Northern Territory to launch online public sex offender register-Please follow suit


Bruce and Denise Morcombe

Photo: Bruce and Denise Morcombe attended the announcement of the NT’s public sex offender register. (ABC News: Ruby Jones)

Convicted sex offenders in the Northern Territory will soon have their name, image, physical description and whereabouts posted on a government website.

Legislation announced today has been named Daniel’s Law after Queensland teenager Daniel Morcombe, who was murdered in 2003 by a convicted sex offender on parole.

Although details have not been finalised, it was believed all of the information published about a sex offender would be publicly accessible.

The NT Criminal Lawyers Association slammed the idea, saying naming and shaming made it harder for offenders to rehabilitate without making anyone safer.

NT Attorney-General John Elferink said it would be the first website of its kind in Australia and it was expected to be launched next year.

Western Australia has an online sex register but access has several tiers of restrictions.

It is not yet clear how approximate the location information for the NT register will be. Mr Elferink said the website would include the “regional whereabouts”.

We truly hope that the introduction of Daniel’s Law will prevent another family going through the pain and grief we experienced following Daniel’s death.

Bruce and Denise Morcombe

“We’ll list them by geographical region reasonably close to where [people] live. It is not a system of exact addresses,” he said.

“They will be able to see who the sexual predators are in the community. They’ll be able to recognise the sexual predators and protect their children.

“We believe that the public’s right to know takes precedence over the privacy concerns for serious sex offenders.

“The initiative will allow individuals and families to familiarise themselves with important details and be more vigilant about named serious sex offenders living in and around the area.”

Daniel’s Law modelled on Megan’s Law in US

The NT chose to pursue its own legislation after a proposed national sex offenders register was knocked back at the recent Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting, according to Mr Elferink.

“From our perspective if it’s not done at a Commonwealth level then we’re going to do it in the NT and proudly so,” he said.

“Does a government make this information available or not? The answer from the NT is ‘yes, yes we do’.

“There is no guarantee a website would have protected Daniel. We know we should pull out all stops as a society and as a community to create for parents an environment to protect their children.”

He said the NT system would be modelled on Megan’s Law in the United States – the informal name for sex offender registration and community notification laws, which have been passed at US federal and state levels.

However, unlike Megan’s Law, Daniel’s Law will not list offenders’ exact address.

The Attorney-General said the Government had not yet decided on the definition of “serious sex offender”.

“We’ll create a definition which is appropriate and then have further flexible arrangements to make sure the right people are placed on our serious sex offenders website.”

He said parents were in a better position to protect their child when they were armed with detailed information.

“While the Northern Territory Police will continue to track and monitor around 200 sex offenders in the community, this tool is designed to deliver information to the community about the most serious offenders in an easy, user-friendly way,” he said.

‘You’d hate to be the last state to have a register’

Daniel’s parents Bruce and Denise Morcombe, who have been calling for the introduction of a national child sex offender register, said they hoped the NT register would spread across the country.

“Of course sometimes one can imagine the paedophiles and the predators on the NT sex offenders register may well not want to be in the NT any longer,” Mr Morcombe said.

“They may migrate to other states and territories.

“You’d hate to be the last state to have a sex offenders register up and running. You’re going to get truckloads of people you don’t want in your state.”

The couple, who were in Darwin for the announcement, said they commended the NT’s decision.

“The NT has taken a leadership step,” Mr Morcombe said. “They were the first to do so.

“This is for ordinary Australians. It is to get the good people at arms length from the predators.

“We want protection for our kids.

“Daniel’s Law we are confident will assist in the mission to make sure kids of Australia are safe.

“We think it is breathtakingly simple but at the end of the day will make a massive difference for children right around the country.

“I am sure the feedback from that will migrate to other states and they’ll say, ‘Why not us?'”

Daniel disappeared when he was 13 while waiting for a bus at Woombye on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast in 2003.

His remains were found in bushland eight years later.

His convicted killer, Brett Peter Cowan, had a long history of sexually abusing children.

He had been arrested and sentenced in 1989 for two years in jail after molesting a boy in a public toilets.

Four years later, while living in a caravan park in Darwin, Cowan attacked a six-year-old boy. He later pleaded guilty to gross indecency, grievous bodily harm and deprivation of liberty.

He was sentenced to seven years’ jail and released on parole four years later.

‘Terrible idea will turn people into vigilantes’

Public online sex registers make it harder for offenders to rehabilitate, increase the chance they will re-offend, and do not make anyone safer, according to NT Criminal Lawyers Association president Russell Goldflam.

He said the NT Government’s proposal was “terrible”.

From our perspective if it’s not done at a Commonwealth level then we’re going to do it in the NT and proudly so. Does a government make this information available or not? The answer from the NT is ‘yes, yes we do’.

John Elferink, NT Attorney-General

“Laws like this have been tried in the US, mainly over the last couple of decades,” he said. “They don’t result in anyone being safer or the level of recidivism being decreased.

“There are some real costs. They are expensive to run but more importantly is they can get in the way of people being rehabilitated.

“This can result in people going underground instead of engaging with those who can assist them to stop reoffending

“In a place like the the NT we expect anyone who is going to be put on the register will leave the NT and go somewhere else. That doesn’t help anybody. It just makes it harder to keep track of them.”

He said the system would further stigmatise, prejudice and stereotype convicted sex offenders.

“A very significant range of laws operate to protect the community from people who may be at risk of reoffending,” he said. “There is already a register, already a provision for for identifying offenders, already laws to detain serious repeat sex offenders.

“Where these laws have been passed in the US – and they have in some places included exact places where people live – vigilantes have murdered people on the list or people they believe are on the list, even if they weren’t child sex offenders.

“The Attorney-General says this will make people be more vigilant.

“Our concern is this will make more people into vigilantes.”

Teacher Diane Brimble, a disgusting sexual deviant pursued 10 yr old


Watch out for this person when she gets out from her pathetic sentence which is due to be handed down in 2 days ( 9th October). A teacher, Brimble had a 10 year old boys name, whom she pursued for sex, tattooed on her breasts as some sort of sick show of love WTF? 

Reading this will have you just shaking your head in disbelief.

What did I pre warn you about? What the hell is going on in the courts, surely a teacher is just below a doctor in the trust stakes as far as a family and their children are concerned???

How proud this sicko must of once felt. Too obvious to fiddle her own, Becoming a teacher opened up a whole new world.

In a class of her own

Raising eight children on her own and dealing with a two-hour return commute was never going to stop Diane Brimble from achieving her goal of becoming a teacher.

The youngest of her eight kids was just a toddler when the Hamilton woman began her four-year Bachelor of Education (primary) degree in Warrnambool.

If there weren’t enough barriers to gaining a tertiary education in the country, add the extra parental responsibility of being a foster carer.

“I help out with foster kids when I’m needed,” she told The Standard.

“I’ve had children for a few nights and up to nine months.”

Ms Brimble yesterday officially marked her graduation from Deakin University when the campus held three ceremonies honouring nearly 200 students.

It was the culmination of a long journey to realise her dream, which had begun much earlier when she completed her VCE over two years via correspondence.

“I actually sat exams in Hamilton at the same time as my two eldest children, which was interesting. We tried not to compete,” she laughed.

Even a supermum needs her unsung heroes to be able to tackle such a workload.

Ms Brimble said she had a lot of support from friends and her university lecturers to help her complete her studies.

“I travelled from Hamilton to Warrnambool up to four times a week depending on my schedule.

‘‘It was a bit tiring but it was all worth it.

“I was fortunate to have a travel buddy in Trish Cordner, who also graduates today,” she said yesterday.

“I guess I always wanted to be a teacher and finally set out to achieve that.”

Not content with taking her foot off the pedal and celebrating her success, Ms Brimble is working part-time as a teacher-librarian at The Hamilton and Alexandra College and is studying for her Masters in Education.

“Doing this gave me the confidence that I can achieve what I set out to achieve, so I haven’t stopped studying.”

Ms Brimble said her children, aged six to 24, were proud of her efforts.

“They have been very supportive and so have my friends.

“I wouldn’t have been able to do it without their help.”

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Primary school teacher Diane Brimble avoids jail over sex request to 10-year-old boy

A female primary school teacher who propositioned a 10-year-old boy for sex and had his name tattooed on her chest has avoided jail.

Mother of eight Diane Brimble from Hamilton in Victoria’s west, pleaded guilty to one charge of engaging in an indecent act with a child.

The court heard the 47-year-old propositioned the boy for sex when he was at her home to play with her children.

The boy, who suffered Asperger syndrome, rejected her advances saying he was not old enough.

The court heard Brimble told the boy: “You are when you’re at my house.”

Brimble had his name with an infinity symbol tattooed on her chest, and wrote letters to him declaring her undying love.

The judge read part of one of the letters in court.

I am at a complete loss to understand why you engaged in such utterly inappropriate conduct which must dismay every parent.

Judge Mark Taft

“I miss you more than words can say. I can’t write how much I miss you because there just aren’t enough words,” Brimble’s letter to the boy said.

“I love you more than you will ever know. There will never be anyone else in my heart.”

In sentencing, Judge Mark Taft said it beggared belief that a mature-aged woman would write such a letter to her student.

“I am at a complete loss to understand why you engaged in such utterly inappropriate conduct which must dismay every parent,” he said.

“While this is not a case of sexual penetration or of fondling the genitals of a child, your propositioning of a 10-year-old child demands significantly greater punishment and denunciation than the nominal punishment advocated by your counsel.”

He sentenced Brimble to a two-year community corrections order.

She will be a registered sex offender for eight years.

Boy believed Brimble had cast a spell on him

The court had previously heard from the boy’s mother who told the court Brimble turned her son into a “sexual commodity”.

She said they had to move from their community and the boy was placed on antipsychotic medication.

She said it also impacted on his siblings.

“They drew pictures of rainbows and unicorns. He drew black pictures of knives and death,” she said, reading her victim impact statement to the court.

The boy’s father said his son would not look at his parents as he believed Brimble had cast a spell on him which allowed her to see and hear everything he did.

Diane Brimble leaves the Melbourne County Court

Diane Brimble leaves the Melbourne County Court

Teacher Diane Brimble branded ‘evil’ for asking 10-year-old boy for sex

Angus Thompson
Herald Sun
October 06, 2014 2:13PM

A PRIMARY school teacher who asked a 10-year-old boy to have sex with her has been described by the victim’s parents as an “evil” woman who destroyed their son’s innocence.
Hamilton teacher Diane Brimble, 47, was found guilty of committing an indecent act with a child under 16 in Warrnambool County Court in August this year.
A jury dismissed four of the five charges against her, including grooming the boy.
But the child’s mother said Brimble – a teacher at the boy’s school – violated her position of care and responsibility over him.

“He trusted her and she betrayed the trust everyone placed in her and a teacher and a mother and a woman,” the boy’s mother said in a statement she read out in the Melbourne County Court.

Brimble had pleaded not guilty to the allegations, including that she showed him a suitcase containing sex toys and exposed her breasts to him.
The mother of eight, who had struck up a relationship with him and had his name tattooed to her chest was found guilty of asking him for sex after driving him to her house.
Judge Mark Taft said the boy rejected her advances.
“He said he wasn’t old enough to have sex and she said ‘you are when you’re at my house’,” Mr Taft said.
The boy’s mother, who cannot be named because it would identify the boy, said her son had been driven to self-harm by Brimble’s actions: “a hell Brimble’s predatory actions thrust upon him.”
“I feel sickened…as a mother…that she did this under the guise of motherly love,” she said.
The boy’s dad described himself as “the father of a child who was the victim of sexual assault.”
He said his son believed Brimble, who had also sent inappropriate texts and Facebook messages to the boy, was a “horrible woman who cast a spell on him.”
“She tried to manipulate (boy’s name) to make him think she loved him and his parents did not.
“She has shattered our family,” the father said through a statement read out by Crown Prosecutor Patrick Bourke.
He said Brimble was an “evil woman” who forced the family to move and for his son to change school and repeat his education.
“I feel sick every time I think of my son’s name tattooed onto her body,” he said.
Mr Bourke argued Brimble should be convicted, undergo treatment under a community corrections order and be placed on the sex offenders register.
She will be stripped of her teacher’s registration.
Jennifer Clark, acting for Brimble, said her client had endured a difficult upbringing, been the subject of an abusive marriage, and fought hard to become a teacher.
Mr Taft said he remained baffled by Brimble’s behaviour following a psychological assessment he described as a “barracker’s report”.

“I had hoped some report would provide some understanding and insight…I have none,” he said.

Brimble will be sentenced in the County Court at 10am on Thursday.


 

Teacher who tried to have sex with 10-year-old got child’s name tattooed on her chest, court hears

6 Oct 2014, 3:59pm
A primary school teacher who tried to have sex with one of her students got the boy’s name tattooed onto her chest, a court has been told.
Diane Brimble, 47, of Hamilton in Victoria’s south-west, tried to have sex with the 10-year-old boy but he rejected her advances, the Victorian County Court heard.
The boy’s mother told the court Brimble, a mother of eight, turned her son into a “sexual commodity”.
She said they had to move from their community and the boy was placed on antipsychotic medication.
She said it also impacted on his siblings.
“They drew pictures of rainbows and unicorns. He drew black pictures of knives and death,” she said, reading her victim impact statement to the court.
The boy’s father said his son would not look at his parents as he believed Brimble had cast a spell on him which allowed her to see and hear everything he did.
The father’s victim impact statement was read to the court by prosecutor Patrick Bourke, who said Brimble tried to tour the boy’s new school and enrol her children there.
Judge Mark Taft said a psychological report tendered by Brimble’s lawyer Jennifer Clark did not help and was essentially barracking for her.
“I remain entirely bewildered by Ms Brimble’s psycho-sexual profile and her motive,” Judge Taft said.
“It’s an unusual case and I find Ms Brimble’s conduct as bizarre as I have ever seen in a courtroom.

“We have a 45-year-old school teacher who, amongst other things, has written extraordinary material about a 10-year-old child who wasn’t her own, has tattooed his name on her chest in an infinity symbol, and has engaged in a series of statements of continuing love and affection.”

Judge Taft said it was not a case of misplaced maternal sentiment.
This is a criminal offence, not an excess of maternal sentiment.

Judge Mark Taft
“You don’t seek to have sex with your children,” he said.
“This is a criminal offence, not an excess of maternal sentiment.”

A jury convicted Brimble of one count of committing an indecent act on a child under 16.
She was acquitted of five other charges.


Female teacher ‘groomed’ student, 10

October 6, 2014 – 1:47PM
Mark Russell
Court Reporter for The Age

Diane Brimble leaves Warrnambool Law Courts. Photo-Rob Gunstone

Diane Brimble leaves Warrnambool Law Courts. Photo-Rob Gunstone

Convinced she was in love with her 10-year-old student, primary school teacher and mother of eight Diane Brimble had his name and the infinity symbol tattooed on her chest, a court has heard.
The boy’s mother told the County Court on Monday that she used to call her son, ‘Smiles’, but Brimble had “hurt him in his heart” after Brimble had groomed him.
The mother said while her daughters would draw rainbows and unicorns, he drew black pictures of knives and death. She felt sickened as a mother that Brimble’s offending was “under the guise of motherly love”.
“The commemorative tattoo etched into her body of my child’s name in the symbol of infinity coupled with her belief in spells and spirits makes me convinced that she truly believes she is meant to be united in dreams for eternity,” the boy’s mother said in a victim impact statement read to the court.
The boy’s father said his son believed “this horrible woman” had cast a spell on him which meant anything he heard or saw she could hear and see too, which was why he refused to look at his parents or talk about what Brimble had done.
Brimble, 47, of Hamilton, appeared in the County Court on Monday for a pre-sentence hearing after a jury sitting in Warrnambool found her guilty of one count of committing an indecent act with a child under 16 between January 1 and April 19, 2013.
Judge Mark Taft said Brimble had hugged the boy at her house and asked him if he wanted to sleep with her. The boy asked her what she meant and she said, “sex.” The boy pushed Brimble’s hands away as she kissed him on the cheek and told him she loved him.
He told his teacher he was not old enough to have sex but Brimble told him, “You are when you are at my house.”
“It is an unusual case. I find Ms Brimble’s conduct as bizarre as any I have ever seen in a courtroom,” Judge Taft said.
The boy’s mother said she was proud of her son for rejecting Brimble’s sexual advances.
“He knew right from wrong,” she said before warning other parents not to be naive and trust anyone “with your beautiful children”.
Brimble’s predatory actions when trying to turn her little boy into a sexual commodity had had a profound effect on him and his family, the mother said.
She was now worried the boy, who has had to repeat a year at school, might blame her for not protecting him from Brimble.
“I have failed as a mother because I did not keep him safe,” she said.
The mother said the family had moved out of the community but still did a double-take if they saw anyone with bleached blonde hair similar to Brimble’s.
She was repulsed at how Brimble had used “guile and artifice” to make her son doubt that his parents loved him so she could offer him solace and fun.
Brimble had set out to exploit her little boy and stole part of his innocence.
The boy’s father said he lived day by day trying to protect him now. “I feel sick every time I think of my son’s name tattooed on her body,” he said in his victim impact statement read to the court.
“Who knows what scars he will carry with him forever.”

Judge Taft was critical of a psychological report tendered by Brimble’s defence barrister which claimed Brimble had only been trying to support the boy through difficult and challenging times and had been naive not to realise the child could have misinterpreted her kindness.
The judge said the psychological report failed to explain Brimble’s reasons for her offending.

“I remain entirely baffled by Ms Brimble’s psycho-sexual profile and her motivation,” he said. Judge Taft said Brimble’s conduct was bizarre and he agreed with the boy’s description that his teacher had been acting “weird”.

Brimble will be sentenced on Thursday.

Rolf Harris-FOUND GUILTY-Sentenced to 5yrs 9 months


ROLF OFF TO JAIL

There is a lot going on with this case. I was almost laughing seeing him helped out of a limo looking all crippled and old taking one step every 3 seconds to walk into court. For Christ sake, he was running a round a stage a few months ago happy as Larry despite his age. This is setting up on his side to get no jail time. I drafted some posts about identifying it was him who was the old Australian entertainer being investigated because the Aussie media was too gutless to say out loud what everyone knew. Harris like so many in the 70’s and 80’s thought they were SO famous they were untouchable. Sadly the girls in their vicinity were NOT.

“Your reputation lies in ruins, you have been stripped of your honours, but you have no-one to blame but yourself,” Justice Sweeney told the convicted paedophile.

UPDATE JUNE 4th 2014

Rolf Harris sentencing: a transcript of Justice Nigel Sweeney’s remarks

Rolf Harris has been sentenced to five years and nine months for assaults on four girls.

THE judge said it plainly and powerfully.

These are the damning words Justice Nigel Sweeney used when he handed down Rolf Harris’s jail sentence, listing the star’s crimes and stating he had not shown any remorse.

Read them and remind yourself why he was jailed. Some of the sentences may be confronting revealing much more detail than what was reported

“Rolf Harris, you are 84 years old. You have no previous criminal convictions or cautions recorded against you. You are no longer in the best of health. For well over 50 years you have been a popular entertainer and television personality of international standing – with a speciality in children’s entertainment. You are also an artist of renown. You have been the recipient of a number of honours and awards over the years. You have done many good and charitable works and numerous people have attested to your positive good character.

But the verdicts of the jury show that in the period from 1969 to 1986 you were also a sex offender – committing 12 offences of indecent assault on 4 victims who were variously aged between 8 and 19 at the time. There were a number of aggravating features. You took advantage of the trust placed in you, because of your celebrity status, to commit the offences against three of your victims ‘A’ (Count 1), ‘B’ (Count 2) and Tonya Lee (Counts 10-12). All your offences in relation to ‘C’ (Counts 3-9) were committed in breach of the trust that her parents had placed in you, and two of them took place in her own home. In every case the age gap between you and your victim was a very considerable one.

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You clearly got a thrill from committing the offences whilstwhiles were present or nearby. Whilst others did not realise what you were doing, their presence added to the ordeal of your victims. It is clear from the evidence that what you did has had a significant adverse effect on each victim, and particularly so in relation to ‘C’ who suffered severe psychological injury in consequence. None of the victims had the confidence to complain at the time. Each, including Tonya Lee, and especially ‘C’, showed considerable courage in eventually coming forward and in giving evidence.

You have shown no remorse for your crimes at all. Your reputation now lies in ruins, you have been stripped of your honours but you have no one to blame but yourself.

On Count 1 you indecently assaulted ‘A’ in 1969 (when she was aged 8 and you were aged 39). You did so when you made an appearance at the Leigh Park Community Centre in Havant, and she approached you for your autograph. Others were present. Taking advantage of your celebrity status, you twice put your hand up her skirt between her legs and touched her vagina over her clothing. In her Victim Impact Statement ‘A’ states, which I am sure is true, that you took her childhood innocence – for which she blamed herself and became an angry child and teenager, unable to express herself and unable to trust men. She continued “I have carried what Rolf Harris did to me for most of my life, it took away my childhood, it affected every aspect of my life from the point he assaulted me. Something that he did to me for fun that caused me physical and mental pain for his own pleasure and then probably forgot about as quickly as he did it, has had a catastrophic effect on me…..”

On Count 2 I have no doubt that you indecently assaulted ‘B’ in July 1978 (when she was aged 16. and you were aged 48). You did so on the day that you took part in Star Games on Jesus Green in Cambridge. You were clowning around and took advantage of the fact that she was somewhat awestrawe-struckn others were present. You groped her bottom, squeezing her left buttock a number of times. In her Victim Impact Statement, which I am also sure is true, she says amongst other things “…Rolf Harris took advantage of me and made me feel ashamed. That an adult man could do what he did to me made me feel so powerless. He treated me like a toy that he played with for his own pleasure with absolutely no regard for what he was inflicting and then getting on with his life as if nothing had happened….”.

‘C’ and her family began living across the road from you and your family in Sydenham in the mid 1960s. She and your daughter Bindi became the very best of friends. In late 1978 when ‘C’ was aged 13 and you were aged 48 you were allowed by ‘C’s parents to take her on holiday with your wife and Bindi to Canada, Hawaii and Australia. Her parents trusted you to look after their daughter and continued to do so after the end of the holiday. I have no doubt that you fancied ‘C’ – even at that young age. I make clear that I am not sentencing you in relation to what happened on that holiday, but I am sure, in the light of the jury’s verdicts, that ‘C’ gave truthful evidence as to what occurred, and that it was the indecent assaults that you carried out on that holiday that emboldened you to commit offences against her in this country thereafter.

On Count 3 you indecently assaulted ‘C’ in the latter part of 1980 by which time she was aged 15 and you were aged 50. You had moved to Bray, and were visiting the ‘Cs’ with your wife. You committed the offence in breach of trust, and it was further aggravated by being committed in ‘C’’s own home. You left your wife and ‘C’’s parents downstairs and you went up to ‘C’s bedroom on the top floor of the house. You spat on the fingers of one hand, put that hand down her jeans and knickers, and digitally penetrated her vagina. The episode lasted for about a minute until she managed to get away.

On Count 4 you indecently assaulted ‘C’ after Xmas 1980 when she was still aged 15 and you were aged 50. Again you were visiting the ‘C’s with your wife. Again you committed the offence in breach of trust and it was further aggravated by being committed in ‘C’’s own home. You left your wife and ‘C’’s parents downstairs whilstwhileent up to the TV room on the first floor where ‘C’ was. You spat on the fingers of one hand, put that hand down her dungarees and knickers and digitally penetrated her vagina. You continued for up to a minute until she managed to get away.

Counts 5 & 6 arose from a single incident in the period between the autumn of 1980 and Easter 1981 when ‘C’ was aged 15 and you were aged 50. ‘C’ was visiting Bindi at Bray and was permitted by her parents to stay – sleeping in one of two single beds in Bindi’s room. On this occasion after Bindi had got up, and whilstwhilend/or your wife were in the house, and again in breach of trust, you went into the bedroom where ‘C’ was still in bed. You took her pants down, spat on the fingers of one of your hands, and digitally penetrated her vagina (Count 5), then you took off your glasses bent down to her vagina and started licking it (Count 6) – continuing until she closed her legs and pushed you away.

Counts 7 & 8 arose from another single incident in the same period between the autumn of 1980 and Easter 1981- and thus when ‘C’ was still aged 15 and you were aged 50. Again ‘C’ was visiting Bindi at Bray and was sleeping in one of the two single beds in Bindi’s room. On this occasion, whilstwhile was still asleep in her bed and ‘C’ was in the other bed you entered the room, again in breach of trust, pulled ‘C’s pants down to her ankles, spat on the fingers of one hand and digitally penetrated her vagina (Count 7), then you licked her vagina again keeping an eye on Bindi (who was still asleep) as you did so (Count 8) – continuing until ‘C’ closed her legs and pushed you away.

On Count 9 you indecently assaulted ‘C’ in 1984 when she was aged 19 andyou were aged 54. On this occasion she and her mother were visiting your wife at Bray. ‘C’ was using the indoor swimming pool when you appeared in your swimming trunks and got in. Your wife and Mrs ‘C’ (who trusted you) withdrew to another part of the house whereupon you touched ‘C’s breasts and then put one of your hands down her bikini bottom and digitally penetrated her vagina.

Whilst not sentencing you in relation to what you did to ‘C’ in the decade that followed that offence, I am sure that offences against her continued until 1994. Indeed the point is made on your behalf that you have not committed any further offences since then. In her Victim Impact Statement, which I am sure is true, ‘C’ says, among other things, “…The attacks that happened have made me feel dirty, grubby and disgusting. The whole sordid saga has traumatised me. I have panic attacks and suffer from anxiety. The effects of the abuse have been with me for many years. I started drinking at the age of 14 to 15 years old. This was to block out the effects of what he was doing to me. This had an effect on my relationship with my parents and people close to me. The slightest thing would upset me, I would get so angry, my reaction would be so disproportionate and over the top. As a young girl I had aspirations to have a career, settle down and have a family. However, as a direct result of his actions, this has never materialised.

I have never had a meaningful relationship. I have also never been able to hold down a job. This was down to the need to block out what he had done to me through drink. Rolf Harris had a hold over me that made me a quivering wreck….He made me feel like a sexual object. He used and abused me to such an extent that it made me feel worthless….. I suffered abuse at the hands of a person who thought he could get away with it. He made me feel that would not be believed and as a result I suffered in silence. This has had a detrimental effect on my life and health outcome….”.I have no doubt, in view of the evidence given at trial by ‘C’, and by the doctors and counsellors who treated her, that it was your crimes against her that resulted in her becoming an alcoholic for many years with all that that entailed, and that thus (as I have already touched on) you caused her severe psychological harm

On Count 10 you indecently assaulted Tonya Lee on 31 May 1986 – when she was aged 15 and you were aged 56. She was one of the Shopfront Theatre Group from Sydney, Australia who were on a tour of the UK at that time. You knew the lady who was in charge of the Group, and at her invitation had attended the Group’s last performance on the tour which was in South London. Thereafter you accompanied them to a public house called the Queen’s Arms. It was there, in the presence of others, that you committed the offence. Taking advantage of you celebrity status you got Tonya to sit on your knee, put your hand on her thigh under her skirt and moved it up to her vagina over her tights and knickers and fondled her there until she managed to make an excuse and fled to the Ladies toilet.

You followed her to the vicinity of the toilet and waited outside.

Counts 11 & 12 arose from a single incident after she came out. Others, although not present, were nearby. You got her in a forceful bear hug, put one hand down her top and into her bra and played with one of her breasts for about 30 seconds, fondling and squeezing it (Count 11).

Then, really quickly, you moved the same hand under her skirt, down her tights and knickers and quickly digitally penetrated her vagina (Count 12). You then stopped and walked away.

In an email from Australia Tonya Lee writes that what you did to her was a turning point in her life that she has never recovered from. She says, among other things, that “…What Rolf Harris took from me was my self belief and more so the ability to feel safe. I have never felt safe since. I live in a constant state of anxiety”.., She goes on to describe the difficulties that she and her children have faced since and continues “…What Mr Harris took from me was my very essence. I believe that it was for Mr Harris a forgettable moment but it was something for me that I have never moved on from and will never forget…” I proceed upon the basis, as both sides have invited me to, that (consistent with her evidence at trial) your offences were not the sole cause of Tonya Lee’s problems.

It was in the mid 1990s, and after it had stopped, that ‘C’ then still an alcoholic, finally told her family what you had done to her. In 1997 she confronted you and you sent that letter to her father in the hope of avoiding or minimising the consequences. You succeeded at that stage, but only because she was in no fit state to face making an official complaint.However, following her brave recovery from alcoholism, and after extensive counselling and support from her family, it was ‘C’’s eventual complaint in the autumn of 2012 which began the series of events that led to your prosecution and conviction. I apply the approach to sentencing historic sexual offences set out in Annex B of the current Sentencing Council Definitive Guideline, and have also considered the guidance given in the judgment of the Court of Appeal in Attorney General’s Reference (No.38 of 2013)(R v Stuart Hall) [2014] 1 Cr.App.R. (S.) 61

The maximum sentence on Count 1 is one of 5 years’ imprisonment, on each of Counts 2-9 it is one of 2 year’s imprisonment, and on each of Counts 10-12 it is one of 10 years’ imprisonment.

With the exception of Counts 10 & 11 the equivalent offences today attract significantly higher maximum sentences. For example on Count 1 the equivalent offence today is sexual assault of a child which carries a maximum of 14 years’ imprisonment and would be likely to involve a starting point of around one year’s imprisonment. On Counts 3,4,5,7,9&12 the equivalent offence today is assault by penetration which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment and would be likely, to involve a starting point (given the severity of the psychological damage to ‘C’) of around 8 years’ imprisonment on Counts 3,4,5,7, & 9 and a starting point of around 4 years’ imprisonment on Count 12 On your behalf I am asked to take into account a number of matters in mitigation, including the following:

(1) With the exception of ‘C’ the offences were brief and opportunistic.

(2) The fact that you have no previous convictions and have led an upright life since 1994 – albeit it is accepted that that must be tempered by the reality, underlined in the Attorney General’s Reference (above), that you got away with your offending for years.

(3) The fact that you have a good side, that there are many people who know you who speak well of you, and that over many years you have dedicated yourself to a number of charitable causes.

(4) The fact that you are not in the best of health, as attested to in the report of Dr Fertleman, and that therefore, although capable of serving a prison sentence, it will be particularly tough on you.

(5) The fact that your wife, who you help in looking after, has various health problems, as attested to in the report of Dr Mitchell-Fox.

(6) That you should be enabled to spend your twilight years with your family.

I have no doubt, despite your age and the other matters relied upon in mitigation on your behalf, that given the seriousness of the offences and particularly those in relation to ‘C’) and the extent of the aggravating features that I have identified only an immediate custodial sentence is appropriate for each. Sensibly, no argument to the contrary has been put forward on your behalf. Some of the sentences will be consecutive – in passing them I bear firmly in mind the principle of totality and have reduced a number of the sentences that I would otherwise have passed accordingly.

The sentences that I impose are as follows:

  • Count 1: 9 months’ imprisonment.
  • Count 2: 6 months’ imprisonment consecutive.
  • Count 3: 15 months’ imprisonment consecutive
  • Count 4: 15 months’ imprisonment concurrent
  • Count 5: 15 months’ imprisonment concurrent
  • Count 6: 12 months imprisonment concurrent
  • Count 7: 15 months’ imprisonment consecutive
  • Count 8: 12 months’ imprisonment concurrent
  • Count 9: 12 months’ imprisonment consecutive
  • Count 10: 9 months’ imprisonment concurrent
  • Count 11 9 months imprisonment concurrent.
  • Count 12 12 months’ imprisonment consecutive

The total sentence is therefore one of 5 years and nine months’ imprisonment.Unless released earlier, you will serve half that sentence when you will be released on licence for the remainder of the sentence. Should you breach the terms of that licence, including by the commission of further offences, you will be liable to recall.

Your convictions mean that you are automatically subject to the notification requirements of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and you will also be considered under the provisions of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006.

In my view it is not appropriate for me to make any awards of compensation. The issues involved are too complex and the information before me insufficient for me to be able to properly do so.

You will however pay the costs of the prosecution in such sum as may be agreed or assessed in due course.

I order that a copy of the medical report from Dr Fertleman be provided to the Prison Service for their information.”

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Rolf Harris-FOUND GUILTY-Sentenced to 5yrs 9 months

Rolf Harris jailed for more than five years for indecently assaulting young girls

Australian-born TV presenter guilty of seven assaults against daughter’s childhood friend and of groping an eight-year-old

theguardian.com, Friday 4 July 2014 13.19 BST

Rolf Harris

Rolf Harris arrives at court. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Rolf Harris has been jailed for carrying out a series of indecent assaults on young women and girls, including an eight-year-old autograph hunter and the 13-year-old friend of his daughter.

The judge, Mr Justice Sweeney, sentenced the 84-year-old entertainer to a total of five years and nine months in prison on 12 counts of indecent assault. Some of the sentences are to be served consecutively and others concurrently.

A jury at Southwark crown court on Monday unanimously found Harris guilty on the 12 charges of indecent assault, including seven against the childhood friend of his daughter, beginning when the girl was aged 13 and on holiday. The court heard that Harris continued a sexual liaison with the woman, 35 years his junior, until her late 20s.

Before a packed courtroom on Friday, Sweeney said to Harris: “You showed no remorse. You took advantage of the trust placed in you through celebrity status … You clearly got a thrill from committing offences while others were nearby. You have shown no remorse at all.

“Your reputation lies in ruins [and] you have nobody to blame but yourself.”

Rolf Harris leaving his home for sentencing by boat

Rolf Harris leaves his home for court by boat. Photograph: Sky TV

As the judge spoke, Harris and his family listened in expressionless silence.

Before sentencing, Harris listened impassively as victim impact statements were read out to the court. The former friend of his daughter, Bindi, said the abuse he inflicted had made her drink, wrecked her career and given her panic attacks.

“The attacks that happened have made me feel dirty, grubby and disgusting. The whole sordid saga has traumatised me,” the statement said. “As a young girl I had aspirations to have a career, settle down and have a family. However, as a direct result of his actions, this has never materialised. The knowledge of what he had done to me haunted me. However, his popularity with the British public made it harder for me to deal with.”

The woman said she had been convinced nobody would believe her. “My loved ones couldn’t understand why I drank so much until I told them what Rolf had done to me for so long.”

Another victim, who was assaulted by Harris when she visited England as a teenager, said the incident was a turning point in her life from which she had never recovered.

“I have never felt safe since, I live in a constant state of anxiety,” she said. “What Mr Harris took from me was my very essence, I believe that it was for Mr Harris a forgettable moment but it was something for me I will never move on from. I know the person I am today is not the person I should have been.”

A third victim, who was indecently assaulted by Harris as she sought his autograph at a community centre when she was seven or eight, said the incident had taken away her childhood. “I became an angry child, unable to express myself and unable to trust men,” she said.

Speaking of this victim, the judge told Harris he had taken away her childhood.

Sweeney also said he had no doubt Harris “fancied” the friend of his daughter, Bindi, and it was Harris’s crimes that made the victim as she was. Harris had caused her “severe psychological harm”.

The defence counsel Sonia Woodley QC said in mitigation that apart from the assaults against his daughter’s friend, Harris’s crimes were brief and “opportunistic, not predatory”. For the last 20 years he had led an “upright life”, and he had been patron of 16 charities, she said.

Since his arrest in 2012 Harris had been “a prisoner in his own home” due to the media frenzy, Woodley said. He was now 84 and “living on borrowed time”, and the prison term should reflect this.

As well as the four victims whose evidence formed the charges, the trial heard evidence from six more alleged victims as “bad character” witnesses. Seven more alleged victims did not give their evidence for legal reasons.

During and since the court case several other women have come forward to make allegations against Harris, with the police and the NSPCC charity saying they have received a number of calls.

The prosecution barrister Sasha Wass QC told the court on Friday that Harris had also been charged with four counts of viewing indecent images, which were to have been tried separately, but the Crown Prosecution Service would not pursue those charges in light of Monday’s guilty verdicts.

Harris was one of the best-loved and enduring entertainers of his era, with a TV career dating back 60 years and a reputation for his good rapport with children. He now faces the possibility of losing much of his £11m fortune after some victims contacted a law firm specialising in civil compensation claims over sexual abuse.

Since the verdict, Harris’s home town in Western Australia, Bassendean, has begun to shed its association with the entertainer, stripping him of honours and making plans to remove a plaque outside his childhood home.

The convicted paedophile travelled to the court by boat along the River Thames from his home in Bray, Berkshire, reportedly to avoid media who had gathered outside his house.

The 84-year-old, who has been told to expect jail time, was carrying a small suitcase as he entered the dock.

After hearing submission from the prosecution and defence, Justice Nigel Sweeney called a recess so that he could consider the sentence.

 

UPDATE JULY 1st 2014 HARRIS FOUND GUILTY

 

The sentencing hearing has now resumed.

Earlier this week Harris was found guilty of indecently assaulting four girls between 1968 and 1986.

Jurors unanimously delivered a guilty verdict on all 12 counts of indecent assault, after a trial that lasted more than six weeks.

Each count carries a maximum penalty of two years in jail.

In victim impact statements tendered to the court today, one victim said Harris’s actions had made her feel “dirty, grubby and disgusting”.

But the defence said there was no evidence Harris had offended in recent years, saying at 84 he was “living on borrowed time” and his prime concern was for his wife’s health.

Since the trial began, and even since the verdicts were handed down, more women have come forward saying they were also assaulted by Harris. Police have confirmed they are looking into fresh allegations.

Earlier today a New Zealand MP said Harris assaulted her in the 1980s.

Maggie Barry, a former high-profile broadcaster and now member of the National Party-led government, said she was in her 20s and working in a regional radio station when Harris groped her.

“He suddenly started with the wandering hands and groping and when he put his hand on my leg, I said ‘You can stop that right now’,” she said.

“I stood up and said ‘You’re a sleazy creep’, at which point he got a bit nasty,” she said.

She said Harris was “pretty confident and arrogant” throughout the “chilling experience”.

Rolf Harris found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault against four girls by London jury

Updated 41 minutes ago

Rolf Harris has been found guilty of indecently assaulting four girls in the UK between 1968 and 1986.

The jury took eight days to deliver unanimous verdicts on all 12 charges of indecent assault in London.

The 84-year-old has been granted bail until his sentencing on Friday, but has been told to expect a custodial sentence.

Each count carries a maximum penalty of two years in jail.

Harris listened impassively – with the aid of a hearing loop – as the verdicts were read out.

Only after the final guilty verdict was read out and the jurors had left the court did Harris finally stand.

He sipped from a plastic cup and then left the dock.

He went into a small room at Southwark Crown Court with his legal team before being joined by his wife Alwen and daughter Bindi, who had broken down in tears after the verdicts and was consoled by Harris’s long-time agent Jan Kennedy.

Judge tells Harris to expect time behind bars

Justice Nigel Sweeney made it clear Harris could expect to be sent to jail later this week.

“Given the conviction on all 12 counts, it’s inevitable that the type of sentence uppermost in the court’s mind is a custodial sentence,” the judge said.

Justice Sweeney thanked the jurors for their service and said they had conducted themselves in an exemplary fashion with scrupulous attention to their duties.

Harris’s legal team have 28 days to lodge an appeal on his behalf.

Chief Inspector Michael Orchard from Scotland Yard said the case proved that no celebrity was above the law.

“Rolf Harris habitually denied any wrongdoing, forcing his victims to recount their ordeal in public,” he said.

“He committed many offences in plain sight of people as he thought his celebrity status placed him above the law.

“I want to thank the women who came forward for their bravery. I hope the guilty verdict will give them closure and help them to begin to move on with their lives.

“The case and verdict once again shows we will always listen to and investigate allegations regardless of the timeframe of those involved.”

Jenny Hopkins from the Crown Prosecution Service said the verdicts sent a strong message.

“Whenever there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest, we will work with police and victims to bring strong cases which can be put before a court,” she said.

“I hope today’s verdict provides other victims with the courage and confidence to come forward, no matter who is alleged to have carried out the abuse and when.”

Talking on AM this morning, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he felt “gutted and dismayed” by the verdicts.

“Sexual abuse is an utterly abhorrent crime … it’s just sad and tragic that this person, who was widely admired, seems to have been a perpetrator,” he said.

“It’s very important that we do everything we humanly can do to protect vulnerable young people.”

No comment from Harris family

A spokesman for the Harris family said no-one, including the star’s lawyers, agents or friends, would be making “any public comments or be available for interview either here or in Australia”.

Rolf Harris convicted

“The Harris family has also asked that their privacy be respected at this time,” the spokesman said in a statement.

In addition to the four complainants in the trial, another six women gave supporting evidence that the artist and entertainer had abused them in Australia, New Zealand and Malta between 1969 and 1991.

Harris denied inappropriately touching any of the alleged victims and pleaded not guilty in court. “They are all making it up,” he told the jury in late May.

During the case, prosecutor Sasha Wass QC said none of Harris’s accusers knew each other but their accounts bore “striking similarities”.

She described Harris as a “sinister pervert” who used his fame to mesmerise his victims, treating “underage girls as sexual objects” to be “groped and mauled”.

Harris was arrested in March last year on suspicion of sexual offences as part of Operation Yewtree, which was set up following revelations about the late BBC presenter Jimmy Savile.

Main accuser was daughter Bindi’s childhood friend

The main accuser was a woman, now 49, who met Harris as a childhood friend of his daughter Bindi.

Harris admitted he had a 10-year-affair with the accuser but said it did not start until she was 18 and the relationship was consensual.

However, she told the court the entertainer began indecently assaulting her at age 13, when she joined the Harris family on an overseas holiday in 1978.

The woman told the court she was taking a shower at their Hawaii hotel and was wrapped only in a towel when Harris gave her “one of his big hugs and tickles”.

She said the performer then put his fingers into her crotch area.

The woman said she felt “numb” and disgusted after the abuse happened.

When she was 15, she said Harris sexually assaulted her in her bedroom, before laughing and joking with her parents downstairs.

The woman said she was too scared and intimidated by Harris’s fame to tell anyone.

After years of sexual abuse the victim was “emotionally dead”, the prosecutor said.

“She was targeted, groomed and dehumanised over a period of 16 years,” Ms Wass said.

In court, Harris admitted he admired the bikini worn by the teenager on the Hawaii trip but denied indecently assaulting her.

His daughter Bindi told the court she was with her friend “every single moment of every single day” on the holiday and had not noticed any change in her behaviour.

However, during the trial Bindi wept as she described the moment she later discovered her father’s sexual relationship with her friend.

The prosecutor said key evidence was a letter Rolf Harris wrote to the alleged victim’s father in 1997.

It was effectively a confession of child abuse, the prosecutor alleged, and was a calculated attempt to avoid the police being informed.

The defence said the letter was consistent with Harris’s claim of a 10-year affair.

“I fondly imagined that everything that had taken place had progressed from a feeling of love and friendship,” Rolf Harris wrote in the letter.

“There was no rape, no physical forcing, brutality or beating that took place.”

Harris told the court the woman had contacted him in 1994 and had demanded 25,000 pounds ($45,000).

When he refused to pay, she threatened that her brother would go to newspapers, the court was told.

The alleged victim took her allegations to UK police in November 2012.

Harris accused of groping other children

A second witness told the court she was 13 or 14 when Rolf Harris groped her buttocks at a celebrity event in Cambridge.

Harris initially denied being in the city at that time. However, he later admitted he had been there after TV footage was dramatically uncovered mid-trial of him taking part in a 1978 episode of Star Games in Cambridge.

A third witness said she was only seven or eight years old when the entertainer assaulted her in Portsmouth after she had asked him for an autograph.

She said the entertainer put his hand down her back and between her legs. He then did it a second time, she told the jury.

Harris’s defence counsel suggested the entertainer had never been to the community centre in question and must have confused him with another man.

Another witness against Harris was an Australian woman who said the entertainer assaulted her at the home of family friends in Darwin when she was 11 or 12 years old in the late 1960s.

The woman said she froze as Harris approached her, put his arms around her and gave her a tongue kiss.

A New Zealand woman told the court Harris had a “dark and evil side” and indecently assaulted her when she was dancing with him when she was 17 years old.

The witness said she told her mother soon afterwards about what Harris did.

“I sat down and told her what a disgusting, vile, repulsive man that he was, and how he had totally taken away trust,” she said.

The court also heard evidence from an Australian make-up artist who says Harris groped her at Channel 7 in the mid-1980s when she was 24.

She said the entertainer was known as “the octopus” because of his roaming hands.

Former Australian actor Tony Porter told the court he witnessed Harris groping a different make-up artist in the mid-1980s.

Another Australian witness Tonya Lee asserted that Harris had indecently assaulted her twice in an English pub during a theatre trip to the UK in 1986.

The defence argued Harris was “a natural hugger and that left him open to false accusations”.

Defence admits Harris ‘far from perfect’

Defence barrister Simon Ray said the entertainer was “far from perfect” given he had admitted having two extramarital affairs, but insisted that did not make him guilty of the indecent assault charges.

He asserted the delay of up to 45 years between the alleged assaults and when they were reported to police caused issues for Harris in trying to rebut the claims.

“It’s much easier to make allegations like this than it is to rebut them,” Mr Ray said, adding that if Harris failed to remember something he was accused of deliberate lies and if he did recall details they were dismissed.

Mr Ray also criticised many of the six women who gave supporting evidence that Harris harassed them in Australia, New Zealand and Malta.

He pointed out that some had kept photographs of themselves with the star.

In one case a mother, who claimed Harris assaulted her daughter and then herself, subsequently put a cartoon the artist had drawn on her daughter’s bedroom door.

What mother would do that if she had just been sexually abused, Mr Ray asked the jury.

The lawyer said Harris was of good character with no criminal convictions but that the prosecution had set about destroying his reputation “with vigour and enthusiasm”.

He said the trial had occurred with the whole world watching, so Harris had already been punished for his infidelity whether he was found guilty or innocent.

“He has been punished for his infidelity by, effectively, public humiliation,” Mr Ray said.

The letter he wrote should disgust anyone who reads it as he tries to cover his own ass.

Click below read full size letter

Harris confessed in letter to victim's father, court told

Harris confessed in letter to victim’s father, court told

update 10/05/14

Rolf Harris trial: Prosecution alleges entertainer had ‘dark side’ that preyed on girls

The 84-year-old is facing 12 counts of indecently assaulting four girls between the late 1960s and mid 1980s, the youngest of whom was aged seven or eight at the time of the alleged offence.

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Prosecutor Sasha Wass QC told the opening day of the trial that Harris was an immensely talented man with a glittering career, who exploited his fame to commit the assaults.

She said he used his fame to access girls and young women, confident they would not tell anyone what he had done because of his status.

Rolf Harris arrives at court with his daughter Bindi and wife Alwen Hughes.

Rolf Harris arrives at court with his daughter Bindi and wife Alwen Hughes.

Ms Wass said Harris had a “dark side” that was sexually attracted to girls, and that he groomed one of his victims “like a pet”.

The jury of six men and six women was also told Harris slobbered around the neck of another girl and ran his hands down a third victim inappropriately in separate incidents.

Ms Wass said Harris was a Jekyll and Hyde figure, whose “dark side” was not known to colleagues and companions for decades.

He developed a consistent approach in gaining the trust of his young victims before abusing them, the jury heard.

“You will see a pattern during the case of Mr Harris approaching girls in a purely friendly way and then once he is in close physical contact with them, taking advantage of the situation in order to indecently assault them,” she said.

Harris confessed in letter to victim’s father, court told

The prosecution has revealed that the main complainant – seven of the 12 counts deal with her allegations – was a childhood friend of Harris’s daughter, Bindi.

The woman says she was first abused as a 13-year-old when she was on a holiday with the Harris family in Hawaii and Australia.

The prosecution says that by the time she was an adult Harris had total control over her and the abuse continued until she was in her late 20s.

The jury was told Harris does not deny that he had a sexual relationship with the woman, but says it began when she was 18.

The court heard Harris wrote a letter of confession to the woman’s father in which he admitted that he had a sexual relationship with the woman.

“I fondly imagined that everything that had taken place had progressed from a feeling of love and friendship,” the jury heard Harris wrote in the letter.

“There was no rape, no physical forcing, brutality or beating that took place.”

His status meant the woman did not talk about the incident until 1996. But in 1994, the court heard, Harris says he was contacted by the woman who demanded 25,000 pounds ($45,000).

When he refused, she threatened that her brother would go to newspapers over what Harris assumed were details of the affair, the court was told.

Harris alleged to have abused girls in several countries

Ms Wass said Harris abused his victims in numerous locations such as Hawaii and Australia, but many incidents took place before a law change in Britain meant offences allegedly committed abroad could be tried in the UK.

A number of other witnesses set to be called by the prosecution will allege they were also abused by Harris while he was on visits to Australia and New Zealand.

They include a woman who says Harris assaulted her while she was working as a make-up artist at Channel Seven.

The jury heard that she would say Harris was known as “The Octopus” because of his reputation for groping young women, a comment the jury was later told to disregard.

The prosecution says without knowing each other, the complainants and witnesses have related similar accounts of the type of abuse and the way in which it happened – often in a brazen and sudden manner.

Ms Wass told the jury they should not dismiss any of the claims because they related to historic incidents.

She said the consequences of sexual abuse could be life-changing and current, and she said when the jury hears them describe what Harris did to them “you may think those victims deserve to have a voice”.

The court was told that two of the girls became alcoholics because of the abuse.

The first prosecution witness in what is expected to be a six-week trial is due to take the stand on Monday.

The white-bearded, bespectacled entertainer was accompanied at the Southwark Crown Court in London by Bindi and his wife, Alwen Hughes.

Harris is the biggest name to go on trial since British police launched a major investigation after revelations that the late BBC TV host Jimmy Savile was a prolific child sex abuser, leading to the arrest of more than a dozen ageing celebrities.

Harris is known by millions in Britain and Australia for pop chart hits such as Two Little Boys and Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport.

A keen artist, Harris painted Queen Elizabeth’s portrait in 2005, and was honoured by her for his services to entertainment and charity and performed at her 2012 Diamond Jubilee concert.

To be successful in these cases is to have independent corroborating evidence, and I reckon Rolf Harris knows he is gone (oh yeah I did have an affair with that girl but ONLY after she was 18 etc) Bad news for him is the girls he molested back then are now mums themselves and taking a stance. The suppression of evidence needs to end, it is 2014 not 1814.

Sex offender Sean Carmody-Coyle on the run after escaping corrections facility in Victoria


ALERT ESCAPED SEX OFFENDER

Here we go again folks.THIS mongrel HAS DONE THE EXACT THING BEFORE STAYING IN THESE RESORT LIKE FACILITIES

Sex offender on the run from a soft system that gets rorted by these criminals who work the system. I seriously hope he gets caught before offending, because he will seek out victims

updated today 01/03/14

Vic escapee arrested

March 01, 2014 1:41PM

A SEX offender who escaped from a Victorian facility for a second time has been arrested at a bus stop.

Sean Carmody-Coyle, 28, was caught at a bus stop in Ararat, southwest Victoria, just after 9am (AEDT) Saturday, police said.

He is expected to be charged with breaching his supervision order.

Carmody-Coyle was wearing two ankle bracelets designed to track his every movement.

Police say an alarm was triggered when he fled Corella Place overnight on Friday.

Corella Place, near Ararat, is a transitional facility for sex offenders who have completed their prison sentences.

Carmody-Coyle had been serving the second of a five-year court supervision order which dictated he live at the facility and adhere to a curfew.

He fled the facility last year but was found in a nearby paddock the next day.

A dangerous sex offender is on the run after escaping from a corrections facility near Ararat, west of Melbourne, early this morning.

Police say Sean Carmody-Coyle, who has an electronic tag, was last detected at 1am (local time) at the Corella Place facility.

It is the second time in less than a year he has gone missing from the facility, which houses dangerous sex offenders who have finished their sentences.

It is believed Carmody-Coyle, 28, managed to remove the electronic tag, which triggered an alert.

The ABC also believes the sex offender was returned to prison last year after breaching his order by absconding.

Police say he might be armed with knives and travelling on a mountain bike and have urged the public not to approach him.

Sean Carmody-Coyle has gone missing from the Ararat prison for the second time in less than a year.

Sean Carmody-Coyle has gone missing from the Ararat prison for the second time in less than a year.

Carmody-Coyle is Caucasian, 204 centimetres tall and thought to be wearing a black tracksuit.

In June last year he went missing from the facility during the night with another sex offender and was located 23 kilometres away the next afternoon.

There are about 35 residents at Corella Place. They have finished their sentences but are considered unacceptable risks to community.

Corella Place is a residential facility that is next door to the Ararat prison, the Hopkins Correctional Centre.

It is about two kilometres from the town centre.

Residents are housed in one, two and three-bedroom houses and have a strict curfew, but are taken on escorted trips to nearby towns and to Melbourne. Continue reading

SA child care worker Mark Christopher Harvey stands trial accused of child sex abuse


SA child care worker Mark Christopher Harvey stands trial accused of child sex abuse

Chief Court Reporter Sean Fewster

February 24, 2014 1:27PM

THE child care worker who sparked the Education Department sex abuse scandal is a paedophile who abused his position to hide his deviancy in plain sight, a court has heard.

Artist’s sketch of Mark Christopher Harvey during his November 2012 appearance in the Port Adelaide Magistrates Court

Artist’s sketch of Mark Christopher Harvey during his November 2012 appearance in the Port Adelaide Magistrates Court

Mark Christopher Harvey is currently serving a six-year jail term for child sex offences committed at a western suburbs school in December 2010.

Today, he stood trial in the District Court charged with the persistent sexual exploitation of four girls prior to that crime.

In his opening address, prosecutor Mark Norman, SC, said Harvey had touched the girls, aged between five and eight, bit their toes and even blindfolded them.

Mr Norman said Harvey was the director of an out of school hours care program, and so knew full well how inappropriate and unlawful his conduct was.

“Our case is that the accused is a paedophile with a foot fetish,” he said.

“The children adored him, they treated (his actions) as just another game, as something that Mr Harvey would do.”

“He was hiding in plain sight — he was getting sexual pleasure from touching the children and, in particular, biting their toes, and using his position to disguise it as innocent play.”

Harvey, 43, has pleaded not guilty to four counts of persistent sexual exploitation of a child allegedly committed between January 2007 and December 2011.

Those offences pre- and postdate his existing conviction over a sexual act involving a blindfolded child in December 2010.

Parents who used the OSCH service were not told of that offending until November 2012, sparking the Education Department sex abuse scandal.

Unrelated allegations against dozens of other teachers and child care workers came to light, and then-education minister Grace Portolesi was succeeded by Jennifer Rankine.

A subsequent inquiry, by retired Supreme Court Justice Bruce Debelle, produced a 280 page report with 43 recommendations about how alleged sex abuse should be handled by the Education Department .

This month, the Sunday Mail revealed there remain more than 80 “ongoing investigation matters” involving alleged misconduct by Education Department and Families SA staff.

Today, Mr Norman said that, under Harvey’s leadership, the OSCH program was “less structured” than others and rewarded children with lollies and physical contact.

He would sit with them in the TV room and single out “favoured” children to accompany him to a separate area to prepare fruit snacks for the group.

“It’s plain Harvey was conditioning the children to be accepting of his touch,” he said.

“(When preparing snacks) he knew it would be very unlikely he would be seen or disturbed.”

Mr Norman said Harvey would “play a taste-testing game” with select children, while they were blind-folded, usually by a tea towel.

He said that, during a conversation with another staff member, Harvey announced he would be playing a taste-testing game with the entire group.

“He was masking his intentions toward the children by admitting this taste-testing game existed,” he said.

“That would enable him, should he ever be taken to task about being alone with the children, to say he’d told people about it and it therefore must be innocent.”

Mr Norman said other staff became concerned when, during a vacation care excursion, Harvey let a distressed child sit in his lap in full view of the general public.

“Harvey did not deny it and said he was comforting the child and would continue to do so,” he said.

He said Harvey was formally cautioned over the incident, and so committed the offences knowing his behaviour was inappropriate.

Mr Norman said that, after December 2010 crime, the alleged victims of the current matter approached their parents and complained about Harvey.

Police, meanwhile, discovered “a dozen foot fetish DVDs” in Harvey’s home.

During a subsequent interview, Harvey told police that letting children help him prepare snacks was “part of the children’s ownership” of the OSHC program.

He also conceded being “a big one for” physical interaction and that he was “trying to do the right thing, but it bit me on the ass in the long run”.

“This is an example of confession and avoidance,” Mr Norman said.

“He seeks to blame the children for this, or to at the very least categorise it as benign play.”

The trial, before Judge Michael Boylan in the absence of a jury, continues.

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NSW man charged with child sex offences including bestiality-Gets BAIL!!!!


A man is arrested by Coffs Harbour police and charged with 21 sexual offences.

How does someone like this get bail people, honestly, how about interfering with witnesses, destroying evidence, intimidating potential witnesses? All we can hope for is that he in fact DOES DO those things whilst under extensive surveillance and further dig his hole. Which will hopefully be filled by something that has a bit more to say about it than a cow or innocent kid…

By Sean Rubinsztein-Dunlop

A New South Wales man has been charged with child sex offences, including acts involving bestiality, at Coffs Harbour on the state’s mid north coast. Be careful up there, the fact he got bail sickens me…Sure protect his name, how about everyone else? He has form, the cops want others to come forward. Take note the “Parade Photo” I posted above is NSW  Police supplied….Mongrel dog

Police allege the 53-year-old committed a number of offences against a boy while working at a dairy near Coffs Harbour between 2003 and 2005.

In court, detectives will allege that the man befriended a teenage boy then aged 13 who also worked at the dairy, and, over the course of two years, indecently and sexually assaulted him on a number of occasions.

It is alleged the man also committed sexual acts on cows and encouraged the boy to take part.

The man from Toormina, south of Coffs Harbour, was arrested today and charged with sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, committing an act of indecency towards a person under 16 years of age in circumstances of aggravation, inciting an act of indecency, and bestiality.

Detective Sergeant Matt Zimmer says the man has been granted bail to face court next month charged with more than 20 sex offences. How does someone like this get bail people, honestly, how about interfering with witnesses, destroying evidence, intimidating potential witnesses? All we can hope for is that he in fact DOES DO those things whilst under extensive surveillance and further dig his hole. Which will hopefully be filled by something that has a bit more to say about it than a cow or innocent kid…

“It will be alleged that these offences occurred between a period between 2003 and 2005 and at that time the accused was in a position of authority over the child during the course of their employment,” he said.

“A search warrant was also conducted at the man’s residence in Toormina. Police seized a computer and a number of computer related items which will be subjected to a forensic investigation and further investigations.”

The man has been granted bail until he faces court on February 10.

The Acting Commander of the Child Abuse Squad, Detective Acting Superintendent Peter Yeomans, encouraged anyone who has ever been a victim of sexual or indecent assaults to make a report to police, no matter how long ago the incident occurred.

“If you have ever been abused, no matter what the circumstance and no matter how long ago it occurred, please contact police,” he said.

“If an adult entrusted with your care took advantage of you, they deserve to be arrested, charged and put before the courts.”

Sygmund “Sig” Sokolowski – A Current Footy Umpire


How is this allowed to happen? All parents need to be warned. He umpired last Saturday in the Under-18s football for the VAFA at Brens Oval at Parkville. VIC UNI v WERRIBEE

The official VAFA umpire’s newsletter the other day said: Sig Sokolowski hits 150 games today. Sig joined us from the Southern Football league a few years back and has quickly reached that mark. 200 not too far away. Have a great day’.

Sygmund Sokolowski – A Current Footy Umpire

by Derryn Hinch

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Question. How can a man, a predator, an absolute sleazebag, who is on the Sexual Offenders Register for life, be umpiring Under-18s football for the VAFA?

Registered Sex Offender – Sygmund Sokolowski

He does. He did on Saturday at Brens Oval at Parkville. He was field umpire in the game between University High School – Victoria Uni Football Club and Werribee. His name is Sygmund Sokolowski. He now calls himself Sig, replacing the ‘y’ with an ‘i’ — but that hasn’t fooled some of us.

I know a lot about this grubby man, a former school music teacher with a history of sex offences against teenage girls over twenty years. In recent times he molested at least ten female students at five schools. He was convicted over those sexual assaults but did not go to jail.He only got a three-month intensive corrections order and 120 hours of community service.

The crimes he pleaded guilty to covered two schools and the years 2003 to 2005. I know there were many more victims at places like Wesley College. I have met some of his other victims – including one Wesley teenager he allegedly raped back in 1987. He also allegedly indecently assaulted other girls at Emmaus [ emmay-us] College in 1999.

His sleazy reputation and abuse of positions of authority have been known in the music industry for years. I know of some professional musicians who refused to work with him even before he was charged – his reputation was so notorious.

And if some school principals had had the guts to come forward then not only would his true character have been revealed but dozens of other victims could have been protected.

I have talked at length to one alleged rape victim who was persuaded by school authorities not to go to the Police and lay charges. At school after school when he was caught out, the school’s administrators hushed it up, got Sokolowski to move on, to offend again. His standard tactic was to tell parents that he had to tutor their girls at his home because there was no room in the school’s timetable. From memory he did a lot of that in Carlton.

So now he’s in close contact with schools again as a VAFA umpire. The official VAFA umpire’s newsletter the other day said: Sig Sokolowski hits 150 games today. Sig joined us from the Southern Football league a few years back and has quickly reached that mark. 200 not too far away. Have a great day’.

I presume they were talking about football games – not victims. The VAFA was notified about this man being on the Sex Offender’s Register some time ago. How come he was still umpiring on Saturday?

Sure they are under-18 males. But it could give him access to their teenage sisters and female friends. And being an accredited umpire gives this sleazy predator dangerous credibility.

You’ve heard of the Evil Empire. This is the evil umpire. He must be stopped.

Sygmund "Sig" Sokolowski – A Current Footy Umpire


How is this allowed to happen? All parents need to be warned. He umpired last Saturday in the Under-18s football for the VAFA at Brens Oval at Parkville. VIC UNI v WERRIBEE

The official VAFA umpire’s newsletter the other day said: Sig Sokolowski hits 150 games today. Sig joined us from the Southern Football league a few years back and has quickly reached that mark. 200 not too far away. Have a great day’.

Sygmund Sokolowski – A Current Footy Umpire

by Derryn Hinch

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Question. How can a man, a predator, an absolute sleazebag, who is on the Sexual Offenders Register for life, be umpiring Under-18s football for the VAFA?

Registered Sex Offender – Sygmund Sokolowski

He does. He did on Saturday at Brens Oval at Parkville. He was field umpire in the game between University High School – Victoria Uni Football Club and Werribee. His name is Sygmund Sokolowski. He now calls himself Sig, replacing the ‘y’ with an ‘i’ — but that hasn’t fooled some of us.

I know a lot about this grubby man, a former school music teacher with a history of sex offences against teenage girls over twenty years. In recent times he molested at least ten female students at five schools. He was convicted over those sexual assaults but did not go to jail.He only got a three-month intensive corrections order and 120 hours of community service.

The crimes he pleaded guilty to covered two schools and the years 2003 to 2005. I know there were many more victims at places like Wesley College. I have met some of his other victims – including one Wesley teenager he allegedly raped back in 1987. He also allegedly indecently assaulted other girls at Emmaus [ emmay-us] College in 1999.

His sleazy reputation and abuse of positions of authority have been known in the music industry for years. I know of some professional musicians who refused to work with him even before he was charged – his reputation was so notorious.

And if some school principals had had the guts to come forward then not only would his true character have been revealed but dozens of other victims could have been protected.

I have talked at length to one alleged rape victim who was persuaded by school authorities not to go to the Police and lay charges. At school after school when he was caught out, the school’s administrators hushed it up, got Sokolowski to move on, to offend again. His standard tactic was to tell parents that he had to tutor their girls at his home because there was no room in the school’s timetable. From memory he did a lot of that in Carlton.

So now he’s in close contact with schools again as a VAFA umpire. The official VAFA umpire’s newsletter the other day said: Sig Sokolowski hits 150 games today. Sig joined us from the Southern Football league a few years back and has quickly reached that mark. 200 not too far away. Have a great day’.

I presume they were talking about football games – not victims. The VAFA was notified about this man being on the Sex Offender’s Register some time ago. How come he was still umpiring on Saturday?

Sure they are under-18 males. But it could give him access to their teenage sisters and female friends. And being an accredited umpire gives this sleazy predator dangerous credibility.

You’ve heard of the Evil Empire. This is the evil umpire. He must be stopped.