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Nirvana Baby Sues the Band for Child Pornography

by Sonia Hickey
The naked baby who appeared on the cover of Nirvana’s highly successful Nevermind album is now all grown up and suing the band. Spencer Elden, now 30, has filed a lawsuit seeking $US150,000 ($AUD206,000) in damages against Kurt Cobain’s estate...

Sydney Police Officer and Catholic Priest Charged with Child Abuse Material Offences

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
A Catholic Priest and Police Officer, both based in Sydney, have been charged with child abuse material offences after an investigation by the Professional Standards Command in May this year into data being stored on and distributed from an electronic...

What is ‘Child Abuse Material’ in New South Wales?

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
A 48-year old New South Wales police sergeant was arrested on Friday 29 January 2020 and charged with accessing child abuse material online. The sergeant, who is attached to a ‘specialist command’, was taken to Fairfield Police Station where he...

British Man Pleads Guilty to Nearly 100 Child Sexual Offences

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A British man has admitted to almost 100 sexual offences against children in Britain, Australia and the US. In a UK court, 36 year old labourer David Wilson pleaded guilty to 96 sexual offences against 51 boys, some as young...

NSW Police Officer Charged With Possessing Child Abuse Material

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A 42-year old police officer based in Coffs Harbour in northern New South Wales has been charged with two counts of possessing child abuse material. Following an investigation by the New South Wales Police Force Professional Standards Command (PSC), detectives...

NSW Police Officers Charged with Sexually Assaulting and Filming Schoolgirl

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
They take an oath to uphold the law and protect the community; a community that pays over $3 billion every year in New South Wales alone for their service. But, there are dozens of examples of police officers who have...

Complainant’s History of False Sexual Assault Allegations is Inadmissible

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
In a recent decision, a five judge bench of the New South Wales Court of Criminal Appeal (NSWCCA) ruled that legislation which prevents criminal defence lawyers from asking questions to complainants in sexual assault cases about their sexual history extends...

Books, Cartoons and Dolls Can Amount to ‘Child Pornography’

by Jarryd Bartle
Sexual offences involving children incite the highest levels of public condemnation. A conviction relating to child pornography – now referred to as ‘child abuse material’ under most laws – can affect not only a person’s freedom, but tarnish them for...

Sexting Amongst Consenting Teens is Now Legal

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
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...

It’s the Devil! Pope Claims Church is Being “Persecuted” over Child Sexual Abuse

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
Pope Francis has responded to the tens of thousands of cases of child sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy worldwide by claiming the Church is being victimised. The Pope recently wrapped up a month-long meeting, or ‘Synod’, for...
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