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Paedophile paramedic sentenced to 13 years’ jail for sexual abuse of 22 girls across three states

By Isobel Roe

Updated 5 May 2017, 6:28pm

A former Queensland ambulance officer has been sentenced to 13 years in jail for “depraved” sexual abuse of 22 young girls across several states over a 10-year period.

The victims of 49-year-old Jason David Brooker were in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, with the youngest being 11 years old.

Brooker, who was between 38 and 47 years of age at the time of offending, contacted young girls via social media sites Kik, Tagged and Facebook using the name ‘Jaz’, ‘David Bourne’ or ‘David Brook’.

In the District Court in Toowoomba on Tuesday, Brooker pleaded guilty to 57 charges, including maintaining a relationship with a child under 16, carnal knowledge, indecent treatment and making and possessing child exploitation material.

The offending was carried out from Brooker’s home in Warwick on Queensland’s Southern Downs between 2005 and 2015, when one victim raised the alarm and police raided his property.

The court heard Brooker often paid for mobile phone credit for the young girls or offered to “get them into modelling” in exchange for naked photographs, and threatened to release the photos on the internet if the girls did not comply with requests for more explicit material.

Offender videoed sex with 14yo girl

Crown prosecutor Elizabeth Kelso told the court the most serious offending was involving a 14-year-old girl, who he lured via social media pretending to be a 16-year-old boy.

After several webcam chats where Brooker asked the girl to take off her clothes, the pair met multiple times including at a park and a hotel in the Brisbane suburb of Brookside.

Ms Kelso told the court the girl had not told her parents where she was going.

“[Brooker] filmed some of those interactions,” Ms Kelso said.

“In that footage he can be seen undressing the complainant.”

The pair then had sexual intercourse, which was also recorded on video.

‘I was made to feel like a disgusting human being’

During police raids of Brooker’s Warwick home in 2015, officers found a disc containing 83 photos of the girl in states of undress.

The court was read a victim impact statement from that girl, who is now an adult.

“[I] feel sick because of the visual memories,” the statement read.

“I feared for my life and my family’s too — I was made to feel like a disgusting human being.”

Ms Kelso said Brooker would request naked pictures and send pictures of his own genitalia to other girls.

The victims often found out the person they were talking to was not a 16-year-old boy when Brooker turned on his own webcam.

Ms Kelso said Brooker would often tell his victims he loved. If they refused his advances, he would threaten the victims with knowing where they lived.

“If the complainants became reluctant or started to ignore the defendant, he became angry,” she said.

“Where he had provided them money, he would tell them he felt he’d been ripped off.”

Ms Kelso said the most disturbing thing about Brooker’s conduct was the “meticulous” nature of the thousands of photos and videos in his child exploitation collection, found during the police raids.

Some of the exploitation material was of children as young as three years old.

“Not only was is stored electronically, it was also stored on CDs identified with the girls name, age and locations,” Ms Kelso said.

The raids also uncovered stolen prescription drugs and uniforms from the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS).

Brooker left the QAS during the 10 years of offending and began to work for a private firm as a paramedic.

Offender wrote apology letter, court told

Brooker’s defence lawyer David Jones told the court his client had not shared any of the child exploitation material he created.

He said Brooker’s conduct was largely inexplicable, but he had written a letter of apology and was on the road to rehabilitation.

In sentencing, Judge Deborah Richards told the court one incident involved threatening a young child with harm.

“You said: ‘If you don’t send me nudes I’ll track down your address and hurt your family’ — she was 11 years old,” the judge said.

Judge Richards said Brooker offended with the hope of having each of the girls have sex with him.

“You did make admissions … but downplayed the criminality of your actions on many occasions,” she said.

“This was persistent, depraved behaviour over a long period of time.”

Judge Deborah Richards chose not to label Brooker a serious violent offender.

He will be eligible to apply for parole in January 2021, six years after he was taken into custody.





Child images exchanged in on-line affair

  • Peter Hardwick
  • 5th Nov 2009 3:00 AM

TO maintain an on-line romance, Nathan David Reid had exchanged child pornography images via email, Toowoomba District Court heard yesterday.

A New South Wales police investigation into Sydney woman Suzanne Elizabeth McDonald, who had been found with 1419 images of child pornography on her computer, traced 16 on-line conversations to Reid’s email account “dodgy_nathan”.

Reid was located by police in Toowoomba in April and arrested.

The child pornography material exchanged between the pair included images of the worst Category 5, Commonwealth prosecutor Kylie Ward said.

Reid pleaded guilty to using a carriage service to access child exploitation material and to transmitting child pornography.

His barrister Scott Lynch said his client had lived with a severe stutter all his life and had been teased and bullied at school because of the affliction.

Having low self-esteem, his client had trouble forming relationships and, after McDonald initially sent him some child pornography images, he had tried to maintain the on-line relationship by joining in, even though initially the images sent by McDonald had made him sick.

His client had been seeing a psychiatrist who, in a report tended to the court, said Reid was of low risk of re-offending, Mr Lynch said.

Judge Katherine McGinness sentenced Reid to 18 months jail but ordered he be released after having served three months to be on probation for two years.

Marcus Faraz Hoddle

Posted: November 20, 2012 by Serendipity in Queensland
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Remorse fails to stop prison

  • Peter Hardwick
  • 22nd May 2010 2:00 AM

GENUINE remorse and shame couldn’t save Marcus Faraz Hoddle from a jail term after he pleaded guilty to downloading child pornography material.

Judge David Reid said by observing the 24-year-old’s demeanour in court and by references tended to the court on his behalf, he accepted Hoddle was “remorseful and shamed” by his behaviour, but downloading such “disgusting” material called for actual time behind bars.

Toowoomba District Court heard a Taskforce Argus police search of Hoddle’s home computer in November had failed to find any offending material.

However, a search of his bedroom found two CDs on which had been downloaded a significant amount of child pornography including some images of the very worst “category 5” level.

Noting Hoddle had no previous criminal convictions at all, Judge Reid said, in his view, the offending had stemmed from a weakness in Hoddle’s nature.

Judge Reid sentenced Hoddle to 18 months jail, the term to be suspended after he has served four months with the remaining 14 months to hang over his head for three years.

Hoddle was also placed on two years probation.


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