Category: Sex Offences

Wannabe Bieber Law Lecturer Charged with Child Sex Offences


A Queensland law lecturer who allegedly posed online as Justin Bieber has been charged with more than 900 child sex offences. Gordon Douglas Chalmers, a lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology, is accused of using multiple social media platforms including Facebook and Skype to impersonate the pop star and convince fans to send him ...

Archbishops Slam Catholic Church for Covering-Up Widespread Child Sexual Abuse


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Five of Australia’s most senior Catholic figures fronted the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Sexual Abuse, all of whom condemned the Church’s failure to protect vulnerable children. The archbishops of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth were questioned about how the Church had allowed the sexual abuse of at ...

Preventative Programs are Primarily Responsible for Decline in NSW Crime


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim A Sydney criminologist believes that the implementation of preventative and diversionary strategies is the primary reason for most categories of crime declining across the state in recent years. Dr Garner Clancey, a senior lecturer at the University of Sydney, points out that many offences have fallen by as much ...

Rolf Harris Cleared of Indecent and Sexual Assault Charges


A jury in London found Australian entertainer Rolf Harris not guilty of ‘groping’ a blind and disabled woman, and a 13-year old girl who asked for an autograph at a radio station. He was also cleared of sexually assaulting a 42-year old woman, who alleged Harris put his hand up her skirt and onto her ...

‘They give God a bad name,’ says victim


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim More than 1,800 Catholic Church figures and 4,444 allegations of abuse. Horrific numbers, which a senior Catholic Church figure has described as ‘shocking’ and ‘indefensible’ at the 50th public hearing of the Royal Commission – the 16th hearing dealing with abuse within the Catholic Church. The three-week hearing currently ...

Bail Granted Despite Sexual Assault Convictions


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim A judge in Downing Centre District Court has granted bail to a Sydney masseur after a jury found him guilty of sexually assaulting a female client. Anthony Theodosiou pleaded not guilty to five counts of indecent assault and three of sexual assault at a Sutherland clinic in August 2015. ...

Removing Condom During Sex is Rape


One man’s life will never be the same after being convicted of rape for secretly removing a condom during sex with a woman he had met online. The 47-year old French man and his companion, a Swiss woman, met on Tinder (where else). After their second date, they decided to go to bed together. They ...

Lawyer Hypnotised Clients for Sexual Gratification


A lawyer in the US has been sentenced to 12 years in prison and permanently disbarred from practising law after using hypnosis on his clients to sexually gratify himself. Attorney Michael Fine was caught in a police sting initiated by one of his clients, who felt something was terribly wrong about their meetings together. Hypnosis ...

Sydney Lawyer Charged with Indecent Assault


Forty-year old Carl Harrap of Seaforth is employed as a patent and trademark attorney at the Sydney office of law firm Herbert Smith Freehills. The firm’s website describes Mr Harrap as having “… particular experience and interest in assisting his clients to defend or attack patents in patent oppositions”. However, the experienced lawyer has been ...

Lawyer Guilty of Sexual Assault


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim. A 35-year old lawyer from London is facing prison time after his drunken behaviour got out of control at a Christmas Party at the prestigious London Rowing Club, leading to convictions for ‘racially-aggravated assault’ and ‘sexual assault’. Festive celebrations went horribly wrong for lawyer Alastair Main in December 2015 ...