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Child Sex Offences

Hillsong Pastor Brian Houston Charged With Concealing a Child Sexual Offence

by Paul Gregoire
Cofounding Hillsong pastor Brian Houston was charged by NSW police on 5 August, over his alleged concealment of child sexual abuse that occurred in the 1970s, when the head of the Pentecostal megachurch became privy to the information in 1999....

When Can a Child’s Case be Hearing in an Adult Court in New South Wales?

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
Barney Wakes-Miller parents have been campaigning tirelessly for modifications to cars and changes to road rules, since he was killed in a car accident in July last year. His 17 year old friend, a P-plater, is accused to have been...

The Offence of Sexually Touching a Child Aged 10 to 16

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A 42-year old police sergeant has been charged with three counts of sexually touching a child aged 10 to 16, as well as two counts of indecent assault. The officer, who is attached to the North West Metropolitan Command, was...

The Offence of Procuring a Child for Unlawful Sexual Activity in NSW

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
An award-winning pianist has been charged with 20 child sexual offences for allegedly grooming a 13 year old girl. 30-year old piano maestro Jeremy So has been accused of ‘manipulating and controlling‘ the young teen during a sexual relationship after...

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...

The Offence of Child Sexual Assault in New South Wales

by Sonia Hickey
A 65 year old man has been arrested and charged with the sexual assault of a boy in Sydney more than 30 years ago. NSW Police allege the man sexually assaulted a boy, then aged between 10 and 14 years...

When Can a Jury Be Discharged in New South Wales?

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
The trial of a 22 year old Sydney swimming instructor will now be forced to restart, after the jury was discharged by NSW District Court Judge Kara Shead, on the second day of trial. The jury had been assembled this...

The Offence of Disseminating, Possessing or Producing Child Abuse Material

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Australian Federal police have arrested 44 men across the country, including eight from NSW who are alleged to belong to an international ring sharing child abuse material. The AFP’s special unit, called the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE),...

Court Enables Child Sexual Abuse Victims to Sue Catholic Church

by Sonia Hickey
The Supreme Court of Victoria has overturned a deed of release signed by a victim of child sexual abuse, who was paid $32,500 by the Catholic Church in 1996 in exchange for his silence and no further legal action. The...
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