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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.





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Longer sentence for molester

Mark Oberhardt

October 15, 2007 12:59pm

A FORMER country council CEO who molested a friend’s young son had his jail sentence increased on appeal today.

In the District Court in August, Noel Francis Kropp, 60, was jailed for nine months to be suspended after two months when a jury found him guilty on two counts of indecent dealing with a child under the age of 12.

The trial heard Kropp was visiting the boy’s parents at their home, on Bribie Island north of Brisbane, and slept in the eight year old’s room, in June 2005.

On successive nights he touched the boy’s genitalia. The boy later made a complaint to his mother saying Kropp was like “Michael Jackson“.

The court heard Kropp was an ex-serviceman who was deeply upset when he saw the Voyager disaster in 1964 and had later worked as CEO for various councils including at Warwick, on the southern Downs.

The Attorney General Kerry Shine appealed the sentence as being manifestly inadequate and asked Kropp be jailed for 12 months with no early suspension.

However, Peter Callaghan SC, for Kropp, said his client’s sentence wasn’t inadequate because he had some special mitigating circumstances.

He said Kropp was shamed by publicity in areas where he had worked in local government after his conviction and his credibility had been affected in his claim against the Commonwealth Government for the Voyager incident.

Mr Callaghan said Kropp was also in ill health and had the care of his elderly father.

Prosecutor Michael Copley said the boy was only eight years old at the time and previous cases supported at least a 12 months sentence.

He said the sentencing judge had placed too much emphasis on the mitigating circumstances.

In an unanimous judgment the Court of Appeal upheld the appeal, set aside the sentence and imposed 12 months jail to be suspended after six months.

The Chief Justice Paul de Jersey, sitting in the Court of Appeal, said he believed the judge had erred in finding there was no evidence of the offence affecting the boy.

He said there was nothing about the Voyager incident which relieved Kropp of his responsibilities in regards the boy and any of Kropp’s health problems could be handled in jail.

Government appeals molester sentence

Christine Kellett
September 18, 2007 – 1:18PM

The State Government will challenge an eight-week jail term handed to a Brisbane child molester last month.

Queensland Attorney-General Kerry Shine today lodged an appeal against the sentence imposed on Noel Francis Kropp, 60.

The retired local government bureaucrat was convicted on August 26 of repeatedly sexually abusing an eight-year-old boy who holidayed at Kropp’s Bribie Island home two years ago.

He was handed a nine-month term, to be suspended after eight weeks, after a District Court judge gave him credit for his public and military service and the apparent lack of psychological damage to his victim, now 10.

Kropp, a former Justice of the Peace, served in the Royal Australian Navy and was the CEO of South Melbourne and Warwick Shire councils before his retirement in 2004.

His sentence sparked outrage from the State Opposition and child abuse campaigners.

Mr Shine today formally lodged a legal challenge in the Court of Appeal in Brisbane after seeking advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions.

A hearing date is expected to be set in the coming days.

“After considering the case and the advice sought, I believe the sentence warrants consideration by the Court of Appeal,” Mr Shine said.

A jury found Kropp had abused the boy, the son of a family friend and former work colleague, on two nights of the family’s three-night stay on Bribie Island in 2005.

While the child’s parents slept in an adjoining room, Kropp lured the youngster into his bed before fondling his genitals and telling him to “keep it a secret”.

The boy said nothing until the family returned to their home interstate and began looking a pictures of Kropp on the trip, prompting the child to become distressed.

“I thought he was going to tell me a bed time story or something,” the boy told Kropp’s trial.

“I didn’t tell anyone because I felt sick and disgusting.”

Kropp was found guilty of two counts of indecent treatment of a child, but acquitted of a third.

In sentencing remarks that caused a stir among victims’ support groups, Judge Hugh Botting said there had been “scant” evidence to suggest the boy had been significantly traumatised by Kropp’s abuse.

The judge also took into account Kropp’s contribution to Local Government and the armed forces, describing it as “admired and respected”.

In documents tendered to the court, doctors diagnosed Kropp with post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from a navy boat crash in 1964.

He had also endured a long battle with alcohol.

But outspoken child abuse campaigner Hetty Johnston, founder of victims’ group Bravehearts, said a sex offender’s background should count for nothing.

“It’s irrelevant whether the person is a priest or a social worker,” Ms Johnston said.

“The crime is the same.”

Kropp is due for release on October 13.

Former council CEO jailed for indecency

August 28, 2007 – 6:20PM

A former Queensland and Victorian council CEO found guilty of indecent dealing with a eight-year-old boy, will spend two months in prison.

Noel Francis Kropp, 60, the former head of South Melbourne council and Warwick shire council, in Queensland’s south-west, was found guilty on Friday of inappropriately touching the boy when he stayed with him two years ago.

In Brisbane District Court on Tuesday, Judge Hugh Botting sentenced Kropp to nine months jail but ordered the sentence be suspended after two months, noting Kropp’s many years of public and military service.

The court last week heard Kropp touched the boy’s genitals and bottom on consecutive nights when his family holidayed at Kropp’s Bribie Island home in June 2005.

Kropp was a long-time friend of the boy’s parents and his mother admitted to the court they allowed her son to share a bed with him during the three-night visit.

He was convicted of indecently dealing with the boy on the first two nights of the visit, but the court heard the boy “tricked” him into leaving him alone on the third night by claiming a stomach ache.

Defence Barrister Peter Callaghan told the court his client had a long history of service to the public and tendered several references attesting to his good character.

“These offences occurred roughly in the space of 24 hours … 24 hours is a short time in a man’s life, particularly a man who has been as industrious and productive as Mr Kropp has been,” he said.

Judge Botting noted Kropp had been “admired and respected” in the communities in which he had worked and made mention of his 10-year naval career.

He also noted that Kropp had suffered long-standing psychological damage as a result of his involvement in the 1964 HMAS Voyager disaster.

Despite the boy’s mother’s claims her son had suffered behavioural and attitude problems after the incident, Judge Botting said he did not appear to have suffered “significant psychological damage”.

Kropp is set to be released in late October.

Executive guilty of child sex abuse

Christine Kellett
August 25, 2007 – 10:04AM

A retired Victorian council executive is facing the prospect of a lengthy term in jail after being convicted on child sex charges.

Noel Francis Kropp, 60, was last night found guilty of molesting the eight year-old son of a family friend during a holiday at Kropp’s Bribie Island home in Queensland two years ago.

The former South Melbourne Council CEO used the offer of a bedtime back and tummy rub to lure the youngster into his bed before fondling the boy’s genitals while his parents slept nearby.

Brisbane’s District Court heard the abuse occurred at least twice during the three-night trip in June 2005 but it was not uncovered until the family returned home several days later.

After viewing photographs of Kropp on holiday, the boy’s mother said her son had become distressed and told her: “Kroppy’s like Michael Jackson.”

When pressed, he said Kropp “liked little boys” and had touched his “rude parts”.

“I didn’t tell anyone because I felt sick and disgusting,” the boy, now 10, said in pre-recorded evidence played to the court.

“I trusted him.”

Kropp flatly denied the allegations during his three-day trial, with his defence team arguing the boy suffered behavioural problems and had fabricated the story after watching a news item about Michael Jackson on television.

But it was a claim the eight-man, four-woman jury refused to acccept.

They took little over five hours to return the guilty verdict on two counts of indecent treatment of a child under 12.

Kropp was acquitted of a third count after the child claimed he had “tricked” the older man into leaving him alone by telling him he had a stomach ache.

The trial heard that after being tucked into bed for the night, the boy had agreed to stay awake and wait for Kropp because he believed he was going to tell him a bedtime story.

Kropp, who also served as CEO of Queensland’s Warwick Shire Council before retiring from local government in 2004, appeared shocked as the guilty verdict was read out.

He was immediately taken from the dock into the custody of Corrective Services officers and will be held on remand until sentencing next week

Ex-council CEO ‘likes little boys’

Christine Kellett | August 23, 2007

A retired senior council bureaucrat invited the eight-year-old son of a work colleague to share his bed before molesting the boy on a family holiday, a Brisbane court has heard.

Noel Francis Kropp, 60, was later described by the child as being “like Michael Jackson” because he “likes little boys”.

Kropp, the former CEO of Warwick Shire Council, in Queensland’s Darling Downs, is on trial in the District Court, charged with three counts of indecent treatment of the boy, who lives interstate and is now aged 10.

Kropp denies the allegations and has pleaded not guilty.

At the opening of the trial yesterday, prosecutors said Kropp, a trusted friend of the boy’s father who had once worked with him, had invited the family to stay at his home on Bribie Island as part of a Queensland getaway in June 2005.

Setting up a camp-bed for the boy in his bedroom, Kropp allegedly told the child to wait up for him while he socialised with the child’s parents, who were sharing a spare room nearby.

After the adults retired, the court heard Kropp allegedly asked the boy to “get into bed with Kroppy” before putting his hands down his pants and fondling the child’s genitals and bottom.

The abuse was allegedly repeated on each night of the family’s three-night stay.

Crown prosecutor Guy Andrew told the court Kropp later drove the family to a Noosa resort where he again shared a bedroom with the child.

But it wasn’t until the family had returned home and was viewing happy snaps of the trip that suspicions were raised.

“(The boy) said that he didn’t want to look at those (photographs) and that Kroppy was like Michael Jackson,” Mr Andrew said.

When quizzed about what he meant, the boy said Kropp liked little boys and “played with their private parts.”

“He wanted me to keep awake and wait for him,” the boy said.

“I can remember he said ‘it’s our secret’ or something.”

The child later told police he had felt angry and upset and had tried to roll over in bed to stop Kropp from touching him.

The court also heard of a similar incident at the family’s interstate home when the boy was aged six or seven and Kropp had stayed the night as a house guest.

Several witnesses, including the boy’s parents, are expected to testify during the four-day trial before Judge Hugh Botting.

Kropp served as Warwick Shire’s CEO for eight years from January 1996 until his retirement in February 2004.

The trial continues.


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Judge jails elderly paedophile

Posted Mon Jul 10, 2006 8:09pm AEST

A 71-year-old-man will serve nine months in prison for for child sex offences that occurred almost 40 years ago.

Desmond Cedric Hughes pleaded guilty to six charges after indecently assaulting and sodomising his 10-year-old victim between 1968 and 1971 in south-east Queensland.

His lawyer told the court Hughes did not remember some of the offences but accepted the complainant’s recollection of events.

The court heard that at the time, Hughes believed assaulting the boy was “a normal thing to do because he too had been abused as a child”.

In sentencing, Judge Garry Forno said even though many years had passed, “an actual term of imprisonment was needed to mark community disgust in this sort of behaviour”.

Hughes was sentenced to five years in jail, suspended after nine months.,10117,19742335-1248,00.html

Ex-pageant chief jailed for child sex

From: AAP

By Suzanne Klotz
July 10, 2006

A FORMER Gold Coast beauty pageant organiser and publicist has been jailed for sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy.

Desmond Cedric Hughes, 71, of Chevron Island on the Gold Coast, pleaded guilty in Brisbane District Court to five counts of indecent treatment of a boy and one of sodomy between 1968 and 1971.

He was jailed for five years to be suspended after nine months.

The court heard Hughes abused the boy from the age of 10 until the age of 13 at his properties at Killarney, near Warwick, west of Brisbane, at New Farm in inner city Brisbane, and on the Gold Coast.

Hughes admitted the offences in covertly recorded phone conversations with the victim in July 2004.

During his working life, Hughes, now retired, was responsible for publicity for main retail chains such as Myer, and the now-defunct Waltons.

He was heavily involved in charity events including raising funds for the Flo Bjelke-Petersen Welfare League.

He also organised and hosted the War Widows Guild and RSL Girl in a Million pageants, and was on the organising committee for the Miss Australia Quest.

In sentencing Hughes, Judge Gary Forno said that although the offences were brazen, and a great breach of trust, he had co-operated with authorities and was remorseful.

Justice Forno said Hughes had led a successful working life.

“You have worked tirelessly in charitable pursuits, and you have worked at high levels in the community,” Judge Forno said.


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Paedophile fears spark safe house call

Posted Wed Dec 17, 2008 8:46am AEDT

A group of Warwick residents in southern Queensland want to set up a system of safe houses to protect children from sex offenders.

The group met senior police from Warwick yesterday to voice their concerns about convicted child sex offender Brett Perry Hewlett living in the town.

Organiser Elizabeth Spring says parents and children need to know how to deal with sex attackers.

“It’s a big town and it’s growing more and more, because there’s people moving from cities to retire in townships,” she said.

“We need extra people, safety houses to start anyway.”

Ms Spring says while police do spread the safety message to students in primary schools, it is often hard for parents to reinforce it at home.

“Because you can say to your child who’s about six or seven, don’t talk to strangers, don’t get lollies off of them, don’t take pets,” she said.

“But they’re still going to do that because they’re so trustworthy.

“We have to let those children understand you can’t trust people like that all the time.”

Sergeant Gary Beling says the community has acted with maturity and treated the matter responsibly.

“I mean there’s no vigilante approach, no retribution type approaches,” he said.

“Their approaches are ‘… [how] can we help the children, what can we do to make it better for them?’ [That] … is a great community response and one we’ll back up 100 per cent.”

Convicted pedophile moves in

10th December 2008


WITHOUT so much as a murmur, a convicted child sex offender has arrived in the Rose City and has settled into a suburban street.

Warwick Police have confirmed Brett Perry Hewlett arrived from Byron Bay four weeks ago.

Hewlett is currently residing in Canning Street the same road as Warwick East State School.

Police confirmed Hewlett has committed sex crimes against children in the past, but said they were not at liberty to provide the Daily News with any details of the 48 year old’s previous convictions.

A spokeswoman for Police and Corrective Services Minister Judy Spence also said information on Hewlett’s past crimes was not currently available to be released.

The Daily News became aware of the pedophile’s presence here after he appeared in the Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday charged with failing to report to authorities when he returned to Queensland from New South Wales recently.

As a registered sex offender, Hewlett must report any movement to and from the Sunshine State to authorities in line with child protection legislation, the court heard. He admitted to the court he had not done this, although he was aware of the conditions he was under.

Hewlett, who suffers from a heart condition, a hearing problem and a short leg, is currently seeking a disability pension.

Magistrate Anne Thacker placed him on six months probation, telling him to follow reporting conditions.

Magistrate Thacker told Hewlett if he did not get the message regarding these conditions over the next six months “something will be done”.

He was placed under the supervision of a probation officer to ensure his conditions were not breached further in the future.

The court also heard Hewlett, who resided in Brisbane before moving to Byron Bay and then to Warwick, had been living on the streets in Sandgate for a time and had moved here in an attempt to “stabilise his life”.

Canning Street parents yesterday said they were concerned a man with Hewlett’s past was able to move in so suddenly and without their knowledge.

Mick Pillar has two children aged six and eight. “It’s not good nobody has told us about this,” Mr Pillar said.

The father of two was quick to put forward his suggestions about what should happen to Hewlett, most of which were unfit for publication.

“The police should get him out of here he should be locked up,” Mr Pillar said.

Fellow resident Tamika Wilton whose two and five-year-old children regularly come over to play with Mr Pillar’s children shared his disgust.

“People who hurt children should be locked up there is no place for them in the Warwick community,” Ms Wilton said.

Dia Vickland has a six-year-old daughter and only moved into a block of units on Canning Street at the weekend. “It’s a bit of a shock really; there are a lot of kids on this street,” Ms Vickland said.

“My daughter doesn’t walk to school by herself and never plays alone so she should be safe.” More tomorrow.

Man guilty of child porn downloads

April 08, 2008

HE was a volunteer at church, a foster parent and a presenter on our community radio station but in his retirement, 70-year-old David Anthony Bayley became “somewhat bored”, pleading guilty yesterday to possessing and distributing child exploitation material.

The former Warwick resident was given a six-month intensive correction order when he appeared in the Warwick District Court after police found 146 indecent images of children on his computer last August.

Prosecutor Mark Pollock told the court Bayley’s excuse for having the images of partially or fully naked young female children engaged in sexual acts with adults was because he was bored in the eight months since his retirement and they “sometimes gave him pleasure”.

Judge Tutt said Bayley’s excuse of being bored was “pathetic in the extreme”.

He said it was even more “despicable” that Bayley had the pictures after having a history of involvement in church and community work.

“Any offence concerning children appalls me as it does to any other civilised member of society,” Judge Tutt said.

Bayley was found to have received and distributed pictures with two other men he met on an Internet chat room between August 1 and 16.

Defence counsel Phill Crook said he did not share the pictures with anyone outside the “circular group”.

Mr Crook said his client, an aged pensioner and widower, had no previous criminal charges, was “very remorseful” and rarely accessed the indecent images after he sent them to the other men.

Judge Tutt took this into account in the sentencing but said he viewed the charges “very seriously”.

He said exploitation of children was “repugnant” and community standards needed to be reflected in his sentence.

Bayley has left the Warwick area to live with his daughter and her family near Kingaroy.