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Child Sex Offences

The Law, Penalties and Defences for Sexual Intercourse Without Consent

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
For the past few years, Prince Andrew has been embroiled in allegations that he was a participant in a child sex trafficking network headed by the late American businessman Jeffrey Epstein. US prosecutors have been pursuing the Prince for some...

Child Sexual Assault Network Smashed, AFP Reports

by Sonia Hickey
A police investigation being led by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) claims to have uncovered a national network of alleged child sex offenders, accused of sexual assaulting and abusing children as young as four years old. Two of the men...

Expert Family Court Witness Guilty of Child Sexual Assault

by Sonia Hickey
Bob Montgomery, a psychologist who spent time working as an expert witness for the family court, and was also the psychologist for the TV reality show Big Brother, has pleaded guilty to historical child sexual abuse. He faces up to...

Sydney Man Sent to Prison for Child Sexual Offences

by Sonia Hickey
“Police don’t have the tools or the power to catch people like me,” Kurtis Whaley boasted to a friend of one of his victims shortly before he was arrested at Sydney Airport in February 2019. In January 2020, the 24-year...

Scout Leader Sent to Prison For Child Sexual Offences

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A former New South Wales scout leader has been given a full term of more than 31 years in prison after pleading guilty to 12 child sexual assault offences, including one count of sexual intercourse with a child under 10...

Westpac Accused of Enabling Child Sexual Offences

by Sonia Hickey
In amongst all of the COVID-19 news and updates, it seems we’ve been distracted from a lot of other important social issues. Climate change and domestic violence, for example, as well as the fact that Westpac is being investigated over...

Why Pell Walked: The High Court’s Findings

by Paul Gregoire & Ugur Nedim
The full-bench of the High Court of Australia unanimously entered verdicts of acquittal in favour of appellant George Pell on 7 April 2020, in relation to child sexual offences in respect of which a jury unanimously found him guilty in...

George Pell Not Guilty, High Court Finds

by Sonia Hickey
Cardinal George Pell will walk free today after the High Court of Australia granted special leave for him to appeal against his convictions in the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria for child sexual offences, allowed his...

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...

Child Sexual Abuse and Trafficking are Prevalent in Australia

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
When you hear about child trafficking and child exploitation, you tend to think of poorer nations, particularly those in Asia that have long been well-known for both. But a new Australian report suggests that it’s more prolific here than most...
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