Category: Child Abuse Material

Prosecuting Potential Predators: Government Passes ‘Carly’s Law’


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim In 2007, 15-year old Carly Ryan was murdered in South Australia by 47-year old Gary Newman – who created more than 200 fake online profiles of young men to prey on underage girls. Carly’s mother, Sonya Ryan, later established the Carly Ryan Foundation which campaigned tirelessly for the introduction ...

Police Officer Suspended Over Child Sexual Assault Allegations


A Queensland police officer has been stood down amid claims of child sexual assault. The man is associated with the Child Protection Investigation Unit, the very body that is supposed to investigate crimes committed against children. He was involved in a drug raid on the Gold Coast last September, during which he conducted a search ...

Alleged Paedophile Priest Free to Work with Children


By Blake O’Connor and Ugur Nedim The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal has given the go-ahead for an alleged paedophile priest to work with children. The 68-year-old former Catholic priest, known only as ‘BQC’, was banned from undertaking any work with children by the Children’s Guardian on 5th December 2014. The ban was triggered by ...

Police Protect Paedophile Within their Ranks


A former Victorian police officer has been convicted of raping children during his time on the force. The former officer, whose name has been suppressed to protect the identity of his victims, has pleaded guilty to 18 offences against nine children, including his own stepchildren, which were committed between 1967 and 1979. The Blue Shield ...

Teenagers Criminalised for Sexting


Advocacy group Youth Action has made submissions to a NSW Parliamentary enquiry calling for sexting laws to be amended so that young people are no longer criminalised and placed on the sex offenders register for expressing their sexuality in a normal way. Youth Action CEO Katie Acheson believes that laws which govern the exchange of ...

Paedphiles Identified through Personal Features


Criminologists have been searching for the magic formula for identifying criminals for hundreds of years, without much luck. Scientists have tried all sorts of things – from cruel experiments on live humans during medieval times and in Nazi Germany, to the study of skull and brain structure, to DNA analysis in recent times. But imagine ...

Should We Help Those Who Are Attracted to Children?


Child sex offenders are regarded with great disdain by the general public, with many suggesting that we should ‘lock’em up and throw away the key’, or even castrate or execute them. But when it comes to those who admit being attracted to children – but have not engaged in any illegal conduct – the issue ...

How Are Prison Inmates Classified?


Andrew Peter Garforth, a current inmate at Goulburn prison has recently made headlines after it was announced that his security classification had been downgraded. Garforth was convicted in 1992 of the sexual assault and murder of a nine year old girl, Ebony Simpson. Ebony was on her way home from school when she was abducted, ...

Honest and Reasonable Mistake About Age in Child Sex Cases


Imagine this: You’re 17 or 18 years old and go out one night to a party with some friends, where you meet a person who says they are 16. You start chatting to them, one thing leads to another and you end up engaging in consensual sexual activity. The next day, the police come knocking ...

Are We Doing Enough to Protect Children from Abuse?


Are we doing enough to protect children from abuse? This question has recently arisen with the case of Bill Spedding, a washing machine repairman who police have named as a person of interest in the disappearance of toddler William Tyrell from the small NSW town of Kendall in September last year. In a twist to ...