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Age:   38

Location:   Myers Flat, VIC

Offence:   Pleaded guilty to 12 charges, including five counts of using a carriage service to transmit child exploitation material.

Sentence:   Jailed for six years, with a minimum of three years and eight months. He will be on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

Other:   Found with more than 12,700 child abuse images and 64 child abuse videos on three mobile phones also posted explicit images of a woman online with her personal details and rape threats. He also operated a small-scale clandestine drug laboratory in Kangaroo Flat to aid in his methamphetamine trafficking. He used social media platforms Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Instagram and kik to transmit child abuse material.





Community service for tutor’s indecent assault


Jan. 30, 2015, 9 p.m.

A MUSIC tutor who visited a Newcastle high school to teach music where he indecently assaulted a 15-year-old girl has been ordered to serve 250 hours of community service.

James Campbell Overend, 28, of Wallsend, was sentenced in Newcastle Local Court on Friday, where the details of his lunch-time trysts with the teenager emerged.

Overend met the girl through another student at the school, where he worked on a contractual basis teaching guitar.

According to police facts tendered in court, the girl visited him during lunch time in the school’s music room for the first time in 2008 when she was in year 8, aged 14, and they kissed.

They kept in contact via social media and by other means, the court heard.

On later visits by the same student, the kissing progressed to ‘‘groping’’ and one instance of oral sex, the court heard.

Overend pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent assault on a person under the age of 16.

At the time of the offences, which occurred between 2009 and 2010, Overend was 22.

Magistrate Ian Cheetham  said that while he was not her teacher, it occurred on school premises, and there were multiple incidents.

He sentenced the man to a suspended jail term of 14 months and ordered him to perform 250 hours of community service.


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Jail for use of social media

Sept. 6, 2014, midnight

A SOUTH Albury man on the NSW Child Protection Register created an email address and personal Facebook page contrary to restrictions imposed on him and tried to hide them from police, a court was told yesterday.

Andrew Joseph Pollard was put on the register because of a sexual assault conviction in 2006.

He was released from custody in March on strict parole conditions.

Later Pollard, who has an intellectual disability, provided police with updated phone contact details and said he had no internet registration or social site information to disclose.

But his email address and Facebook page were created on May 6.

There were numerous discussions with an Albury detective between March 9 and July 5 and Pollard denied any internet usage.

Police became aware a page had been created by him with a Sydney address.

Officers spoke to him on July 5 and he denied using Facebook, but evidence was found on his mobile phones.

Pollard, 46, of Abercorn Street, pleaded guilty in Albury Local Court yesterday to a charge of failing to comply with reporting conditions.

Solicitor Joy Kirby said Pollard’s parole was revoked on July 25 and his earliest release date is now June 24, 2016.

Ms Kirby said his family lives in Queensland and he wanted to com-municate with them.

“There is no suggestion that he was using his Facebook inappropriately,” Ms Kirby said.

She said the regulations involved with being on the register are quite cumbersome and Pollard claimed that he did not fully understand them.

“The consequences of this breach are already being felt by him,” Ms Kirby said.

Magistrate Megan Greenwood said Pollard was required to notify police of any change with his circumstances.

“This was a situation where you just did not comply,” she said.

Ms Greenwood said Pollard has a poor criminal record with a number of serious sex offences.

She imposed a three-month jail term to expire on December 4.

ACTION bus driver made sexual gestures at school girls

August 13, 2014

Michael Inman

Courts reporter for The Canberra Times.

An ACTION bus driver who mimicked masturbation and oral sex in front school girls while driving them home has been fined and put on a bond.

The students reported Timon Skegg, 47, after his behaviour escalated to snapping photos of them on his mobile phone and contacting them on social media.

Skegg was sentenced on Wednesday to a one-year good behaviour order and fined $1400 for the offences.

Skegg pleaded guilty in the ACT Magistrates Court to four counts of committing acts of indecency.

Court documents said Skegg drove an afternoon school bus run through the northern suburbs in 2012 and 2013.

Four high school students reported he had acted inappropriately towards them over 18-months.

The girls said he regularly made sexual gestures towards them, including actions that mimicked masturbation and oral sex.

The documents said Skegg would daily tell one of the teens and a male student that they wanted to have sex with each other.

On another occasions, Skegg suggested he would like to have group sex with one of the students, her mother, and her sister.

He also told one teen he wanted to have “Skype sex” with her.

Skegg was initially charged with 11 counts of committing acts of indecency.

But a number were dropped after he agreed to plead guilty to four offences.

His defence lawyer, James Sabharwal, described his client’s behaviour as “silly”, “stupid”, and “dangerous”.

Mr Sabharwal said Skegg had already suffered punishment through suspension from his job, with termination expected to be imminent once court proceedings had been finalised.

The lawyer said Skegg had no criminal history, the offences had been low level, and his client planned to relocate to Tasmania.

Prosecutor Trent Hickey said the sexualisation of children was a very serious offence.

Mr Hickey said Skegg’s crimes had been aggravated as he had been in a position of trust at the time of the offences, and occurred over an extended period of time.

“Parents trusted children to his care,” Mr Hickey said.

The prosecutor said it had also been of concern that the offender had messaged the girls via social media, an escalation of the contact they had on the bus.

No charges flowed from the communication.

Magistrate Robert Cook sentenced Skegg to the behaviour order and imposed the fine as punishment.

In handing down the sentence, Mr Cook said bus drivers carried a lot of responsibility, particularly towards children they transport.

The magistrate said Skegg had not only broken the law, but also breached policies of his employer, ACTION, and should expect to be sacked.

Jarrod Turner

Posted: June 13, 2014 by Serendipity in Photo, South Australia
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Jarrod Turner - Photo.

Age: 25 (2014)
Location: Adelaide / S.A.
Offence: Pleaded guilty to three counts of unlawful sexual intercourse.
Sentence: TBA
Other: Turner befriended a 12 year old girl on Facebook & convinced her to go away with him. He picked up the girl from her home and took her to a farm, north of Adelaide.


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Location:  Gold Coast  /  QLD

Offence:  Pleaded guilty in the Southport District Court to two counts of using an electronic device to procure

a child under 16.

Sentence:  12-month suspended jail sentence.

Other:  Chatted with a undercover police officer believing that it was a 13-year-old schoolgirl on Yahoo Messenger

and asked her to perform a sexual act on herself.


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No jail for man seeking sex with 13yo

Updated Thu May 2, 2013 10:53am AEST

A Hobart man who sent sexually suggestive Facebook messages to a 13-year-old girl he befriended online has avoided jail.

The Supreme Court in Hobart heard Christopher Craig Banks befriended the girl on Facebook last September.

The pair exchanged more than 1,500 messages mainly through Facebook over the next two months.

The prosecution told the court Banks, 30, asked the girl for sex and “hot” photos and also offered to find her a younger boyfriend.

Banks pleaded guilty to communicating with intent to procure a person under 17 to engage in an unlawful sex act.

The court heard Banks has a psychotic illness and was charged after telling medical staff he had a teenage girlfriend.

Justice Peter Evans imposed a three month prison term, but suspended all of it.

Tasmania’s Sexual Assault Support Service says such cases are not uncommon.

Spokeswoman Liz Little says the case should serve as a warning of the dangers of social media.

She says while it is increasingly common, awareness is increasing and more offenders are being caught.

“All parents and all young people should be aware that these types of sexual predators are out there places in terms of places like Facebook,” she said.