Category: Child Sex Offences

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 ...

Cardinal George Pell May Never Face Trial in Australia


By Kieran Adair and Ugur Nedim Earlier this week, Victorian police confirmed they had received advice from the State’s Director of Public Prosecutions regarding historic allegations of child sexual assault against former-Sydney Archbishop George Pell. While police are yet to announce whether formal charges will be brought against Australia’s most senior Catholic, they have foreshadowed ...

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 ...

New Offence Targets Adults who Procure Children to Commit Crimes


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Adults who encourage children to commit crimes could face lengthy prison sentences under new laws to be introduced into Victorian Parliament. The proposal comes on the back of assertions by Victoria Police that organised crime groups are grooming young members of gangs like Apex to commit armed robberies and ...

Australian Child Sex Offenders May be Banned from Travelling Overseas


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The Federal Government is proposing new laws which would prohibit child sex offenders from leaving Australia. The announcement has been hailed as a win for Australia’s oldest and perhaps most controversial senator, Derryn Hinch – also known as the “Human Headline”. After his campaign to ‘name and shame’ convicted ...

Family Law System Grants Access to Child Sex Offenders


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Abbey Hamersley was only 17 years old when her mother found her dead in her room, after having taken her own life. The young woman had been suffering depression and anorexia, before she lost her will to live in November 2013. Just five months before her death, Abbey reported ...

Aussie Child Sex Offender Gets 12 Years in Prison


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Melbourne rugby player Michael Quinn (pictured) was recently sentenced in a Los Angeles court to twelve years imprisonment on child sex charges. The 33-year-old IVF geneticist was arrested in a hotel room in LA in May this year, as he was attempting to pay a ‘pimp’ $US260 ($AU342) to ...

Parents or Foster Care? What to do with at-risk children


By Blake O’Connor and Ugur Nedim A spate of recent cases suggest that children placed in foster care are being exposed to cruel treatment, illegal drugs and even sexual abuse. The foster care system is accused of failing to look after the best interests of children, prompting the Department of Family and Community Services to ...

Predator Dentist Allowed to Work with Children


By Blake O’Connor and Ugur Nedim Australia is renowned for its strong approach to border protection, with tough immigration laws making it difficult for many to settle in our country. However, government authorities have been criticised after allowing a dentist convicted in the United States of several child sex offences to live and work here. ...

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 ...