Category: Sex Offences

Tough New Laws Against Child Sexual Abuse


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim A range of tough new laws to combat child sexual abuse in NSW came into effect on 1 December, which complete one of the most comprehensive overhauls of the state’s criminal laws in history. The recently enacted laws follow a number other child sex reforms which commenced in late ...

Priest Successfully Appeals Conviction for Covering-Up Child Sexual Abuse


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Former Adelaide Archbishop Phillip Wilson has walked free after a judge upheld his appeal against conviction for concealing a serious indictable offence – being sexual assaults committed by fellow priest and convicted child sex offender, James Fletcher. The former Archbishop did not appear in court, but watched he judgement ...

Sexting Amongst Consenting Teens is Now Legal


A range of new laws have been introduced in the wake of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Amongst them, are laws which repeal the criminalisation of teens of similar age who engage in consensual ‘sexting’. What is sexting? Sexting is the sending, receiving or forwarding of sexually explicit images of oneself ...

Alleged Child Sex Offender Faces Life Imprisonment if Convicted


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim A Sydney man is facing a maximum penalty of life imprisonment if convicted of sexually assaulting a child under the age of 10 years. 54-year old Kogarah resident Anthony Peter Sampieri is charged with 11 offences relating to the alleged sexual assault of a seven-year old girl in a ...

Teacher Pleads Guilty to Persistent Sexual Abuse of Student


We recently reported on the female school teacher in Armidale, New South Wales who avoided a prison sentence despite pleading guilty to 3 counts of aggravated sexual assault and 6 of sexual intercourse with child under her care while employed at the school. Many see that case as an example of the relatively lenient treatment of female ...

NSW Police Are Illegally Strip-Searching Aboriginal Kids


It’s recently come to light that not only is the NSW Police Force doubling down on its use of strip-searches, but officers are also carrying out this invasive practice upon Aboriginal children as young as 11 years old. Aboriginal Legal Service Western NSW deputy principal solicitor Emily Winborne has outlined she’s aware of cases where First ...

Guards Who Have Sex with Inmates Now Face Prison


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The NSW government passed new laws last week making it a crime for prison guards to have sex with inmates. The move follows revelations mid-year regarding a number of female corrections officers who’d allegedly been engaging in sexual relations with prisoners. The Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Legislation Amendment Bill ...

NRL Star Accused of Aggravated Sexual Assault


Things have gone from bad to worse for former Parramatta Eels Rugby League star Jarryd Hayne. It has been reported that the two time Dally M medallist and former San Francisco 49ers player – against whom civil proceedings for sexual battery were commenced in California last year – voluntarily attended Ryde police station this afternoon, ...

Man Stabbed While Allegedly Saving 7-Year Old Girl from Sexual Assault


It has been reported that a 46-year old man was stabbed in the abdomen and neck during an altercation which ensued when he allegedly confronted a 54-year old man who was attempting to sexually assault a 7-year old girl in a toilet block underneath a dance studio on Railway Road in Kogarah just before 8pm last ...

Tinder Rapist Granted Bail


In the Melbourne County Court last week, Glenn Antony Hartland pleaded guilty to raping three women and indecently assaulting a fourth. His pleas of guilty were followed by an application for bail, which was granted by the court on strict conditions. This means Mr Hartland will be in the community until his sentencing hearing in ...