Category: Child Sex Offences

Cardinal George Pell

George Pell’s Appeal Against Convictions for Child Sexual Abuse Fails


A majority of a panel of Supreme Court justices has rejected the appeal by George Pell against his convictions for child sexual abuse. The decision means that Mr Pell, who has already spent 24 weeks in prison, has been ordered to serve a full term of six years in prison, although he will be eligible …
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Victims of Child Sexual Abuse Can Now Sue the Church


The ‘Ellis defence’ once prevented victims of child sexual abuse from suing unincorporated organisations such as the Catholic Church. But as of 1 January 2019, legislation came into effect which requires those organisations to nominate a defendant with sufficient funds and assets to pay a victim’s claim. Putting the changes into practise Last week, Victorian …
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Sydney Man Accused of Procuring Children for Unlawful Sexual Activity


It has been reported that a 46-year old man was arrested and charged with three counts of procuring a child after allegedly approaching several kids at Jarvie Park in Marrickville yesterday and encouraging them to engage in unlawful sexual activity. Police allege the man was also charged with offensive conduct and stalking / intimidating over …
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Another Catholic Priest Charged with Child Sexual Offences


It has been reported that a Catholic priest has been charged with nine offences involving sexual and indecent acts against five children aged between 12 and 15 when he was a band teacher, rugby coach and manager of a dormitory at a Southern Highlands boarding school in the 1980s. Police arrested 77-year old Father Anthony …
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‘Brazen, Forcible and Breathtakingly Arrogant’: Pell Sent to Prison


Tonight, Cardinal George Pell starts his sentence behind bars. Australia’s highest ranking Catholic Church official has been sentenced to 6 years in prison, with a non-parole period of 3 years and 8 months. Pell was found guilty in December last year of five counts of sexually abusing two choirboys while he was Catholic archbishop of …
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The Crime of Possessing Child Pornography Outside Australia


Peter Hansen is a well-educated globetrotter with experience in a range of occupations and callings. Over the years, the 61-year old has been a priest with the Archdiocese of Melbourne, an Asian studies lecturer, a compensation lawyer, a social worker and a NSW Labor Party official. He has a bachelor of theology, a law degree …
Victoria Police

Prison for Police Officer who Groomed Vulnerable Teen


A Victorian Police officer who groomed a vulnerable teenager for sexual relations has spent his first night in prison, after a Victorian Judge sentenced him to 10 months behind bars. Officer Vikram Gopinath met the teen when she was just thirteen. Coming from a troubled home, she had a number of brushes with the law …
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Dutton’s Child Sex Offender Register Proposal Is Political Fodder


As the nation was still recovering from the holiday season, Australian home affairs minister Peter Dutton announced a proposal to establish a national public register of child sex offenders, which would make information about convicted criminals available online. Describing it as “the toughest crackdown on paedophiles in Australia’s history”, Dutton told reporters on 8 January that …
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Tough New Laws Against Child Sexual Abuse


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 August. Passed by both houses on …
Pope Francis

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


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 Bishops from around the world at the Vatican by claiming the Church is being “persecuted” …