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Warrnambool’s Victor Campbell fined after breaching obligations of sex offenders’ register


22 Aug 2016, 1:18 p.m.

A music industry consultant has been fined $400 after breaching regulations of being on the sex offenders’ register.

Victor Campbell, 66, of Thomas Place in Warrnambool, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court to being a sex offender engaged in child-related employment.

Magistrate John Lesser told Campbell the sex offenders’ register involved strict requirements and he had breached them.

Mr Lesser convicted and fined Campbell $400 but warned him the matter would become more serious if he returned to court.

Police said Campbell was placed on the sex offenders’ register for eight years after appearing in court in 2009.

He had the many obligations of being on the register explained to him in May last year during a review including that he had to report any contact with children.

The court heard that Campbell provided tuition across three sessions to a teenage girl.

The sessions occurred between August 25 and November 12 last year at the girl’s house while her parents were at home.

The girl and Campbell were in a room alone during the tuition.

Campbell said in a police interview he now better understood the obligations of the register and it never occurred to him that he was breaching the rules.

Defence counsel Matt Senia said the girl’s father contacted Campbell about providing tuition. He said nothing happened between Campbell and the girl.

Mr Senia said Campbell had experienced success within his career.

He worked as a youth guidance officer for a number of years and in 1987 had his own Christian music program on ABC radio.

He then worked in the United States and one artist under his guidance won a Grammy award. In 1999 he returned to teaching but in 2008 was involved in an incident with a teenage girl he was counselling.

Mr Senia said his client made a “terrible error of judgement” which led to him being placed on the register.

“That was the end of his teaching career,” Mr Senia said.

Campbell moved to Warrnambool 18 months ago to be closer to his daughter and his grandchildren.

As well as being involved in Warrnambool’s Aus Music Festival committee in the past, Campbell has been a music industry consultant.





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12:26pm March 27, 2015

Vic pedophile brother jailed for six years

A pedophile brother who sexually abused 20 boys under his care at Christian Brothers’ schools in the 1970s and 1980s has been jailed in Victoria for six years.

Edward “Ted” Bales, 65, pleaded guilty to 34 child sex abuse charges that he committed while a teacher, often disguising his crimes as disciplinary action.

Bales, who was jailed in the 1990s for child sex crimes when he was known as Edward Vernon Dowlan, changed his name to avoid publicity.

In the Victorian County Court on Friday, Judge Richard Smith said some of Bales’ victims were also abused by other offenders teaching at the schools with Bales.

Bales, from Thomastown, was a renowned disciplinarian in the classroom and exhibited a confidence that he was not going to be reported or exposed.

“All of your victims were genuinely scared of you,” Judge Smith said.

Bales kept his eyes closed as Judge Smith read out some of the details of the offences.

In one instance he rubbed a student’s leg, and then genitals in a classroom.

When the boy pushed Bales’ hand away the brother struck the boy across the face.

In another instance, Bales cornered a boy in a school toilet block, and in another he assaulted a boy while he was a guest in the boy’s family’s home.

“Your offending was brazen,” Judge Smith said.

“You had the power to intimidate your victims.”

Judge Smith said Bales’ culpability was high as he was in a position of trust and the boys were young.

He fixed a non-parole period of three years.

One of the victims yelled, “rot in hell, you dog”, as Bales was led out of the dock.

Ex-Christian brother Ted Bales admits to 55 new sex offences

By Genevieve Gannon

Oct. 10, 2014, 4 a.m.

A convicted paedophile who changed his name to avoid publicity has admitted to another 55 offences committed while he was a Christian brother teaching in Victorian schools, including at Warrnambool.

Ted Bales, 64, was taken into custody yesterday after pleading guilty to indecently assaulting boys over a 16-year period in the 1970s and 1980s.

Bales, now a defrocked layman living in Thomastown, was formerly known as Edward Vernon Dowlan.

The name ‘Dowlan’ has frequently appeared alongside some of Australia’s most notorious clergy paedophiles, including Robert Charles Best and Gerald Francis Ridsdale.

A court hearing in April was told Bales changed his identity to avoid publicity because his name came up whenever the media reported on crimes involving the Christian Brothers.

The court heard Bales spent five years in prison in the 1990s after being convicted of other historical sex offences.

Dowlan was jailed for six-and-a-half years with a four-year minimum for sex crimes against 12 students between 1971 and 1982.

Bales pleaded guilty to 55 counts of indecent assault in the Melbourne Magistrates Court yesterday, after five other charges were withdrawn. His admission of guilt brings the number of his victims to more than 20.

The assaults covered by the latest charges occurred in Ballarat, Forest Hill and Warrnambool in the 1970s, and Lovely Banks, Lower Templestowe and East Melbourne in the 1980s.

Almost half of Bales’ offences were committed in Ballarat in the early 1970s. Between 1971 and 1974, he was one of four male teachers at Ballarat primary school St Alipius, including Best, while Ridsdale was the school’s chaplain.

Advocacy group Broken Rites said it was another example of the church cover-ups that allowed these offences to continue.

Best was jailed in 2011 for a minimum of 11 years and three months for sexually abusing young boys at three schools over a 20-year period.

Australia’s worst paedophile priest, 79-year-old Ridsdale, abused 53 victims over 26 years and is likely to die in jail.

Another eight years were added to his lengthy jail term in April this year after he pleaded guilty to 30 new charges.

Bales was arrested by the Sano task force, which was established by police to investigate historic and new allegations arising from the Victorian parliamentary inquiry into child sex abuse.

He was remanded in custody and will next appear in court on February 6.


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Warrnambool man who accessed child pornography to undergo psychiatric assessment


Oct. 9, 2014, 4 a.m.

A MAN found with some of the worst forms of child pornography will be psychiatrically assessed before being sentenced.

Michael Elliott Sancil, 28, of Warrnambool, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool County Court yesterday to possessing cannabis and two counts of accessing child pornography.

Defence counsel Michael Turner requested a psychiatric assessment be ordered by the court to assess Sancil’s sexual deviation, his mental health and issues with cannabis use.

He said Sancil did not recognise he had a drug problem, believed he was self-medicating and that cannabis use kept him stable despite his severe depression and anxiety.

The barrister said his client had been assessed as having an IQ just below 70, in the disabled range.

A psychologist raised concerns in a report that Sancil was at a crisis stage, particularly in relation to issues of self-harm and threats against police and the judiciary.

Sancil also claims to be the victim of sexual abuse, but he knew he was doing wrong by accessing child pornography.

Police executed a search warrant at Sancil’s home on May 3, 2012, and seized two computers.

They also found a small quantity of cannabis.

An analysis of the computers uncovered 334 images of child pornography.

The first group of images was accessed between February 7 and March 8, 2009, and the second collection between March 25, 2011, and May 2, 2012.

The images have been categorised on a scale of one to five from clothed images through to the most serious child pornography involving sadism and bestiality.

There were 80 category one images, 89 category two, 90 category three, 76 in category four and three in the worst bracket.

Sancil told police he became aroused when he saw children on the street and that would trigger his internet access of pornography, including child pornography.

He has previous court appearances for making threats, assault, an indecent assault on a child aged under 16 years and for possessing and producing child pornography.

A 2007 court appearance for committing an indecent act with a child aged under 16 years involved Sancil following an eight-year-old boy into a toilet block and confronting the boy in a sexual manner.

Mr Turner said his client had worked in gardening services, waste management and then at a car cleaning business but he became involved in the drug culture and has been a regular cannabis user.

Sancil now has an appointment with a psychiatrist on November 24 with a report expected to be prepared before the end of the year.

He was released on bail and the case was adjourned for further hearing in the Melbourne County Court on January 20.


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Judge rejects busker Michael Molloy’s claim he is ‘not really a paedophile’ after indecently assaulting girl

By court reporter James Hancock

Posted about an hour ago

A man’s claim he was not really a paedophile when he indecently assaulted a five-year-old girl at a school playground has been rejected by a South Australian judge.

Michael John Molloy, 26, has been sentenced to four years’ jail, but with time already served could be out on parole from the middle of next year.

He stared at the floor throughout the hearing and gave no reaction to the prison term.

The District Court heard Molloy, a busker at the time, stopped at Mount Gambier on his way from Warrnambool in Victoria to Adelaide, in November 2013.

He met three children at a school playground and assaulted one of them, a five-year-old girl.

He was sentenced for indecent assault and producing and possessing child pornography.

The court was told he had drawn child pornography on paper and on his guitar and searched for child pornography using his mobile phone.

Molloy told the court he was not really a paedophile and blamed taking amphetamines for his actions.

But Judge Wayne Chivell rejected the claim, saying drugs may have reduced Molloy’s inhibitions, but the idea was there in the first place.

“I reject the idea that you do not have paedophilic tendances,” Judge Chivell said.

“You clearly developed a paedophilic obsession in the night and morning before those offences occurred.

“You behaved as a sexual predator that day … said you would rape a pre-teen girl today.”

The judge said the crime had serious impact on the girl.

“The mother says the victim has changed from an outgoing, bubbly and confident six-year-old to a fearful, anxious and clingy child.”

Judge Chivell said hopefully the victim would recover from the incident, but pointed out that unfortunately many victims of such abuse do not.



Busker a ‘sick, selfish monster’ for indecently assaulting five-year-old girl in South Australia

By Loukas Founten

Updated about 2 hours ago

A travelling busker who indecently assaulted a five-year-old girl on a school playground while affected by drugs has been described as a “sick, selfish monster” by the child’s mother.

Michael John Molloy, 26, was travelling to Adelaide from Warrnambool in November 2013 when he met three children on the playground in South Australia’s south-east and assaulted one of them.

The District Court heard he had drawn child pornography on paper and on his guitar and searched for child pornography using his mobile phone before the assault.

In a victim impact statement read to the court by the prosecutor, the victim’s mother said her daughter was now “non-social, sad and untrusting”.

She said because of one “sick, selfish monster” her daughter was frightened by adult men and was constantly by her side.

“Because of one adult’s vile, disgusting and selfish behaviour, our little girl has changed. Our family has changed,” the mother said.

“As a mother it breaks my heart. How dare he do this to our beautiful, precious little baby?”

Molloy is awaiting sentencing for indecent assault and producing and possessing child pornography.

He had faced a charge of unlawful sexual intercourse but Judge Wayne Chivell found that his touching had not involved penetration and found him guilty of indecent assault instead.

The event took place on a Saturday when the children’s parents were watching a sporting event at the school.

Case draws on children’s evidence

The case relied mainly on the evidence of the victim, her eight-year-old brother and six-year-old cousin.

During the trial, the children were permitted to give unsworn evidence after the judge ruled that they understood the difference between telling the truth and a lie.

The court heard Molloy had talked with the children and played them songs on his guitar.

The girl also told the court Molloy said she was pretty and would have asked to marry her if he were younger.

The court heard the girl’s mother was concerned when she found him still at the playground with the children later and contacted police.

He was found with crude hand-drawn child pornography on bank documents and maps with captions which included “sex with preteen girl 6 y.o.”, “rape” and “child rape”.

Molloy’s guitar also featured similar images and he had searched for child pornography using his mobile phone before the incident.

Among the search terms found on his phone, he had entered “i will rape a preteen girl today” earlier that morning.

Molloy blames methylamphetamine use

Defence lawyer Nick Healy told the court the offending was “bizarre”.

He said his client was in a “drug-induced state” having consumed methylamphetamine the night before and his “state of mind was altered by the drug”.

“Mr Molloy doesn’t try and blame anyone but himself. He blames the drug abuse,” Mr Healy said.

“He doesn’t admit paedophilic tendencies. In fact, he’s revolted by it because he has a child of his own.

“Mr Molloy is contrite. He doesn’t seek to shy away now. He doesn’t seek to maintain now that he is innocent.”

Mr Healy said Molloy had shown a “refreshing insight” into his behaviour and had planned to abstain from drug use.

He said Molloy told a psychiatrist, “it’s destroyed my life, not to mention that of the victim and her family”.

“He’s a young man with a troubled past, a young man who is capable of rehabilitation,” Mr Healy said.

He said Molloy would be monitored upon his release as a sex offender and would have great difficulty getting access to his son.

He was having a difficult time in prison due to the nature of his offending and because some prison guards knew the victim and her family.

Prosecutor Vanessa Burrows said it was a serious crime that warranted immediate imprisonment.

“The insight is limited in the way the defendant blames drugs,” she said.

“The drugs might explain the offending but it doesn’t mitigate it.

“The offending was brazen, given the presence of other children nearby and the presence of the children’s’ parents nearby.”

Molloy has been in custody since the day of the offending, and will be sentenced next month.

Molester’s hearing delayed


November 20, 2014, 12:42 pm

Lawyers can’t obtain a psychiatric report on a busker who molested a girl in a school playground because he is being housed in police cells, a judge has been told.

“He has been in this facility for nearly three weeks, being fed God-knows what and with no ability for exercise or sunlight,” lawyer Nick Healy said in the South Australian District Court.

Michael John Molloy, 26, was due to face a sentence hearing on Thursday, but Mr Healy said the matter could not proceed as the defence required him to be psychiatrically assessed.

In August, Judge Wayne Chivell found Molloy guilty of aggravated indecent assault in November 2013 at a Mount Gambier primary school playground.

At the judge-alone trial, Molloy admitted that on the previous night he had searched the internet for child pornography, using terms, including ‘I will rape a pre-teen girl today’ and ‘little nude girls’.

He said he drew pornography and wrote pornographic captions on his guitar and other items on the same night while under the influence of methamphetamine.

Mr Healy said his client, who has been in custody since his arrest in November 2013, was currently being housed in Adelaide’s Holden Hill watchhouse.

He said people should only be held there for up to two days and there were no rooms where an assessment could take place.

The lawyers had previously tried to arrange psychiatric appointments at other facilities where Molloy was being housed, but he was twice moved before this could take place.

Describing the situation as “very unsatisfactory”, Judge Molloy adjourned the case to December 4 to enable the defence to pursue the matter.

Busker indecently assaulted 5yo girl at SA school playground, court finds

By court reporter Loukas Founten

Mon 25 Aug 2014, 6:04pm

A travelling busker has been found guilty of indecently assaulting a five-year-old girl at a school playground in South Australia after playing guitar to a group of kids.

Michael John Molloy, 26, had been on his way to Adelaide from Warrnambool in Victoria last November when he performed songs for three children at a playground in the south-east of SA.

The District Court was told the children’s parents had been nearby watching sport at the school.

Molloy was charged with unlawful sexual intercourse, but Judge Wayne Chivell ruled the touching had not involved penetration so found the man guilty of indecent assault instead.

The case had relied on the young victim’s evidence and that of her eight-year-old brother and a six-year-old cousin.

The children were allowed to give unsworn evidence after the judge ruled they understood the difference between truth and lies.

The prosecution said Molloy had spoken with the children, then played his guitar for them.

The trial heard he told the five-year-old he liked seeing her do cartwheels and hang upside down on the play equipment because he could see her belly.

Molloy asked the children where the toilet was, and it was alleged he then took the girl toward the building while having an inappropriate conversation with her.

Mum rang police after seeing man in playground

The court heard the girl’s mother became concerned about seeing a man at the playground with the children and contacted police.

Officers found Molloy with hand-drawn child pornography on paper, similar images on the guitar itself, and a search using the words child pornography had been made on his mobile phone.

Molloy denied he went to the school intending to find children, saying it was a Saturday and he had not expected anyone would be there.

He admitted using drugs the previous night and said thoughts of child pornography had arisen then, so he drew images as a form of therapy.

“Under the influence of drugs, I’ve heard everyone gets the thoughts,” he told the trial.

“It’s what you do with them, and that’s what I chose to do with them.”

Judge impressed with girl’s evidence

Judge Chivell said he had weighed up the children’s evidence carefully in reaching his verdict.

“I formed a very favourable impression of (the girl’s) credibility and reliability when she gave evidence,” he said.

“She is a very bright and articulate child. She gave a clear description of the relevant events.”

Judge Chivell said he was less impressed with Molloy’s evidence, which he described as “unsatisfactory and implausible in many important respects”.

“Mr Molloy was completely unable to explain why he asked the children where the toilets were when he well knew where they were; his phone was charging outside them,” he said.

“As it turned out, he did not need to go to the toilet anyway. I found Mr Molloy to be a most unsatisfactory witness, one whose evidence could not be relied upon.”

Judge Chivell said Molloy’s trial evidence had provided “strong support for (the girl’s) evidence that Mr Molloy sexually assaulted her that day”.

Molloy is in custody and will be sentenced later.


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No appeal against sentence for ex-teacher who propositioned boy for sex

Thu 13 Nov 2014, 12:16pm

The Victorian Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) will not appeal against the sentence given to a former teacher from south-west Victoria who propositioned a boy for sex.

Diane Marie Brimble, 47, was earlier this year found guilty of committing an indecent act against a boy.

The County Court jury found she hugged the boy and asking him to sleep with her.

The court heard Brimble became obsessed with the child and had his name tattooed on her chest.

Brimble also wrote letters to him declaring her undying love.

She avoided jail and was instead sentenced to a two-year community corrections order, including 200 hours of unpaid community service.

The jury acquitted Brimble of five similar charges.

The OPP has decided against appealing against the verdict or sentence.

Vic teacher on sex offenders register

October 9, 2014, 10:36 am

A Victorian primary school teacher who propositioned a 10-year-old student for sex has avoided jail but been ordered to complete 200 hours of community work.

Diane Marie Brimble, 47, of Hamilton, has been placed on a two-year community corrections order and will appear on the Sex Offenders Register for eight years after being convicted of committing an indecent act with a child under 16.

Hamilton teacher found guilty of indecent act with boy, aged 10


July 14, 2014, 12:23 p.m.

A HAMILTON teacher has been found guilty by a Warrnambool jury of committing an indecent act with a 10-year-old boy.

Mother-of-eight Diane Marie Brimble, 47, had pleaded not guilty in the Warrnambool County Court to six charges, including five counts of committing an indecent act with a child aged under 16 years and one count of using a telecommunications device to groom a child.

A Warrnambool jury returned verdicts just before noon on Thursday after deliberating for two days.

Brimble was found guilty of one charge and not guilty of five charges.

She was found guilty of hugging and kissing the boy and asking him to sleep with her to have sex.


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Foster father convicted of indecent assault


Aug. 8, 2014, 4 a.m.

A FOSTER parent who indecently assaulted a child in his care has been convicted and fined $5000.

Gordon Attrill, 62, of Mitchell Street, Warrnambool, faced Warrnambool Magistrates Court on a single count of indecent assault against the young woman.

Attrill pleaded guilty on Wednesday after contesting the charges in June this year.

Magistrate Ron Saines told the accused he betrayed the trust of a vulnerable child entrusted into his care.

“This was a breach of trust upon a vulnerable child who was entitled to your trust and protection,” Mr Saines told the accused.

The court heard that in June last year Attrill touched the girl in her bedroom while his wife and foster mother to the victim was away.

In a victim impact statement read out to the court, the girl said she had been forced to move home and change schools after the offence.

“I cried a lot and I get really upset about what Gordon did … Gordon was meant to look after me, not hurt me,” her statement said.

The victim also has an intellectual disability, further aggravating the charges.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Paul Harris urged the court to impose a prison sentence.

“It’s open to the court that it was not a spontaneous offence. It’s open to the court that the accused knew exactly when his wife would be away and took the opportunity when it arose,” Senior Constable Harris said.

During contest mention defence counsel for Attrill claimed the victim had made up the story.

On Wednesday defence counsel Michael Turner argued the offence was a low-level assault and said Attrill had no prior criminal history.

“It was an isolated incident. The offence itself was spontaneous. There was no planning. We would say it was totally out of character,” Mr Turner said.

He said Attrill and his wife had cared for foster children for 27 years.

“They have cared for more than 60 children over that period of time. His previous good character has been compromised by this offence,” he said.

In his sentencing remarks, Mr Saines noted Attrill’s plea of guilty came “only at the end of the prosecution case … and that involved the cross-examination of vulnerable witnesses”.

Attrill will be placed on the sex offenders’ register for eight years.


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Posted: August 2, 2014 by Serendipity in Victoria
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Online predator lured girl, 15, for sex with $500


April 12, 2014, 4 a.m.

A WARRNAMBOOL man who used social media to groom a 15-year-old girl for sex and then paid her with

a dishonoured $500 cheque will be sentenced in Melbourne next month.

Dylan James Marshall, 27, of Aitkins Road, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool County Court yesterday to

procuring a girl aged under 16 years for sex and sexual penetration of a child.

Between April and December 2012, Marshall used Facebook to get in touch with the victim, who was 14

when he first made contact on April 9.

On April 25 he asked if the girl would have sex with him for a lot of money. She said yes and that she had

done it before.

After a long series of messages, Marshall offered the girl $500 for sex in mid-December. She agreed and

a meeting was set for December 24.

In the lead-up to the date, Marshall said he was getting nervous because the girl could be a police officer.

He asked if what they had organised was illegal and the girl replied yes because she was underage.

The girl then went to Marshall’s home and they had intercourse. He gave her a $500 cheque which she

deposited in her bank account but it could not be processed.

Between January 2, 2013, and February 22, the girl demanded to be paid, suggesting she would go to the


On February 3 the victim’s sisters went to police and reported the matter. Marshall paid the girl the $500.

Police officers contacted the victim on February 7 and the girl told them she did not want to participate in

an investigation.

But in May last year she decided to assist police and Marshall was arrested. He made admissions but said

he thought the girl was over 16.

In a victim impact statement, the girl said she had put herself in a very weird situation.

She said Marshall had pressured her and that he chatted up young girls, endlessly complimenting them,

offering to pay them for sex and raising the offers until they said yes, but then would not pay.

The girl said her involvement with Marshall had caused enormous stress in her family, particularly between

her and her mother, and she was ashamed of herself.

The victim said Marshall had an obsession with young girls and she called for him to be punished to

protect the underage girls he preyed on.

However, after hearing yesterday’s plea she altered her position and said Marshall should not be

immediately imprisoned.

Defence counsel Stephen Payne said one of the troubling aspects of the case was the blatant transaction

nature of what had happened.

Mr Payne said Marshall had recently been diagnosed with autism and should be granted a significant discount

in sentencing.

Judge Paul Grant said he was having difficulty determining how a discount in sentencing would be applied

when Marshall had considered his behaviour was against the law, that he could get into serious trouble and

yet he continued.

He said that in the great majority of similar cases defendants were immediately imprisoned for lengthy periods.

Judge Grant will sentence Marshall in Melbourne on May 22 after the prosecution and defence had time to make

detailed sentencing submissions.


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