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Woman ‘disgusted’ by Noreuil sex act

11 Jan 2011, 9:04 p.m.

A FORMER South Australian man who masturbated while a young woman was sunbathing just a short distance away at Albury’s Noreuil Park last year faces sentence in March on two charges.

Allen Brian Edwards appeared in Albury Local Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to disqualified driving and committing an act of indecency with a person over 16 years.

Magistrate Gordon Lerve said Edwards, 40, of Prune Street, Lavington, had been jailed previously for disqualified driving and a bond would possibly be imposed for the other matter.

But Mr Lerve said it was appropriate to get a pre-sentence report and adjourned sentencing until March 8.

The court was told the victim drove to Noreuil Park about 4.10pm on October 27 to picnic with friends and went to the south-western corner.

She set up a rug, had bathers under her clothing and took her T-shirt off.

Edwards arrived in a Ford sedan about 10 minutes later, got a cushion and rug from his back seat and went to the edge of the river about 15 metres from the woman.

He set up under a tree, next to shrubs and laid on his side facing the woman.

He put his hands down his pants and began masturbating while staring at her.

She contacted friends with a text message, did not say what was happening, but asked how long it would be before they arrived.

When she looked back, Edwards was on his back masturbating with his shorts around his knees.

He pulled his shorts up, but was still watching her and she felt uncomfortable so texted a male friend, who said he would be there in 10 minutes.

When he arrived, he parked next to Edwards’ vehicle and got the registration number on a piece of paper which he gave to the woman.

The woman looked back, Edwards had his penis out the top of his pants and she said: “Get your hands out of your pants. It is disgusting and dirty”.

Edwards stopped, the woman put her T-shirt back on and another male friend arrived.

The registration of his vehicle was checked again when he drove off about 5.20pm.

The woman attended the police station the following day and made a statement.

Police went to his residence on October 29 and he denied masturbating, but an orange pillow and blanket described by the woman were found in his car and Edwards declined to take part in an identification parade.


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SA man avoids jail for superimposing child’s face on adult pornography images

By court reporter Loukas Founten

Wed 22 Oct 2014, 8:48am

A South Australian man has avoided being sent to jail for altering pornography by superimposing the face of a child onto images of an adult body.

Brenton Edward Steer, 68, of Mount Gambier, pleaded guilty to aggravated charges of producing and possessing child pornography relating to images police found on his computer last October.

The District Court heard Steer had superimposed the face of a friend’s 12-year-old grandchild onto the bodies of adults in 90 pornographic images.

Steer offered no explanation for his actions.

Judge Julie McIntyre said it was an unusual case made more concerning because Steer had also superimposed his own face onto the bodies in some of the images.

“What is unusual about your images is that the sexual activity does not involve children, rather it involves adults,” Judge McIntyre said.

“The feature of concern is that you superimposed the face of a young child, the granddaughter of a former friend, on the female images and in some cases you have photoshopped your face on the male photograph.

“This demonstrates to my mind a disturbing sexual interest in children in general and in a particular child that you know.

“On the other hand, no child was actually abused in the making of the pornography. You did not share or disseminate the pornography and you did not encourage the spread of child pornography.”

Judge McIntyre sentenced Steer to 14 months in prison, with a seven-month non-parole period, however she suspended the sentence as she said Steer had entered an early plea and was remorseful for his behaviour.

Steer was placed on a good behaviour bond for 14 months and his computer was seized.


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Violent abductor and rapist jailed

Rebecca Brice

Updated Fri 15 May 2009, 4:30pm AEST

A South Australian man has been jailed for 17 years for violent offences against two women.

Frederick Bernard Walkuski, 57, was arrested when he crashed his car near Swan Reach in February last year after pushing his ex-girlfriend Donna Pridham from the car.

Judge Paul Rice said he had been trying to escape police after abducting Ms Pridham from Wynn Vale 40 hours earlier and holding her against her will.

“You followed her in her car and had someone else block her way at an intersection,” the judge said.

“Her six-year-old son was in the car. You swapped into your car and the child was left alone with strangers.”

The court heard it was the second time Walkuski had abducted Ms Pridham after the break-up of their five-year relationship, three months earlier.

Judge Rice said Walkuski broke into Ms Pridham’s house at Salisbury North in December 2007, handcuffed her and tied her to her bed.

The judge said he gagged the woman so she could not call out to her two children who were at home.

Suicide notes

Walkuski forced the victim into his car and drove around Yorke Peninsula for 12 hours, threatening to kill her.

“You had written suicide notes,” Judge Rice said.

“You invited her to choose her method of death – by medication, gas or blowing up the car to make it look like a double suicide or murder-suicide.”

The judge said Ms Pridham convinced Walkuski not to go through with his plan.

“I’ve no doubt that she believed she was going to die at your hands,” he said.

“She feared you would return and do the same thing. How right she was, as later events revealed.”

The 17-year jail sentence also took account of six rapes on another woman in 2001.

Judge Rice said police found a video in Walkuski’s house depicting sex acts against a sleeping or unconscious woman.

A non-parole term of 13 years was set.


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Child-sex case nurse went back to work


September 16, 2007 12:15am

A MALE nurse who was convicted – then retried and acquitted – of sexually assaulting a seven-year-old girl in a South Australian hospital has been jailed on child pornography charges in Western Australia.

The Sunday Mail  has also learned Eamon Albin Starrett, 46, is the subject of a current police investigation into the drugging and sexual assault of a six-year-old girl in a Perth hospital.

Starrett moved to Perth after he was acquitted of three sex offences in the South Australian District Court in September, 2002.

He had been convicted of the same three offences in the District Court three months earlier, but appealed to the Supreme Court and won a retrial.

Following his acquittal, the Nurses Board of South Australia wrote to its counterparts in all Australian states warning them of Starrett’s case.

Despite this warning, the Nurses Board of Western Australia was powerless to stop Starrett working at the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children.

Police are investigating allegations that in August 2004, a six-year-old girl who was a patient at PMH was indecently assaulted by Starrett. Tests also revealed the girl was given two drugs not prescribed by doctors at the hospital.

In September, 2004, Starrett was charged with two counts of possessing child pornography. He was convicted and last week was sentenced to 14 months’ jail with a seven-month non-parole period.

The jury in his trial was told Starrett had twice downloaded pornographic images of children at a Fremantle Internet cafe.

The mother of the young girl in the South Australian case has told the Sunday Mail  she was “quite happy” when she learnt that Starrett had been jailed in WA.

The woman, who asked to be identified only as Mrs Watts, said the experience with Starrett’s case had caused her to “lose faith in the judicial system”.

“I was ecstatic when he got found guilty the first time and absolutely devastated when he was found not guilty in the second trial,” she said.

“Evidence is evidence as far as I am concerned.” Mrs Watts said she was dumbfounded when she learnt Starrett had been allowed to resume nursing in Perth.

Her disbelief turned to anger when she learnt Starrett was under investigation over the alleged sexual assault of a six-year-old girl in circumstances identical to her daughter’s case.

“I felt like going there and telling them: `This is what happened before, you should have listened and you could have stopped this’,” she said. “You could have prevented it from happening again if you had just listened and taken the word of a seven-year-old girl’.

“Considering he got registration again and went back into the same type of work, yes, I am angry. He abused the trust that people put in him.”

Mrs Watts said it was “abundantly clear” the existing system needed to be changed to allow relevant authorities to use intelligence, rather than a conviction, to refuse an applicant registration.

“It’s very, very hard, I know, because he was acquitted the second time around,” she said.

“But I think a person’s character needs to come into consideration and when someone has been the subject of an investigation and trial such as this, then that does come into it.

“The fact they have been acquitted should not mean they get the green light to work around children again. History has now shown what type of character Starrett has.”

Nurses Board of WA chief executive officer Jennifer Prentice said she was “more than sympathetic” to the calls by Mrs Watts, but said the board’s “hands were tied”.

She said when Starrett applied for registration, the board had no evidence before it to deny his application and although it was unfortunate, the board “had no jurisdiction” to advise the PMH after it received the warning letter.

“We had absolutely no jurisdiction under the Act to be able to do that,” she said.

“We have to have specifics, not suspicions, to bring any action against a nurse or a midwife. If we had, we would have been operating outside of the Act and would have suffered the consequences.”

Once the board was notified of the police investigation into Starrett’s activities at the PMH, immediate restrictions were imposed on his work.

Ms Prentice said pending changes to legislation before the WA Parliament may give the board “more scope” to act in such cases in future.


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Suspended term over child porn videos

23 November 2010 | 06:17:09 PM | Source: AAP

A 62-year-old South Australian man was caught with more than 7500 child porn pictures and videos on a home computer after federal police were tipped off, a court has heard.

Geoffrey Alan Slater, from Goolwa, south of Adelaide, pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography and using a carriage service to access child pornography.

Imposing sentence in the SA District Court on Tuesday, Judge David Lovell said Slater had uploaded seven videos to a child porn internet site in September and November last year, drawing the attention of the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children who contacted federal police.

The judge said of all the material found on Slater’s computer, 28 images and five videos were in the most serious category.

The worst video featured a boy aged about 10 who had been tied up and was being raped by an adult.

Judge Lovell said Slater’s offending was serious.

“There is clearly an international market in child pornography and those who are a part of the market for this material share the responsibility for what is done to the children depicted,” he said.

“The courts have said on a number of occasions that the creation and dissemination of child pornography material is a serious social evil, and those who acquire and use such material must be held accountable for the part they play in the persistence of it.”

The judge jailed Slater for 18 months with a non-parole period of six months.

He suspended the sentence, placing the man on a three-year good behaviour bond.


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Police pose as girls to snare internet predator

July 7, 2011

A Victorian man engaged in sexually explicit internet chats with police officers posing as two teenage girls and arranged to meet them for sex, a court has heard.

Cameron Bruce Millard, 42, thought he was chatting to 13- and 14-year-old girls, and told them he wanted to have sex with them.

Millard arranged to meet them at suburban railway stations, but he did not show up for the meetings, prosecutor Robert Corr said.

During the conversations he asked the officers posing as girls about their breasts and masturbated in front of them on a webcam.

When one of them said she was a virgin, Millard replied: “Not for long”.

Millard was jailed in South Australia last year for inciting a child to perform an indecent act after an online conversation with a South Australian police officer posing as a girl.

That conversation took place around the same time as the Victorian one.

When Millard was paroled in South Australia after serving 10 months he was immediately re-arrested and extradited to Victoria.

Millard’s barrister Philip Skehan said his client had an intellectual disability and was effectively an “eight-year-old in a man’s body”.

He urged Judge Campton to place his client on a release order, which is similar to a suspended sentence.

Mr Corr said the fact that no child had suffered did not diminish the seriousness of the offending.

He said it was clear Millard knew what he was doing was illegal.

Millard, of Croydon, who pleaded guilty to two counts of using a carriage service to procure a child under 16 for sex, will be sentenced on August 5.

Man jailed for seducing girl, 13

  • From:AdelaideNow
  • September 28, 2010 6:09pm

A VICTORIAN man attempted to seduce a 13-year-old girl and travelled to Adelaide to meet her, but “chickened out”, a court has heard.

Cameron Bruce Millard, 41, of Melbourne pleaded guilty to one count of inciting an indecent act by a child.

In sentencing today, Judge Rosie Davey said Millard travelled to Adelaide but “chickened out” of meeting with the girl – actually an undercover police officer.

She said Millard had spoken with the intended victim using an internet chat program for about a month and planned the meeting as part of a trip to SA, where he also wanted to visit his infant son.

During those chats he performed indecent acts on himself and asked the intended victim do the same.

He also asked for a picture of the girl’s breasts.

On arrival in Adelaide he contacted the intended victim, but then made excuses to avoid the meeting.

Judge Davey said it was important to protect young people, particularly teenagers, using the internet.

“It is important that it is widely known in the community that the risk of being caught by police is very real,” Judge Davey said.

“It is important for the community to know that police officers are regularly conducting operations and engaging in chat room conversations.”

Judge Davey said Millard, a former Coles trolley collector, had an intellectual disability, but was aware what he was doing was wrong.

She said he was embarrassed and sorry for his actions.

Millard, who faced a maximum of 10 years in prison, was setenced to 7 months in custody. He has been in custody since his April arrest and will be eligible for release in a just over a month.

After his release, Millard plans to return to Victoria to care for his ill elderly mother.

Victorian tried to seduce ‘girl’ over internet

  • Sean Fewster, Court Reporter
  • From: AdelaideNow
  • August 13, 2010 2:16PM

A VICTORIAN man has admitted trying to seduce a South Australian girl for sex over the internet.

Cameron Bruce Millard, 41, of Croydon in Victoria, appeared in the Adelaide Magistrates Court today.

He pleaded guilty to one aggravated count of inciting an indecent act by a child.

Prosecutors had alleged that, beginning on March 15, Millard used the Yahoo Chat program to chat and exchange photos with a girl he thought was Claudia Williams, 13.

They said that, in April, he travelled to Adelaide to meet her.

That rendezvous never took place because “Claudia” was the alias of an undercover police officer.

Magistrate Maria Panagiotidis remanded Millard in custody to face the District Court next month.


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Man traded petrol for sex with girls

August 24, 2007 – 9:50AM

He caused a “silent sadness” and bitterness that devastated an isolated South Australian indigenous community.

Next week, Aboriginal elder Winkie Ingomar, 52, will be sentenced for five counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with three teenage girls he plied with petrol in exchange for sex.

Ingomar lived in a caravan parked in a bush camp about 200 metres from the main road near the small Yalata community, 1,000km north-west of Adelaide.

It was there the three girls, aged 13 and 14 when the abuse occurred, went inside the caravan one at a time to have sex or be touched by Ingomar during January and June last year.

The meetings only stopped when another elder overheard the girls talking and he reported Ingomar to police.

At first he denied the charges but last month he pleaded guilty before the South Australian Supreme Court sitting in Port Augusta.

In a community impact statement submitted to the court, Yalata representatives said the abuse had shaken them, caused many to go into denial and created a “silent sadness” that hung over them.

“We felt angry, sad and all we wanted to do was burn his home,” they said.

“The community was in shock and it tore our community apart.

“The place felt sad. Even the white members of the community felt like this.”

The sentencing of Ingomar means so much for the people of Yalata that the SA Department of Public Prosecutions has granted a special request for a video link from the court to the isolated community.

They will be able to watch the proceedings as Ingomar is sentenced. Another link will be set up in Adelaide.

According to a pre-sentence report, Ingomar is an unqualified mechanic, who was brought up in a traditional way which gave him a purpose and direction early in life.

He attended school in Coober Pedy and later worked on nearby farms as a station hand before moving to Yalata.

He is now separated from his wife and three children.

Ingomar has no previous record of sexual offences but has been convicted of 18 violent crimes and spent three years in jail from 1996 to 1999.

He said he lived in a caravan because he liked to move from place to place “to avoid trouble such as the noise of other people”.

In an interview with a court social worker, he did not talk about the abuse of the girls but said he was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he had sex with them.

The reports also said he knew the girls would sniff the petrol he gave them.

The only remorse he showed, the social worker noted, was of the pain and suffering that had been caused on himself and the community by the media attention of the case.

He said he had trouble sleeping because of the interest.

Yalata representatives have said they felt compelled to speak out against the abuse of the girls so other children could be spared the trauma.

They said the girls were terrified, shaken and in tears when they told them of the meetings with Ingomar and what he did to them inside the caravan.

“The girls were frightened to the extent that (they were) too afraid to look at men,” a community statement said.

“Because he had traumatised our girls we became transients and had to leave the community because of his actions.”

A mother of one of the victims told the court she had developed a drinking habit as a way to quell the anger and sadness she felt, but not even the alcohol could help.

One of the 13-year-old girls said she had to leave because there were too many memories.

“I was too scared to stay at Yalata, even with my own family,” she said.

“I would shake and I stopped eating properly and got sick.

“Mum didn’t want me to leave but she knew I needed to leave so my spirit could heal.”

The girl said she didn’t want to have a boyfriend and was afraid of men – a feeling all three victims shared.

“I feel like I am hiding away inside myself,” she said.

“I am hiding away from people and I don’t like to talk to people like I used to.

“I feel shame over what Winkie did to me.”

Another victim, aged 14, described the abuse to the court as “like watching a horror movie”, saying she felt scared he would come after her and was sometimes too frightened to sleep at night.

“I am frightened he will ask me to go with him, I am worried, I would be too scared to say no to him,” the girl said.

“When I look at him I see him like a devil sitting there.”

The 300 residents of Yalata say they now want to stand together as a family, as a whole community to fight child sexual abuse and hopefully see the end of what has been a traumatic experience.

“It doesn’t matter what colour you are or who you know, abuse can happen,” they said.

“We live in a multicultural society and abuse can happen.”


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