After months and months of diplomatic bullshit at our expense, this sick pervert is going down.A sleazy “Artist” again, happened to be married to an Aussie diplomat. So what happens, Harm minimisation of course to the image…Fuck that…read on
Husband of Australian diplomat to stand trial on child sex offences
- January 15, 2015 – 11:30AM
Courts reporter for The Canberra Times.
Vytas Bronius Kapociunas with his wife and former ambassador to Spain Jane Hardy. Photo: Facebook
The husband of a top Australian diplomat accused of molesting a child while overseas has been committed to stand trial.
Vytas Bronius Kapociunas, 71, maintained pleas of not guilty to three charges of sexual intercourse with a child outside Australia when he appeared in the ACT Magistrates Court on Thursday.
The offences are alleged to have occurred overseas, but are before the ACT courts as the charges fall under Commonwealth law.
Chief Magistrate Lorraine Walker on Thursday committed him to stand trial in the ACT Supreme Court.
Kapociunas was arrested at Canberra Airport in September last year.
Court documents said the allegation surfaced after the girl told her mother that the artist kept kissing her.
When questioned further, the girl allegedly said he “kisses me on the lips, and here,” pointing at her groin.
The mother reported the conversation to the Australian Federal Police.
Kapociunas, in a police interview, allegedly acknowledged he had had physical contact with the girl that included kissing in greeting and farewelling, piggy-back rides, and blowing raspberries on her belly button.
But he denied abusing the girl.
He was originally charged with one count of child sex and first appeared in court in October.
The painter and sculptor is married to top Australian diplomat, Jane Hardy, who, in November, ceased her role as Australia’s ambassador to Spain and returned home almost two years into a three-year appointment.
Ms Hardy’s identity and diplomatic position were previously subject to a court suppression order, but that has now been lifted.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade have emphasised that “no allegations of inappropriate or illegal behaviour” have been made against Ms Hardy.
Lithuanian-born Kapociunas studied art in South Australian and lived Spain, France and Britain before he wed Ms Hardy in 1982.
He has since accompanied her on diplomatic postings to Malaysia, South Korean, the United States, and Spain .
He work has been exhibited at the Australian embassy in Washington.
On Thursday, Ms Walker continued the defendants bail, but added the condition that he notify the court if he changes address.
The case will appear in the Supreme Court for directions next month.
Australian diplomat returned from posting after husband charged over child-sex allegations
Vytas Bronius Kapociunas with his wife and former ambassador to Spain Jane Hardy. Photo: Facebook
One of Australia’s top diplomats has returned early from an overseas posting after her spouse was arrested and charged with child sex offences.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has confirmed that Jane Hardy ceased duty as Australia’s ambassador to Spain on November 3, 2014, less than two years into what would normally be a three-year appointment.
A DFAT spokesperson declined to answer Fairfax Media questions about the precise circumstances leading to the ambassador’s return to Australia, only saying Ms Hardy “returned by mutual agreement with the department.”
Charged: Vytas Bronius Kapociunas, 71, is accused of child sex offences.
However it is a matter of public record that the Australian Federal Police arrested Ms Hardy’s husband, artist Vytas Kapociunas, on September 20, 2014, in relation to an allegation of sexual intercourse with a child outside Australia.
Mr Kapociunas, now aged 71, appeared before the ACT Magistrates Court in Canberra on October 3 in relation to one charge of sexual intercourse with a child outside of Australia. Two additional charges of sexual intercourse with a child outside of Australia were laid against Mr Kapociunas in December. He has pleaded not guilty to all three charges.
The sculptor and painter first came to police attention after the girl told her mother that she had a secret to tell her.
“I need to tell you a secret,” the child said, according to court documents. “I think Vytas really likes me, because he keeps kissing me.”
The AFP say the mother questioned her daughter further, and the girl allegedly said: “He kisses me on the lips, and here,” pointing to her groin.
The mother contacted the AFP who opened an investigation and interviewed the girl.
Mr Kapociunas was informed of the allegations on September 17 and was met by AFP officers at Canberra Airport three days later. He agreed to an interview in which, according to police, he acknowledged he had met the girl three times and had physical contact with her including kissing. However he denied he had committed any child sex offences, saying he was “unsure” why the girl would say such things. He was then arrested.
Born in Lithuania in 1943, Mr Kapociunas studied at the South Australian School of Art and spent his early post-graduate years in Spain, France and Britain . He married Ms Hardy in 1982 and accompanied her on diplomatic postings to Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Washington DC and most recently Madrid. In 2008 his sculpture Passage through Fire was exhibited at the Australian embassy in Washington.
Ms Hardy’s identity and position were subject to a temporary court suppression order, now no longer in force. not anymore
DFAT has emphasised that “no allegations of inappropriate or illegal behaviour” have been made against Ms Hardy who assumed duty as ambassador to Spain in January 2013.
“Ms Hardy performed creditably in her role in Spain and, following her return, has taken up a suitably senior position in Canberra,” a departmental spokesperson said.
DFAT’s organisation chart shows Ms Hardy is now in charge of the department’s arms control and counter-proliferation branch.
Her executive assistant told Fairfax Media she is not currently in Canberra and cannot be contacted.
A new ambassador to Spain has not yet been appointed.
Mr Kapociunas’s solicitor, Chloe Preston, declined to comment. His case is listed for a further procedural hearing in the Magistrates Court on January 15.
Artist pleads not guilty to child sex offences allegedly linked to overseas Australian embassy
An Australian artist has been accused of two more sexual offences against a child connected to an overseas Australian embassy.
Sculptor and painter Vytas Bronius Kapociunas, 70, is facing the ACT Magistrates Court, accused of molesting a child overseas.
He was charged on Thursday with two additional offences of sexual intercourse with a minor outside of Australia, meaning he is now charged with three offences.
Kapociunas, represented by lawyer Chloe Preston, has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
He first came to police attention when his alleged victim told her mother she had a secret.
“I need to tell you a secret,” the girl allegedly said.
“I think Vytas really likes me, because he keeps kissing me.”
She also allegedly told her mother:
“He kisses me on the lips and here”, pointing to her groin.
Police went to meet Kapociunas at Canberra Airport earlier this year and he agreed to an interview, court documents suggest.
He told police he had no idea why the girl had been saying such things. Kapociunas denied her allegations.
He was arrested and initially charged with a single count of having sexual intercourse with a child outside Australia, which is a Commonwealth offence.
The artist allegedly told police he piggy-backed the girl, blew raspberries on her belly button, and that she kissed him on the lips when saying hello and goodbye.
The case was adjourned by Magistrate Robert Cook until January.
Artist Vytas Kapociunas allegedly molested child linked to overseas embassy
- October 17, 2014
An Australian artist has been accused of molesting a child connected to an overseas embassy.
Well-known sculptor and painter Vytas Bronius Kapociunas, 70, was arrested earlier this year after a young girl at an Australian embassy alleged he sexually assaulted her.
Kapociunas, who is fighting the allegation, first came to police attention after the girl told her mother that she had a secret to tell her.
“I need to tell you a secret,” the girl said, according to court documents. “I think Vytas really likes me, because he keeps kissing me.”
Police say the mother questioned her daughter further, and the girl said:
“He kisses me on the lips, and here”, pointing to her groin.
The offence is alleged to have occurred overseas, but is now being prosecuted in the ACT under Commonwealth law.
The mother called the Australian Federal Police, who began investigating, and went to meet Kapociunas at Canberra Airport last month.
He agreed to an interview and denied the allegations, claiming he had no idea why the girl would say such things.
Police arrested the artist, and he is currently before the ACT Magistrates Court on one charge of sexual intercourse with a child outside Australia, an offence under the Commonwealth Criminal Code.
He appeared before Magistrate Peter Morrison on Friday morning, and pleas of not guilty were entered on his behalf.
The artist told police during an interview that he had piggy-backed the victim and blown raspberries on her belly button, and that she kissed him on the lips when saying hello and goodbye.
But he denied to police that he had committed any child sex offences.
The court heard on Friday the brief of evidence against him was mostly prepared, and the case was adjourned until December.
Kapociunas is an artist who has worked across Australia and the world, and studied and taught in South Australia.
He has also studied at the University of Canberra, according to his earlier news reports, and has written children’s books.