey Bay District Court Judge Hugh Botting today gave Krueger a 10-month suspended sentence with an operational period of two years.

The court earlier heard Krueger touched the teenage girl’s breasts at a church camp between August 25, 1996, and August 24, 1999.

Principal faces sex charges

Loretta Bryce | 17th September 2009

ONE OF Hervey Bay’s most respected community and church leaders is facing child sex charges.

Raymond Ron Krueger, who has won nationwide acclaim for his work with at-risk teenagers as principal of Glendyne Education and Training Centre, has been accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl.

Krueger appeared in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court yesterday charged with two counts of indecent dealing of a child under 16 and one charge of sexual assault.

The offences were alleged to have happened between 1997 and 2001 when Krueger was involved with the Hervey Bay Baptist Church youth group.

The alleged victim was aged between 13 and 17 at the time of the alleged offences and was a member of the youth group.

She gave evidence during a two-hour closed court hearing yesterday, before eight other witnesses took the stand.

Krueger was alleged to have touched the teenager’s breasts on at least three occasions – once during a Bible study session and another time during a youth group camp.

The allegations came to light in 2008 when the alleged victim told several church members.

Krueger was charged early this year.

The court was told Krueger and the young woman had both been spoken to by church elders about their unusual relationship, which involved text messages, emails and an on-again, off-again friendship.

Church members described a blurring of boundaries between the two and said it seemed they were too emotionally involved with each other.

“It wasn’t a normal relationship like that of a mentor and a youth,” one church member said.

Senior Pastor Keith Stevenson said that in February this year Krueger confessed to touching the girl inappropriately on four occasions.

“He said he knew he had done wrong … and he was sorry for the things that had happened,” Pastor Stevenson said.

“I was torn between being a friend and wanting to do what was right.

“I was aware of the stress he was under but I felt the only way to deal with it was to bring it into the open and be accountable for it.”

Another church member said Krueger spoke to her in January this year about his desire to re-enter ministry at the church.

“He told me he’d done things that could affect his ministry,” she said. “He said there were things in his past he wasn’t proud of and he knew he’d done wrong.

“I thought it may have been something physical or doing something inappropriate with a young person but nothing specific was said.”

Krueger did not enter a plea to any of the charges.

He was committed to stand trial in the Hervey Bay District Court and was released on bail until his court date.


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Porn principal gets jail

RYAN MATHESON |  February 24th, 2012

A TOWNSVILLE school principal caught with more than 2500 child pornography images has been sent to jail.

Glenn David Dickson, 56, yesterday pleaded guilty to two counts of using a carriage service to access child pornographic material, two counts of using a carriage service to make the material available to the public and one count of possessing child exploitation material.

The father of three was supported by friends and family in the Supreme Court in Townsville yesterday, including long-time partner Milton Graham.

The court heard the Australian Federal Police Child Protection Operations Team seized a computer, laptop, hard drive and three USB drives in a raid of the couple’s home in Palmerston St, Gulliver, on August 25, 2010.

Officers found a total of 2618 images and 107 videos of children aged 4-10. Dickson was the principal at Belgian Gardens State School for 17 years until he was stood down by Education Queensland following the charges.

He had previously worked at Heatley State School and Home Hill State School. Dickson came to the AFP’s attention after a Dutch child exploitation website was shut down in November 2009. He was tracked down through an email address he used to gain access to the site.

Commonwealth prosecutor Aaron Guilfoyle said the offences warranted a jail term.”The prisoner didn’t merely browse the internet and stumble across this material by accident, he actively sought it out from other like-minded internet users.”

Defence barrister Harvey Walters said Dickson was already taking the steps towards rehabilitation, having completed a high-intensity sexual offenders treatment program.

Justice David North SC sentenced Dickson to two years’ jail, suspended after nine months, for the first four counts, and nine months for the final count.

The sentences will be served concurrently and carry a 15-month good behavior period.

Child porn accused may plead guilty

ROANNE JOHNSON |  December 16th, 2011

ALLEGED child-porn collecting school principal Glenn David Dickson is expected to plead guilty in the Townsville District Court next year.

The Belgian Gardens State School headmaster, who was stood down after being arrested and charged in August 2010, is now set to appear on February 16, 2012.

Court records confirm that the 55-year-old will be sentenced on that date for three child porn charges, after his defence lawyer this week requested the case go straight to sentencing in the higher jurisdiction on what is called an “ex officio” indictment.

It means that after more than 16 months on bail, Mr Dickson could now face the penalties for one Commonwealth charge of using a carriage service to access child pornographic material and two state charges of possessing child exploitation material, which can carry a maximum jail term of up to 15 years.

Since the defendant’s arrest in August 2010, the Commonwealth and state case has always been that his offending came to the attention of the Australian Federal Police after comments were posted on a Netherlands website called and traced to an IP address in Mr Dickson’s name.

Authorities claim the defendant was a member of the site from July 2007 to November 2009 (the date the site was seized and shut down) and was the principal at Belgian Gardens State School during that time. A subsequent search of his Gulliver home, in a joint operation with Queensland Police, allegedly found a computer and storage devices with the digital child pornographic images.

Mr Dickson, appointed as principal in 1983, was removed from the top job and placed on suspension by Education Queensland after his first court appearance.

The accused has been on bail in the community since that date under the conditions he reside at his Gulliver home, report to police once a week, surrender his passport to the AFP and not access the internet except for work or study.

The father-of-three has also subsequently been accused by federal police of being the only Queenslander caught out in the world’s biggest child porn operation for this alleged offending.

Child porn network exposed

NATHAN PAULL  |  March 18th, 2011

THE Australian Federal Police have released details about the world’s biggest child porn operation that resulted in the arrest of a Townsville school principal.

Belgian Gardens State School principal Glenn David Dickson, 55, was the only Queenslander caught up in Operation Rescue, which arrested 184 suspected paedophiles and helped 230 children suspected of being abused during the three-year investigation into an online network.

Mr Dickson was allegedly found to have more than 2000 digital child pornography images on his computer.

His alleged offences came to the attention of police after comments posted on a Dutch website called were traced back to an IP address in Mr Dickson’s name.

Federal police High Tech Crime Operations investigations manager, Commander Grant Edwards, said the federal police had removed four children from harmful situations and arrested 31 suspected offenders, including Mr Dickson, since 2007.

He said the Australian suspects were aged between 19 and 84 four of whom will be alleged to be senior members of the syndicate.

Commander Edwards said the suspects were from all walks of life, including scout leaders, lifesavers and teachers.

During the operation, the federal police worked with the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, New Zealand Police, Europol, the Zaanstreek-Waterland Police in the Netherlands and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

“With over 200 children removed from harm globally, we imagine an even larger number of children were safeguarded elsewhere in the world; however we will never know the total figure due to it being such a limitless crime,” Commander Edwards said.

“This demonstrates that global law enforcement is working together internationally to protect children wherever they may be in the world.”

The website Mr Dickson allegedly used to communicate with paedophiles was eventually shut down.

“At the end of the day, our goal is simple: child safety,” Commander Edwards said.

The covert investigators have since been able to track the website’s members to other sites where they continue to be monitored.

Mr Dickson will appear at the next Townsville District Court callover period on his charges.

Principal on child porn charges

ROANNE JOHNSON |  August 26th, 2010

A TOWNSVILLE principal has appeared in court after being stood down over allegations he had 2000 digital child abuse images at his home.

Education Queensland confirmed late yesterday primary school principal Glenn David Dickson. 54, was facing child porn offences and had been suspended, pending a police investigation.

“The principal at Belgian Gardens State School has been charged with possession of child exploitation material and using the internet to access child pornography,” Department of Education and Training acting director-general Dr Richard Eden said.

“The department has moved to immediately suspend the principal from duty and ensure he has no contact with his school or any students and staff.

“Police have advised that the man has not been charged with any offences relating to children at the school,” Dr Eden said.

Mr Dickson sat briefly in the dock of the Townsville Magistrates Court late in the afternoon, facing one Commonwealth charge of using a carriage service to access child pornographic material and two state charges of possessing child exploitation material.

Two years ago, Mr Dickson garnered international attention for banning children from performing cartwheels in the school playground.

The charges were laid by federal and state police officers who raided Mr Dickson’s residential address at Gulliver in a joint operation.

“The Australian Federal Police Child Protection Operations, with the assistance of the Queensland Police Service, executed a search warrant,” an AFP spokesperson said in a statement.

“A number of computers and storage devices were seized and an estimated 2000 child abuse images were found.”

Mr Dickson was allegedly under surveillance as part of Operation Duncan, run out of Robina on the Gold Coast, targeting Queensland online sex offenders.

He was charged under Commonwealth and state criminal codes for possessing child abuse material and just after noon was taken into custody at the Townsville watch house.

The maximum penalty for these offences is 15 years imprisonment.

Belgian Gardens State School deputy principal Jan Marley told the Townsville Bulletin the principal had been in his position until this week.

“The principal is on leave as far as I know,” Ms Marley said.

“I am acting principal because he is sick and he has been away a few times this week.”

Commonwealth prosecutor Aaron Guilfoyle handed up the three charges to magistrate Peter Smid but did not object to the principal’s release on bail.

“Bail is not opposed by Commonwealth prosecutions, but we are seeking five conditions,” Mr Guilfoyle said.

Those were that the defendant reside at his Gulliver home, report to Mundingburra police station once a week, surrender his passport to the AFP and not access the internet except for work or study.

Defence barrister Greg Lynham agreed his client would abide by the conditions for the next six weeks until his court date on October 11.


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