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UPDATE: OCTOBER 2014

Hansen has pleaded guilty to three charges in Brisbane District Court.

He admitted sending obscene pictures of himself to Sweetie, having images of child sexual abuse on his computer and failing to comply with a sex offenders order.

He was sentenced to two years in prison, but is not expected to go to jail because of the eight months he has already been in detention.

He will be subject to a 12-month correction order and was ordered to undertake a sex offender treatment programme.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/08/18/2986568.htm

Serial flasher jailed for 18 months

By Francene Norton

Posted Wed Aug 18, 2010 3:00pm AEST

A serial flasher has been jailed in Brisbane for six months for exposing himself to children and accessing child pornography.

Scott Robert Hansen, 33, pleaded guilty in the Brisbane District Court to four charges of indecent treatment of a child and two child pornography charges.

In May last year, three children were walking home from school through bushland at Canungra when a naked Hansen grabbed the youngest from behind.

He ran away when the eldest child swung his scooter at Hansen.

Police later went to Hansen’s home and found 20,000 explicit images and movies.

The court heard he had a history of exposing himself to children.

Judge Julie Dick told Hansen his behaviour was disturbing but he was remorseful and cooperated with police.

She sentenced Hansen to 18 months’ jail to be suspended after six months, with a three-year good behaviour bond.

 

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Boy, 12, uses scooter to fen off naked serial child flasher who tried to grab his sister

  • Tony Keim
  • The Courier-Mail
  • August 18, 2010 1:03PM

A 12-YEAR-old boy “bravely” fended off a naked serial child flasher who tried to grab his young sister by taking a swipe at him with his scooter, a court has been told.

The Brisbane District Court was told a naked Scott Robert Hansen, who has a history of flashing school kids, tried to grab an eight-year-old girl as she was walking home from school with two siblings at Kallangur, on Brisbane’s northside, in May last year.

The court was told Hansen committed the offence while on bail for using the internet to download child pornography and was found with more than 20,000 explicit images and movies stored on his personal computer and compact discs after a police raid on his home in June 2008.

Hansen, 33, was today jailed for 18-months, to be after serving after six months in prison, after pleading guilty to Federal offences of possessing child pornography and using a carriage service, the internet, to access child exploitation material.
He also received a six-month prison term after pleading guilty to four Queensland offences of indecent treatment of child — three against children under 12 and one under 16-years.

State prosecutor Rob Glenday said Hansen was convicted for wilful exposure in 1995 for repeatedly flashing, by standing naked in front of a full lengthy window, at school buses full of young girls.

He said in 1999 Hansen was again convicted for repeatedly flashing girls aged 11 to 13.

“(Hansen at the time) said it was an impulse he couldn’t control and when he did it he felt good for the rest of the day,” he said.

Mr Glenday said about 3.30pm on May 29 last year a naked Hansen charged three siblings, sisters aged 8 and 9 and their brother 12, as they walked home along a bush track.

“(Hansen) was running toward the eight-year-old child … (and was) completely naked,” he said.

“He put his hand over her mouth … and touched her leg.”

The court was told Hansen fled when the girl’s brother charged at him with his “scooter and swings at him.”

Judge Julie Dick, after hearing of the boy’s actions, said: “That was very brave of him.”

Mr Glenday said it was clear Hansen’s offending toward young children was “escalating” and “and as time goes by is getting more serious.”

Federal prosecutor Kila Pedder said police from Queensland’s Taskforce Argos raided Hansen’s house in June 2008 and found 373 images of child pornography on his laptop computer and 20,000 offences images and movies on 15 of 119 CDs.

He said Hansen told police he collected the pornography over a two-year period.

Barrister Liz Wilson, for Hansen, said her client, who suffers a mild form of autism, had been unable to afford on-going psychological treatment because he lost his job in the wake of his arrest.

Judge Dick, in sentencing Hansen, said: “Your behaviour, to put it mildly, is disturbing.”

“These are very prevalent offences … (and) there is a need to protect children.”

 

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Former Liberal advisor Russell John Grenning jailed for 12-months for child porn

  • Tony Keim
  • From: The Courier-Mail
  • August 29, 2011 1:54PM

A HIGH-profile former advisor to Queensland Liberal senator Sue Boyce has been jailed for 12-months for possessing almost 4400 child pornography movies or images.

The Brisbane District Court was today told former journalist and veteran media spin-doctor Russell John Grenning was found in possession of 4297 images and 99 movies of child pornography when police seized his home computer on July 15 last year.

Prosecutors said Grenning regularly viewed the pictures and movies – which were of the “worst category” imaginable – and that he swapped emails with “like-minded” people drawn to same type of offensive child exploitation material.

Grenning, now aged 62, is a well-known former journalist, Queensland Law Society media advisor, press secretary to the late Bjelke-Petersen government minister Russ Hinze and former National Party police minister and premier Russell Cooper.

At the time of his arrest Grenning, then aged 60, was employed as an advisor to Senator Boyce, but resigned within a week of his alleged offending being made public.

Grenning was jailed for a year, suspended after serving three months in actual custody, when he pleaded guilty in the Brisbane District Court to one count of possessing child exploitation material.

Lawyers for Grenning tendered a number of personal references to attest to his “otherwise good character”, including one from a ”notable jurist” understood to be former Justice of the High Court of Australia Michael Kirby.

Prosecutor Vicki Loury said police from anti-child abuse unit Taskforce Argus seized Grenning’s computer when they searched his Wooloowin home, on Brisbane’s northside.

Ms Loury said investigators found the child pornography images and videos stored on the computer and were able to establish that Grenning viewed the material regularly, including on the same day he was arrested.

“Mr Grenning regularly viewed the material, including the morning (police searched his home),” she said.

Barrister Scott Lynch, for Grenning, said his client had suffered enormous shame and had been subjected to public humiliation once the reason for Grenning’s arrest was made public via print media reports.

“(Grenning has) completely broken down as a result of shame and self-loathing,” Mr Lynch said.

“This is the final drawing of the curtains on (Grenning’s) esteemed career.”

Mr Lynch said Grenning was suffering significant health problems, such a diabetes and depression, and was likely to “do it tougher than most prisoners” while incarcerated.

Judge Michael Shanahan, in sentencing, said many of the pornographic images Grennning possessed were of boys ranging in age from a young as a baby and up to the age six.

He said the material fell into the worst category of offensive material, including adult sexual penetration of children and which involved “sadism and humiliation”.

“The (child pornography Grenning possessed) fall into the worst category,” Judge Shanahan said.

Grenning is likely to released from custody in late November.

 

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/lib-aide-on-child-porn-charges/story-fn59niix-1225895834577

Lib aide on child porn charges

  • Tony Koch
  • From: The Australian
  • July 23, 2010 12:00AM

AN adviser to Liberal senator Sue Boyce, who slammed a mooted web filter to protect against exploitation, has been arrested on child porn charges.

Russell John Grenning, 59, is a journalist, political operative and former press secretary to Bjelke-Petersen government minister Russ Hinze and former National Party police minister and premier Russell Cooper. Mr Grenning appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court on July 16, charged with possessing child exploitation material including computer-generated images and videos. He was remanded until next Friday.

Mr Grenning told The Australian yesterday he was on sick leave from Senator Boyce’s office, and requested his privacy be respected.

A spokesman for Senator Boyce said she was in hospital recuperating from a heart condition and was expected to be back at work soon.

“Nobody in this office has any knowledge of the matters referred to regarding Mr Grenning,” the spokesman said.

“We have not been told anything about any child pornography charges. He left here three weeks ago and we have not heard from him, and as far as we know, he is on leave.”

The last press release on Senator Boyce’s website written by Mr Grenning is dated April 30 and quotes her as “slamming the Rudd government’s proposals to censor the internet”.

The release quotes Senator Boyce as saying: “It is ridiculous to try and assert, as Minister (Stephen) Conroy does at every available opportunity that his proposed internet filter will protect us all against child pornography and other disgusting and depraved websites. He knows, as everybody else knows, it simply won’t work.”

 

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Bradley John Garget-Bennett

Posted: November 2, 2012 by Serendipity in Location, Queensland
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Man jailed for collection of child pornography will be free in weeks after having sentence halved on appeal

  • by: Mark Oberhardt
  • From: The Courier-Mail
  • August 31, 2010 10:56AM

A MAN caught with more than 44,000 child pornography photographs and videos will be released within weeks after his actual jail time was halved on appeal today.

Bradley John Garget-Bennett’s sentence was cut from 3½ years to serve 21 months, to 2½ years to be suspended after 10 months.

The appeal result could see changes to the way in which internet child sex offenders are charged.

In the District Court at Southport last November, Bradley John Garget-Bennett, 32, pleaded guilty to a Commonwealth charge of using a carriage service to access child exploitation material between March 1, 2005 and September 14, 2008.

He also pleaded guilty to a charge under state law of possessing child exploitation material on September 13, 2008.

Gargett-Bennett was jailed for 3½ years, to effectively serve 21 months before being released.

The court heard Taskforce Argos police officers received information from Interpol about various websites and identified Garget-Bennett as having accessed hardcore child sex material.

One website depicted a series of images of a young girl under the age of four being raped by an adult male while a second set of images showed children aged about seven years engaged in various sex acts with an adult male.

The court heard Gargett-Bennett had used his credit card to subscribe to the site.

On September 13, 2008, police raided Garget-Bennett’s home and took his computer.

It revealed a total of 44,197 images with 40,848 in the least serious classification ranging up to two in the most serious group.

There were also 89 video files of which with five were in the most serious classification.

The court heard Garget-Bennett, who admitted a long term fascination with child exploitation material, was undergoing therapy.

Garget-Bennett appealed on the grounds the sentence was manifestly excessive and that the judge had wrongly decided he had to serve 60 to 66 percent of his sentence before being eligible for release.

In a 2-1 majority judgment, in which Justice George Fryberg dissented in part, the Court of Appeal upheld the appeal.

It set aside the sentence and imposed 2½ years jail, suspended after 10 months, on the state charge and a concurrent 12 months sentence suspended after 10 months on the Commonwealth charge.

In a joint judgment, Justice Cate Holmes and Justice Peter Applegarth said one of the difficulties with the sentence was the uncertainty of precisely what Garget-Bennett was being sentenced for in relation to the Commonwealth charge.

“The inevitable inference is that the judge either proceeded to sentence on the wrong basis or imposed a sentence which was manifestly excessive for a single offence of using the internet to access child pornography,” they wrote.

The judges also found after accessing other cases the sentence for the state offence was also excessive.

However, Justice Fryberg said it was notorious the internet had changed child pornography from a cottage industry to a multi-national business.

Justice Fryberg said those who accessed it contributed to a massive increase in the amount of child abuse.

After taking into account the mitigating factors he would have effectively reduced to sentence to three years and one day with a non parole period of 10 months.

 

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Sentence for possession of child pornography reduced

Jason Rawlins

Posted Tue Aug 31, 2010 12:52pm AEST

A man from Queensland’s Gold Coast who was convicted of possessing child pornography has won an appeal for a reduced sentence.

Bradley John Garget-Bennett, 32, pleaded guilty in the District Court at Southport in November last year to using a carriage service to access child pornography and possessing child pornography.

He was arrested by police from the anti child abuse unit Taskforce Argos after a tip off from Interpol.

Garget-Bennett’s offending was uncovered after he accessed a website containing hard core child pornography.

Garget-Bennett was sentenced to three-and-a-half years’ imprisonment with a non parole period of 21 months.

But the Queensland Court of Appeal today reduced that sentence to two-and-a-half years to be suspended after six months after finding the original sentence was manifestly excessive.

 

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Bradley Thomas Furse

Posted: November 1, 2012 by Serendipity in Queensland, Suspended Sentence
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‘Morbid curiosity’ with child porn led man to download 4000 images; no jail time

  • By Nathan Paull
  • From: Townsville Bulletin
  • June 03, 2011 10:35AM

A MAN who was busted by an online police operation with more than 4000 child pornography images on his computer escaped time in prison yesterday.

Bradley Thomas Furse, 23, yesterday pleaded guilty in Townsville District Court to 31 counts of using a carriage service to access child pornography and one count of possessing child exploitation material.

The court heard police found 4018 images and videos of child pornography on Furse’s computer after a tip-off from Taskforce Argos, a police squad targeting child pornography offenders and online child groomers, The Townsville Bulletin said.

However, when the court heard 1776 images were anime or cartoon depictions of child pornography, Judge John McGill SC stood the matter down for several hours so it could be determined whether the cartoons were illegal.

After the adjournment and legal debate, Judge McGill determined the cartoons were applicable for the first 31 charges, which were Commonwealth offences, but not for the state offence of possessing child exploitation material.

Furse’s defence barrister Vivianna Keegan argued that because almost half the images where cartoons or anime, her client should not go to prison.

However, Crown prosecutor Clare Kelsey submitted Furse should be required to serve actual time given some of the material showed children as young as five being sexually exploited.

Some of the material was deemed so vulgar it was not read out in court and one of the videos seized was classed in the most serious category.

Ms Keegan told the court Furse was an introvert who spent most of his time on his computer, and only downloaded the child pornography out of “morbid curiosity”.

Judge McGill said given Furse was young, had no criminal history and his offending was not “the most serious” example of the charges he has seen, Furse did not have to serve imprisonment.

He sentenced Furse to 12 months’ jail, to be suspended for two years.

He was also required to enter into a good behaviour bond for two years.

Furse will have to report for the next eight years under child protection legislation.

The computer which contained the child pornography was forfeited to the Crown.

 

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Posted: November 1, 2012 by Serendipity in Location, Queensland
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Jail looms for child porn offender

Rae Wilson | 11th October 2011

A JUDGE will decide tomorrow whether a man with about 40,000 child pornography images and uploaded some on questionable websites will spend time in jail.

Robert Max Fuhrmann, 37, pleaded guilty in Maroochydore District Court yesterday to distributing and possessing child pornography.

Taskforce Argos investigators, who deal with child porn and child groomers, began a covert operation last year into a website with image board photos and categories such as girl, boy and jailbait.

Those categories had dozens of pages of message threads with requests for similar images and comments on images.

“The content of the site was found to be almost entirely oriented towards pictures of children modelling or erotica,” a statement of facts tendered to the court read.

“Each thread would then contain images and comments, in many cases well in excess of 100 images and several hundred comments.”

Investigators secured the IP addresses of people who had posted on the website and tracked down Fuhrmann at Little Mountain.

He had paid subscriptions to use media storage sites to upload child porn images and would then inform internet group users where they could download images.

The theme of the images was young girls, aged nine to 13, modelling child and adult underwear in extremely low resolutions.

Fuhrmann told police he had developed “a bad habit”.

Crown prosecutor Lily Brisick said Fuhrmann had labelled folders by children and had them in an incremental series from children in various poses through to child exploitation material.

Ms Brisick said distributing child pornography was more serious than possessing it and asked for two to two and a half years’ jail.

Defence barrister David James argued his client had addressed an alcohol problem which led to the offending and had been rehabilitated.

Mr James said his client was doing night work and it was “the loneliness of being the only person home during the daylight hours”.

Mr James said his client was the bread winner and his family would suffer if he were jailed.

 

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Posted: October 28, 2012 by Serendipity in Location, Queensland
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Former bus driver’s actions were ‘depraved’

November 21, 2011

A former bus driver’s use of sexually explicit language to “groom” children as young as 11 over the internet has been described as heinous by a judge.

Phillip Mark Douglas,46, pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton District Court to five counts of using a carriage service to groom someone under the age of 16, one count of transmitting child pornography and one count of sexual assault.

Judge Gregory Koppenol, in handing down sentences for the crimes, described the offences as very serious.

“The conversations were explicit. I regard your actions as depraved. I think you humiliated and embarrassed these young girls and, in some instances, continued your sexual conversations with them for your own sexual gratification. Offences involving child pornography are heinous offences which are rightly condemned by the community,” he said.

Douglas was sentenced to three years in prison.

 

http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/story/2011/11/21/man-lures-girls-on-internet/

‘Depraved’ man groomed children

21st November 2011

SEXUALLY explicit language used to lure children as young as 11 over the internet by a 46-year-old former bus driver was described as heinous by a judge on Friday.

Phillip Mark Douglas pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton District Court to five counts of using a carriage service to groom someone under the age of 16, one count of transmitting child pornography and one count of sexual assault.

Judge Gregory Koppenol, in handing down sentences for the crimes, described the offences as very serious.

“The conversations were explicit,” he said.

“I regard your actions as depraved. I think you humiliated and embarrassed these young girls and, in some instances, continued your sexual conversations with them for your own sexual gratification.

“Offences involving child pornography are heinous offences which are rightly condemned by the community.”

Crown Prosecutor Dearne Galbraith told the court Taskforce Argos, the Queensland-based police squad that deal with child pornography and child groomers, monitored Mr Douglas’ computer usage between April 28, 2009 and May 11, 2009, during which time the taskforce contacted him using a pseudonym.

She said after Douglas transmitted 11 category one images, police executed a search warrant and found, on Douglas’ computer, chat conversations with five girls, one which had identified as living in the Netherlands.

“We can’t suggest it was definitely a child,” Ms Galbraith said.

“It certainly wasn’t a Queensland covert officer.”

Three of the chatters claimed they were 11 years old, one claimed they were 12 and the other claimed she was 15.

She said this case was different to other child grooming cases in that usually one child was groomed by an offender over a long period of time.

“Most chats with the girls were two or three chats over a period of 20 months, and totalling some six and a half hours,” Ms Galbraith said.

Defence Barrister Jeff Clarke said his client was close to his sister and mother, but not his brothers, and that he suffered significant social isolation.

“He’s never had a significant relationship with a member of the opposite sex,” he said.

Douglas received three-year prison-term sentences, with parole eligibility after 12 months, for six of the offences and 12 months for the other offence.

He will also be subject to a three-year good behaviour term and two years probation, once released from jail.

Douglas will serve his sentences concurrently.

 

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Bus driver on child porn charges

Melinda Siegmeier | 24th June 2009

A YEPPOON bus driver was yesterday stripped of his blue card and banned from going near children after police charged him with a string of child pornography offences.

Phillip Mark Douglas, 44, is also accused of grooming children for sex over the internet and engaging them in “highly sexualised chat”.

He was granted bail in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday after police arrested and charged him on Monday.

Douglas is charged with possessing child exploitation material and three counts of using a carriage service to access child pornography.

Police said more charges may be laid, as a thorough search of his computer was still to be completed.

His arrest was part of police task force Argos, a major state investigation into the possession and distribution of child exploitation images.

Police seized Douglas’s computer on June 16 – the same day a 34-year-old Brisbane man, who was arrested through Argos, received a five-year prison sentence, the highest in Australia for using the internet to procure children.

Police prosecutor Constable Darryl Cox told the court Douglas was heavily involved in websites that distributed the sexually explicit material.

He also said he had several online identities and if he was granted bail, police fear his offending might escalate to physical contact with children.

“He has been grooming children as young as 11 online and engaged them in highly sexualised chat,” Constable Cox said yesterday during his bail objection.

“Given his preference for young girls he may move on to physical contact.”

Constable Cox said police feared that if let back into society, Douglas would try to destroy evidence which may lead to more charges.

Duty solicitor Anthony De Fraine yesterday said Douglas was a low risk of reoffending and should be granted bail because it may take months before the matter was brought back before the courts.

Mr De Fraine said Douglas worked as a bus driver for a number of years until May, 2008.

“He has strong ties to the community and isn’t a flight risk,” he said.

Douglas has no prior criminal history and was not required to enter a plea yesterday.

Magistrate John McGrath granted him bail with strict conditions.

Douglas must report to Yeppoon police station three days a week, not use the internet, not have any direct or intentional contact with children under 16 years and not enter or approach an airport.

The matter will now be dealt with by the Commonwealth Department of Public Prosecutions and has been adjourned to July 22.

Douglas’s computer could take up to six months to be fully examined.


 

UPDATED: MARCH 2015

Dobbs could soon be eligible for parole. Judge Kerry O’Brien, who gave Dobbs life and indefinite sentences in 2003, says he no longer believes he poses a danger to the community & lifted the indefinite sentences after reading reports from a psychologist and psychiatrist. If Dobbs was granted parole, he would be subject to strict conditions.

 

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Australia’s worst pedophile Geoffrey Robert Dodds ‘responds to treatment’

  • Tony Keim
  • The Courier-Mail
  • April 19, 2013 2:41PM

THE man dubbed Australia’s worst pedophile is showing “positive and promising” signs that will make him fit for release, a court has been told.

The Brisbane District Court was told Geoffrey Robert Dobbs – who was sentenced to two indefinite jail terms a decade ago – was responding “impressively” to psychological treatment in jail and was now only a moderate risk of re-offending.

Dobbs, 58, was in court on Friday for the third periodic review of his sentence for molesting numerous young girls over a more than three decade period.

Dobbs was given the never-to-be-released prison terms on July 24, 2003, for abusing 62 girls aged between one and 15.

A former Brisbane Boys’ Brigade leader and Sunday school teacher, Dobbs pleaded guilty in 2002 to 115 sex offences.

The offences were committed from 1972, when Dobbs was 18, to 1999 when he was 45.

His almost 30-year campaign of sexual abuse ended when he was arrested after taking a video camera with a jammed cassette to a repair shop where a technician noticed it contained footage of Dobbs having sex with a girl.

Police investigators have long maintained many other girls were abused by Dobbs, but had never come forward.

Prosecutors on Friday told the court Dobbs remained a danger to the community and that the indefinite term should remain in place.

Barrister Rob East, for Dobbs, said his client had been responding well to treatment, but should remain in jail for now so that treatment could continue.

Psychiatrist Professor Joan Lawrence testified she was impressed by Dobbs’ response to treatment and that he was currently only a moderate risk of re-offending if released from jail.

“(Dobbs’s) sexual drive and the deviance (of pedophilia) … is likely to be life-long,” she said.

“But, with increasing age there will atrophy (or a decline) … of (his) libido and (sex) drive.

“He will need some supervision if he were to be released.”

Judge Kerry O’Brien, who originally sentenced Dobbs, ordered the indefinite sentence be maintained until further review.

Dobbs sat quietly in the dock of Court 25 during the hearing and later chatted happily with his parents, who sat behind him in the public gallery, during a 20-minute adjournment.

The mothers of two of Dobbs’ victims were also in court and were thrilled when told the indefinite sentence would continue.

 

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Pedophile Geoffrey Robert Dobbs to stay behind bars after sentence review

  • Tony Keim
  • From: The Courier-Mail
  • August 12, 2011 11:47AM

THE man dubbed Australia’s worst pedophile was too high a risk of reoffending if released and should remain bars indefinitely, a court was told.

Geoffrey Robert Dobbs, 57, was in the Brisbane District Court for the second required periodic review of this sentence for molesting numerous children over more than three decades eight years ago.

Dobbs was given the never-to-be-released prison term on July 24, 2003, for abusing 62 girls aged between one and 15 over a period of 30 years.

Dobbs, a former Brisbane Boys’ Brigade leader and Sunday school teacher, pleaded guilty in 2002 to 115 sex offences.

The offences were committed from 1972, when Dobbs was 18, to 1999 when he was 45.

The charges included maintaining a sexual relationship with a child aged under 16 years and recording a visual image of a child.

Dobbs’s almost 30-year campaign of sexual abuse ended when he was arrested after taking a video camera with a jammed cassette to a repair shop where a technician noticed it contained footage of Dobbs having sex with a girl.

Prosecutor Todd Fuller today argued Dobbs’ indefinite sentence remain on the grounds he still posed a high risk of sexually abusing children if released.

The court was told a psychiatric assessment of Dobbs found the convicted pedophile could not even be trusted to be in the possession of photographs of children or have unauthorised access to the internet without the real risk of using them for self-gratification purposes.

Judge Kerry O’Brien, who originally sentenced Dobbs, agreed with the prosecution and ordered the indefinite sentence be maintained until further review, within the two-year statutory period required by law, on December 5 next year.

Dobbs sat sedately in the dock of Brisbane District Court No.18 as Judge O’Brien informed him his chances of ever being released continued to be somewhat dim.

The Courier-Mail in November revealed lawyers for Dobbs requested a delay in today’s proceedings to allow the pedophile complete a sexual offenders course.

Detectives from Queensland’s child sex investigation squad Taskforce Argos, at the time of his sentencing, said they believed Dobbs may have abused more than 300 girls.

At the last review of Dobbs’ sentence, in December 2008, Judge O’Brien ordered the sentence be continued after the Crown successfully argued that Dobbs would reoffend if released.

Prosecutor Sal Vasta told the hearing: “The primary reason this man was given an indefinite sentence is that he is a serious danger to the community of Queensland.”

 

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Notorious pedophile Geoffrey Robert Dobbs’ indefinite jail term reviewed

  • Tony Keim
  • From: The Courier-Mail
  • November 27, 2010 12:01AM

THE man dubbed Australia’s worst pedophile fronted a Brisbane court yesterday to begin a review of his indefinite jail sentence and consider his future possible release.

Geoffrey Robert Dobbs, wearing a royal blue polo shirt, brown slacks and with tightly cropped hair, feverishly took notes in the dock of Brisbane District Court No.18 as lawyers began the annual review of the indefinite sentence imposed on him more than seven years ago.

Dobbs, 55, was given the never-to-be-released prison term, with a minimum of life behind bars, on July 24, 2003, for abusing 62 girls aged between one and 15 over a period of 30 years.

Barrister Rob East, for Dobbs, said his client was expected to complete a sexual offenders course early next month and that an “exit report”, which reviews his performance during the program, would take up to four weeks to complete.

Mr East said the report should then be passed to the psychiatrist preparing the report for the court’s review of Dobbs’ sentence.

Prosecutor Todd Fuller said it was appropriate the review of Dobbs’ sentence – as part of a legal statutory requirement – be adjourned until the psychiatric report had been prepared.

Judge Kerry O’Brien, who originally sentenced Dobbs, said the fact the matter was mentioned yesterday meant the review had commenced and complied with the requirements it commence before the December 5 deadline.

He adjourned the review to a date to be fixed, but listed the case for further mention on February 18.

Detectives from Queensland’s child sex investigation squad Taskforce Argos, at the time of his sentencing, said they believed Dobbs may have abused more than 300 girls.

At the last review of Dobbs’ sentence, in December 2008, Judge O’Brien ordered the sentence be continued after the Crown successfully argued that Dobbs would reoffend if released.

Prosecutor Sal Vasta told the hearing: “The primary reason this man was given an indefinite sentence is that he is a serious danger to the community of Queensland.”

In November 2002 Dobbs, a former Brisbane Boys Brigade leader and Sunday school teacher, pleaded guilty to 116 child sex offences, including unlawful carnal knowledge, recording indecent visual images and maintaining a sexual relationship with a child.

The offences were committed from 1972, when Dobbs was 18, to 1999, when he was 45.

Dobbs’ three decades of relentless child abuse ended after he took a video camera with a jammed cassette to a repair shop and a technician noticed it contained footage of Dobbs having sex with a girl.

 

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Pedophile Geoffrey Dobbs seeks end to indefinite jail

Article from: The Courier-Mail

Mark Oberhardt

August 16, 2008 12:00am

A MAN who has been described as Australia’s worst pedophile, Geoffrey Robert Dobbs, wants to have his indefinite jail sentence set aside.

And he wants  to be given access to sexual offenders’ courses.

Dobbs’ lawyers made the bid in the Brisbane District Court  at the beginning of a two-yearly review of the indefinite sentence imposed on him for offences against 62 complainants five years ago.

He was not sentenced under Queensland’s Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003 but under the previous indefinite sentence regime, which was introduced in 1997.

It means Dobbs can be held indefinitely in jail until he is no longer considered a danger to the community.

If psychiatrists deem he is no longer a risk, his sentence reverts to a nominal sentence imposed by the judge, in Dobbs’ case life in jail.

Dobbs would then be able to apply for parole after 15 years – with time served on remand taken into account, that would be in September 2015.

He has argued he should be eligible for sexual offenders’ courses but authorities believe he should be doing them closer to his release date, if that ever eventuates.

Dobbs has been examined by psychiatrists for the indefinite sentence review but the Crown will dispute at least one of the reports.

In the District Court yesterday, prosecutor Sal Vasta said he would be filing a notice of dispute which would involve cross-examining the psychiatrist who compiled the report.

Judge Kerry O’Brien adjourned the hearing to December 5 to allow both sides to prepare.

In November 2002, Dobbs, then aged 48, pleaded guilty to 116 charges involving 62 complainants aged one to 15 years.

The offences were committed from 1972, when Dobbs was 18, to 1999 when he was 45. The charges included maintaining a sexual relationship with a child aged under 16 years and recording a visual image of a child.

Dobbs used many guises to mask his lust – family man, churchgoer, Sunday-school teacher, gymnastics instructor, youth worker and charity bus driver.

He was finally caught after he moved from Queensland to Melbourne in 1998.

In September 1999 he took a video camera with a jammed cassette to a repair shop where a technician noticed it contained footage of Dobbs having sex with a girl.

Dobbs was arrested and made a phone call to Brisbane while in custody in Victoria. He told the girl he was sorry for what he had done, but her mother listened in on a phone extension and told police.

 

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