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Australians in global child sex ring

Jeff Turnbull

March 17, 2011 – 7:39PM

Seventeen of the 31 Australians involved in a worldwide pedophile ring have already been sentenced to terms ranging from eight years’ jail to 150 hours of community service.

So far, 184 people have been arrested and 230 children – four of them Australians – rescued from members of the Netherlands-based website

A 25-year-old Sydney man from Eastwood was sentenced to eight years in 2010 on multiple charges including three counts of having sex with a child, while Victorian Bryan Cooper is serving seven years for procuring boys for sex.

A judge described Cooper’s crimes as “sheer filth” when sentencing him last month.

Cooper, 25, from Maryborough, assumed the online alias of a 14-year-old to groom children for sex.

Sydney man David Anthony Hudson, 40, from Russell Lea, was jailed for his role in an international child sex tourism ring and is spending a minimum five years and seven months in jail for offences against a Thai teenager.

George Iliakis, a former teacher from exclusive Brighton Grammar in Melbourne, sent videos and pictures of young boys to other members of the ring, which at its height had 70,000 members.

Iliakis, who is serving a minimum two-year sentence, handcuffed and gagged boys before photographing them for his sexual gratification.

Two Melbourne members of the ring were sentenced to 150 hours’ community service and a five-month suspended sentence for possessing child pornography.

Five more Australians in the ring are before the courts, while three have been charged but are yet to appear.

The suspects came from many walks of life, including Scout leaders, lifesavers and teachers, and ranged in age from 19 to 84.

The 84-year-old lives in Thailand and has been charged with “contact sex” offences.

Melbourne music teacher Philip Alan Reid was jailed in 2008 for two years and three months, with a minimum of 15 months, for possessing child porn.

Reid had written notes on grooming children for sex, including one headed: “You don’t need to sexually seduce children – if you give them enough time they will seduce you.”

A federal police spokeswoman told AAP that four of the Australians held high-level positions within the ring.

Perth accountant Ralph Ian Assheton, who is believed to be one of the high-ranking members, pleaded guilty last year to using the internet to access child pornography and was jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Police say details of the investigation have been kept secret until now for operational reasons.

Operation Rescue began in 2007 and involved police from Australia, the US, New Zealand, Europol, the Netherlands and Canada along with investigators from Britain’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.

“With over 200 children removed from harm globally, we imagine an even larger number of children were safeguarded elsewhere in the world,” said Grant Edwards, the manager of investigations at the Canberra-based high-tech crime lab.

“We will never know the total figure due to it being such a limitless crime. Global law enforcement is working together internationally to protect children wherever they may be in the world.”

Commander Edwards said inquiries were continuing, with many suspects still being tracked online and leading police to other websites.

More arrests are expected, including in Australia, as investigations continue.

Sydney men face Thai sex tourism charges

March 20, 2009

Katelyn John and Adam Bennett

A Sydney man accused of being part of an international child sex tourism ring has faced court charged with sex offences against a Thai teenager.

David Anthony Hudson, 40, from Russell Lea, is one of three men charged with alleged child sex offences uncovered during a joint operation involving Thai, Australian and British authorities.

Hudson and a 23-year-old Eastwood man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were arrested by Australian Federal Police (AFP) after raids on their Sydney homes on Thursday.

The third man, a 68-year-old Australian living in Thailand, was arrested by Royal Thai Police the same day.

All three face charges of child sex, child sex tourism and child pornography.

The Eastwood man was already on bail for similar charges involving a family member when he was arrested on Thursday.

As a result, he faces an additional charge of breaching his bail by allegedly communicating with a person under the age of 16.

Thai authorities have also laid charges, while Britain’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre assisted in the operation, the AFP said.

Hudson appeared in Sydney’s Central Local Court on two counts of committing an act of indecency last year on a 14-year-old in Pattaya, Thailand, and one count of possessing child pornography.

Dressed in a yellow T-shirt and wearing a cast on his wrist, Hudson waited hours for his lawyer to arrive before applying for the matter to put over until June 3.

The Eastwood man faced the same court charged with three counts of disseminating/producing child pornography, using a carriage service to transmit child porn and possessing child porn.

He is due to reappear in the same court on Tuesday.

The arrests highlighted the global response required to stamp out child abuse and child sex tourism, AFP Sydney office Commander David Stewart said.

“We will continue to relentlessly pursue those individuals who choose to abuse children, who are the most vulnerable in our communities,” Mr Stewart said in a statement.

“The AFP will not tolerate any form of child abuse in Australia or anywhere in the world and will continue to work with local and overseas counterparts to arrest those behind child exploitation.”


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Terrible crimes of child porn ring trio


14 Apr, 2012 04:00 AM

A JUDGE forced to detail sexual crimes of a ‘‘very terrible nature’’ by a former Hunter couple against their young children said yesterday he would have named them if he were able.

The couple were ‘‘fortunate’’ their names would never be made public because it would identify their children, a son, 12, and a daughter, 11, Judge Roy Ellis told Gosford District Court.

‘‘If I could have permitted the publication of these two people’s names, I would have, and it is only to protect the two children that the [couple] were fortunate enough to avoid publication,’’ he said.

But he rejected a suppression application by the couple’s accomplice, Bruce William Ford, 44, of Umina, who was sentenced to 21 years’ jail, with a minimum term of 15 years, for his part in an international child pornography network.

After recounting an abbreviated version of a 22-page statement of crimes committed against the children at a Central Coast location over more than six months in 2010, for the third time in a week as the three were sentenced, Judge Ellis yesterday indicated the cases had taken their toll.

‘‘After sentencing three of these offenders it is more and more difficult not to use inflammatory words,’’ he said. ‘‘I think the less I say about it, the better.

‘‘These are extremely serious and disgusting acts against children.

‘‘This offender, via the friendship formed with the parents, regularly and seriously sexually abused their two young children, but not only that, very actively incited another deviate in another country to commit other disgusting acts against young children.’’

Ford, who was jailed in 2001 for less serious child sex matters, incited a man in Britain to have sexual intercourse with his stepdaughter, 4, and stepson, 10.

Judge Ellis declined to read the full statement of facts in court yesterday, and noted they were filed and part of the public record.

‘‘Although why anyone would want to read it, I don’t know,’’ he said.

He reserved particular criticism for the former Hunter man after sentencing him to 21 years’ jail, with a minimum term of 15 years last week.

‘‘The man’s the father and he let all this happen,’’ Judge Ellis said.

The last words Ford heard as he was led from the court were by the children’s aunt, who had earlier run from the court as some of the crimes were being described.

‘‘You won’t touch another child, you sick, mental freak,’’ she said.

21 years jail for involvement in international paedophile network

Updated April 13, 2012 17:47:07

A New South Wales man involved in an international paedophile network has been jailed for a maximum 21 years.

Bruce Ford was arrested in 2010, along with a 31-year-old woman and her 51-year-old husband who have already received lengthy jail terms for sexually abusing their own children.

Gosford District Court heard the trio dominated an international network of parents who carried out depraved sex acts on the children, often streaming them live on the internet.

Ford, from Umina Beach on the Central Coast, will be eligible for parole in 15 years.

The Commander of the state’s Sex Crime Squad says a lengthy jail term reflects the seriousness of Ford’s actions.

Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec has welcomed the sentence.

“It’s a pleasing result for a long slog investigation that commenced nearly two years ago,” he says.

“And it certainly represents the seriousness that both the courts and the community see this crime.

“It’s a very serious crime when a young child is abused.

“Whether it’s in Australia or any part of the world, it’s a serious crime.”

Mother jailed over child porn, sex abuse

Posted April 12, 2012 19:32:33

A woman has been jailed for the systematic sexual abuse of her own children, including broadcasting live pictures of them to an international internet paedophile ring.

The 31-year-old was sentenced to a maximum 18 years in jail with a non-parole period of 13 years.

She, along with her 51-year-old husband and another man, was arrested in November 2010 and admitted to a series of charges relating to the sustained sexual abuse of the couple’s son and daughter, aged 12 and 11.

The trio dominated an international network of parents who carried out depraved sex acts on their children, often streaming them live on the internet.

Gosford District Court heard how the woman encouraged other parents within the ring to abuse their own children.

Judge Roy Ellis said this showed a casual attitude towards her children’s abuse and showed “an unfathomable level of depravity” which was “impossible to grasp”.

The judge told the court the mother was sexually abused as a child by her own family members and has since expressed a wish to be punished for the sake of her children.

He said she was groomed by her husband but was an active and willing participant to the abuse and has scarred her children for life.

Karen Lindley, spokeswoman for child advocacy group Bravehearts, says there are lessons to be learned from the case.

“[The woman] herself was a victim of sustained prolonged child sexual assault and it’s history repeating itself,” she said.

“We must break the cycle.”

The woman’s husband was sentenced to a minimum of 15 years behind bars over similar charges last week, and another man is due to be sentenced tomorrow.

The children remain under the care of the NSW Department of Family and Community Services.

Hunter man jailed on child sex counts


06 Apr, 2012 04:00 AM

THEY were the last words heard in court yesterday by a man who had just been jailed until at least 2025 for committing and filming depraved sexual crimes against his own two children.

‘‘You’re gonna die in there you sick bastard,’’ said his former sister-in-law, the children’s aunt, as the former Hunter man, 51, was led away.

‘‘I needed to say it,’’ she said outside Gosford District Court after the first of three sentencings in an international child pornography case linked to crimes in the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Germany and the US.

The children’s mother and another man will be sentenced next week after pleading guilty to multiple child sex crimes.

People in court for unrelated matters were visibly upset as Judge Roy Ellis read an abbreviated description of sexual crimes against the children: a boy, 12, and girl, 11, by their parents and another man at a Central Coast location in 2010.

The children, now living in the Hunter Region, were left to grow up in a situation ‘‘worse than orphans’’ after ‘‘losing’’ their parents when they were sexually assaulted by them, and then ‘‘losing’’ them again when both were arrested in late 2010 and charged with multiple child sex and child pornography offences, Judge Ellis said.

The boy was filmed while shackled, gagged and humiliated; threatened with a whip if he did not commit sexual acts; tied up and blindfolded; fed Viagra, and made to commit degrading heterosexual and homosexual acts with the three adults, Judge Ellis said.

The girl was forced to commit sexual acts with her father and the other man and the crimes distributed to members of the child pornography network overseas.

‘‘Not satisfied with committing these perversions on his children, the offender then filmed the incidents and streamed them to others,’’ Judge Ellis said.

The acts represented an ‘‘unfathomable level of depravity’’ by a man who not only ‘‘appears to have been completely oblivious to the needs of his children’’, but ‘‘appears to be proud of his treatment of his children’’.

‘‘The offender, in a self-indulgent and pitiless way, robbed them of their innocence, their formative years and their family.’’

The judge rejected the children’s father’s claim of amnesia about the 2010 incidents, after a psychiatrist rejected the claim.

He was sentenced to a minimum 15 years’ jail, with his earliest release date in November 2025 after taking into account time already served.


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Child porn Doctor’s sentence cut

Updated August 17, 2011 11:17:15

A Hobart doctor convicted of accessing and possessing child pornography has had his sentence cut.

Jeremy Phillip Buddle was convicted of downloading 63,000 pornographic images of young boys on an almost daily basis between November 2005 and November 2009.

The full bench of the Supreme Court has accepted the former GP’s argument that his 18 month jail sentence given in March was manifestly excessive.

He is now sentenced to nine months jail on the Commonwealth charge of using a carriage service to access child pornography.

It will be served concurrently with a 12 month jail sentence on the state charge of possessing child pornography.

Buddle will be eligible for release after six months – meaning he could be out as early as next month.

Porn doctor appeals ‘manifestly excessive’ sentence

Posted August 10, 2011 09:49:33

The Supreme Court in Hobart has heard the 18 month jail sentence given to a Hobart doctor convicted of accessing and possessing child pornography was manifestly excessive.

Doctor Jeremy Phillip Buddle was jailed in March for a minimum of 12 months.

The former GP downloaded 63,000 pornographic images of young boys on an almost daily basis between November 2005 and November 2009.

But his lawyer argued his obsessive collecting and filing of the images could be explained by his aspergers syndrome-like symptoms.

She says Buddle did not create spreadsheets and catalogues of the images like some other offenders.

But Commonwealth Prosecutor Ian Arendt said the doctor had been aware that what he was doing was illegal and had taken steps to avoid detection and had in the past shown he could control his desires when he chose to.

The full bench of the Supreme Court in Hobart has adjourned to consider Buddle’s appeal.

GP caught in global porn ring

MATT SMITH   |   March 18, 2011 12.01am

A HOBART doctor recently jailed for a year was one of 184 people netted in a global pedophile sting by the Australian Federal Police.

The three-year international operation busted the Netherlands-based website, an online ring that tried to hide behind claims of legitimate conversation about paedophilia.

The website had 70,000 members, mostly men.

It is the biggest syndicate uncovered by police worldwide and four of the 31 Australian men arrested are alleged to be high-ranking members.

Sandy Bay GP Jeremy Phillip Buddle, 41, was sentenced in the Supreme Court in Hobart on March 4 after pleading guilty to using a carriage service for child pornography and possessing child exploitation material. The charges related to thousands of images of eastern European boys aged between five and 15 found by federal police on Buddle’s computer.

Operation Rescue began in 2007 and involved police from Australia, the US, New Zealand, Europe, the Netherlands and Canada along with investigators from Britain’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.

About 230 children were rescued globally because of the sting, including four in Australia.

Police kept the investigation secret, until now, for operational reasons.

The Australian offenders were aged 19 to 84 and included scout leaders, lifesavers and teachers.

“Four of the 31 offenders arrested in Australia held high-level positions in the network,” an AFP spokeswoman said yesterday.

Seventeen of the 31 Australians involved in the ring have already been sentenced to terms ranging from eight years’ jail to 150 hours of community service.

A federal police spokesman said investigations were continuing, with many suspects tracked online and leading police to other websites.

Sentencing Buddle, Justice Shan Tennent said a jail term was necessary. She said: “Courts must take into account the harm activities such as yours can cause.

“The only reason the material you accessed is available is because there are people willing to go looking for it.

“Young children, probably too immature to make a rational decision about whether they want to be involved or not in these photographs, are clearly being exploited.”

Doctor pleads guilty to child porn charges

Posted 2 hours 55 minutes ago

The Supreme Court has heard a Hobart GP who has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges is a virgin with an exclusive sexual interest in pubescent boys.

Jeremy Phillip Buddle has pleaded guilty to accessing more than 60,000 images of child pornography.

The Supreme Court in Hobart heard Buddle used the internet, over a four year period, to download at least 63,000 pornographic images involving boys.

The 41 year old doctor has pleaded guilty to using a carriage service for child pornography and possessing child exploitation material.

Federal Police searched the Hobart GP’s home after a tip off from UK police that Buddle had accessed a website called “boy lover” .

During sentencing submissions the court heard the Hobart GP was a virgin with an exclusive sexual interest in adolescent boys.

The court heard Buddle was careful to never be left alone with adolescent boys at his practice and was able to control his unusual sexual desire, until he bought a computer and connected to the internet.

Dr Buddle hasn’t practised medicine since federal police searched his home in 2009.


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