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Stafford – Mark Francis - Photo2

1:29pm June 19, 2015

Ten months jail for surf lifesaver who sexually 

abused seven girls

Chloe Ross

A former Queensland volunteer surf lifesaver has been sentenced to 10 months’ jail over the sexual abuse of

seven girls as young as eight.

Mark Francis Stafford, formerly of the Surfers Paradise Surf Lifesaving Club, last week pleaded guilty in

Brisbane District Court to a total of 31 charges which took place between 2008 to 2013, the Courier Mail


The court heard many of the offences occurred over one weekend at his house after he convinced the girls’

parents to let several of them sleep over.

Stafford instructed the girls to paint his naked body, simulated sex with a mannequin and swam naked

in the pool in front of the group, from three Gold Coast families.

He also served the children Midori and encouraged them to watch up pornographic videos, before

explaining what masturbating was and how to do it.

Other charges related to him touching the girls sexually while they showered.

A police search of his home uncovered photos taken on the same day of the girls jumping into the pool.

Stafford admitted to later abusing another one of the girls in her own home while her parents were

in another room.

After being confronted via text message by his eldest victim, who was a teenager at the time, Stafford

threatened to kill himself if she took action.

Stafford was sentenced to three years in jail, suspended after 10 months.

Surfers Paradise Surf Lifesaving Club secretary Scott Andrews said Stafford’s membership was

immediately revoked when the club learned of the investigations.


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Cullum - Peter - Photo.

Former Manly Sea Eagle Peter Cullum sentenced 

to two years’ jail on rape charge 

  • Steven Deare 
  • Manly Daily 
  • July 18, 201412:27PM

FORMER Manly Sea Eagle Peter Cullum has been sentenced to two years’ jail, with 12 months 

non-parole, for the rape of a 17-year-old girl. 

Judge Robert Toner yesterday told Downing Centre Court he was moved by the victim impact statement but

also found Mr Cullum’s offence at the lower end of the spectrum for sexual intercourse without consent.

The offence carries a maximum penalty of 14 years’ jail.

A jury in March convicted the 53-year-old former Freshwater SLSC trainer of one count of sexual intercourse

without consent. Mr Cullum was also found not guilty on five other counts – two counts of aggravated sex

assault on a victim under the age of 16 years, sexual intercourse without consent, and two counts of sexual

intercourse with a person between 14 and 16 years.

Judge Toner said Mr Cullum’s actions were “opportunistic, spur of the moment and involved no planning”.

The judge also believed Mr Cullum was remorseful. He read a transcript of a 2013 phone call between the

offender and victim, recorded without the former’s knowledge.

In the call, Mr Cullum said: “I think about it quite a bit. Did I overstep the mark with someone that trusted


“It was all me, because I’ve affected you.”

The girl’s victim impact statement, read at a previous hearing, told how she experienced many months of

feeling tired, frustrated, angry and betrayed.

She said she felt her insides were ripped out by the attack, and lost interest in surf life saving.

Mr Cullum played 35 first-grade games for Manly during the 1980s.


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Andrews – Darren James - Photo.


In 2010, Andrews was the Australian Democrats candidate in the seat of Sturt, SA. He withdrew from the federal election after admitting to a Channel 7 news reporter that he had been convicted of trying to procure a child for sex over the internet.

Bond imposed over internet sex bid

Posted Mon Jun 29, 2009 6:17pm AEST

A disabled man who tried to arrange sexual contact with teenage boys on the internet has been given a good behaviour bond.

Darren James Andrews, 32, pleaded guilty to two counts of communicating to make a child amenable to sexual activity.

The District Court in Adelaide heard he advertised on a dating website, clearly seeking meetings with boys for sexual purposes.

He arranged two meetings – one with a boy, 15, and the other with a police officer posing as a boy, but did not turn up to either.

The court heard Andrews suffers from a physical disability and learning disabilities and lives with his mother.

The judge suspended his six-month non-parole term and put him on a three-year good behaviour bond.


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Riddler, a long-term associate of Robert Fardon made allegations that Fardon was planning to flee from the Wacol prison. Fardon was arrested for breaching the conditions of his supervision order.

Rapist’s flood hero award revoked

Posted 11 Jun 2011, 10:42am

The Queensland Government has revoked an award given to a flood volunteer because the man is a convicted rapist and armed robber.

Bob Riddler was nominated for a local hero award after helping the Shiloh Christian Church at Goodna, west of Brisbane, during the January floods.

He removed rubbish and cleaned houses in the Ipswich suburb.

He had previously served 12 years in jail and had only been released in September last year.

Mr Riddler says the Corrective Services Department was aware of his volunteer work during the floods.

But four days after being invited to attend today’s ceremony to honour disaster heroes the invitation was rescinded.

A spokesman for premier Anna Bligh says it would be inappropriate for Mr Riddler to attend the event and receive the award.

However she says the Government applauds his efforts to turn his life around.

Debbie Kilroy, from the prison support group Sisters Inside, says the decision is outrageous.

“I’d be calling on the Government to change the decision and give this man the award that he duly deserves for his assistance in the disaster,” she said.

In March the department ruled Mr Riddler was unsuitable to work as a church volunteer when going to people’s homes on his own.

Kids’ charity volunteer jailed for sex abuse

Updated Wed Nov 28, 2007 12:50pm AEDT

A former volunteer for a children’s charity has been sentenced to eight years in prison for the sexual abuse of three boys he met over the Internet.

The District Court in Adelaide heard that Liam Mark Sullivan, 48, appeared to be a selfless volunteer for the Starlight Foundation, helping sick children.

But he was actually a paedophile luring young boys on a gay website he administered.

He offered two 14-year-olds and a 15-year-old alcohol and clothing in exchange for sex.

Judge Dean Clayton said the man was a predator who manipulated his victims.

Sullivan pleaded guilty to procuring the three boys for sex and to four charges of having sex with minors.

The court heard he also had 26 images of child pornography.

Sullivan is to serve a minimum of five years in jail.

Age: 35 (2014)

Location: Youngtown / Launceston / TAS

Offence: Possess & access child exploitation material.

Sentence: Sentenced in the Supreme Court to three months imprisonment, wholly suspended for two years.

Other: Worked in childcare & baby-sitting for about 15 years. He also volunteered with children suffering autism and as a mentor.


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Jailed man ‘suffers from hypersexuality’

  • From: AAP
  • August 18, 2010 1:13PM

A MAN jailed for trying to procure a person aged under 16 for sex suffers from hypersexuality, a Melbourne court has been told.

Mark Swaby, 57, was found guilty by a Victorian County Court jury of using a carriage service – an internet chat room – for trying to procure a person aged under 16 for sex.

The charge relates to an internet chat room session he had in February 2008 with ‘Lisa’, who was actually an undercover police officer.

Swaby arranged to meet Lisa at Broadmeadows train station in Melbourne’s north. He wore a disguise, brought a digital camera and had alcohol waiting in his car.

In sentencing him on Wednesday, Judge Phillip Coish said Swaby had stated he was engaging in a sexual fantasy and believed ‘Lisa’ to be an adult.

“Your actions were very serious indeed,” Judge Coish said when sentencing Swaby on Wednesday.

“In my opinion, your conduct was predatory.

“Whilst there was no actual victim, your conduct is no less morally reprehensible.”

Swaby was divorced, semi-retired and had been doing contract work for Victoria’s rail authority.

He had been of good character prior to his offending and was a volunteer at the Scienceworks interactive museum, Judge Coish said.

He suffered from hypersexuality and was prescribed a female sex hormone to lower his sex drive.

Judge Coish said Swaby was not a pedophile. He said Swaby suffered from a depressive illness and was at an increased risk of suicide as a result of his incarceration.

He sentenced him to two years and six months in jail. But he imposed a reconnaissance release order that allows for Swaby to be released after 15 months, providing he is well behaved for a further 15 months and complies with a series of conditions.

Swaby’s 85 days in custody will count towards his sentence. He was also placed on the sex offenders’ registry.


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