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Former Police Officer Charged with 98 Criminal Offences

by Sonia Hickey
A former Victorian police officer has faced the Melbourne Magistrates court, charged with 98 criminal offences including rape and stalking, which were allegedly committed while he was a serving officer. 41-year old Brett Johnson is facing 98 charges including three...

What Are the Conditions of Parole in New South Wales?

by Sonia Hickey
38-year old Mohammed Skaf has spent 21 years in prison after being sentenced to a maximum of 22 years and 11 months for being part of a group of more than a dozen teenagers and young men who sexually assaulted...

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...

The Crime of Concealing a Child Abuse Offence in New South Wales

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
The leader of the Hillsong Church, Brian Houston, has been charged with concealing a child abuse offence perpetrated by his father, Frank Houston, in the 1970s. Brian Houston is a personal friend of the Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, who...

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....

Sexual Assault Charge Brought Over Alleged Rape in Parliament House

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
The man accused of sexually assaulting Brittany Higgins in Parliament House in 2019, has been named, and will face court later this year. Former Liberal staffer Bruce Lehrmann has been charged in the nation’s capital with one count of sexual...

Judge Found to Have Sexually Harassed Court Staff

by Sonia Hickey
Parramatta Federal Circuit Court Judge, Joe Harmon, has been found to have sexually harassed two young women after an internal inquiry. The inquiry was initiated after one of the victims sought legal advice. In a statement, The Chief Judge of...

False Sexual Assault Allegation Ruins Man’s Life

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
False sexual assault allegations are rarely publicised, and no official data is collected about them. In fact, those who publicise these allegations can find themselves on the receiving end of criticism for reporting on an issue which they say pales...

Is There a Statute of Limitations for Criminal Offences in New South Wales?

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
Bill Cosby has returned home, after Pennsylvania’s highest court quashed his conviction for sexual assault. It’s an extraordinary turnaround for one of the most high-profile cases of the #Metoo era, causing mixed reactions and leading many to question how such...

Weinstein Faces Further Sexual Assault Charges

by Sonia Hickey
A New York judge has paved the way for Harvey Weinstein to be extradited from prison in New York to California to face further charges. The former Hollywood movie producer and co-founder of the Miramax film studio, which prodiced blockbusters...
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