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Ex-cop jailed 10 years for raping girl
A former NSW policeman whose sexual assault of a girl began when she was 12 and progressed to rape has been sentenced to at least 10 years in jail.
60, served about 26 years as a police officer before he was arrested while at work in 2006 for the attacks, which began in 1997 and went on until 2003.
Chivers is already serving a minimum of three years and four months for the sexual assault of another girl in the early 1980s.
In the Downing Centre District Court on Friday, Chivers hung his head as he was sentenced to a non-parole period of at least 10 years, with a maximum sentence of 15 years, for 10 charges of rape, attempted rape and indecent assault on the young girl.
The woman, now 23, sobbed as details of the attacks on her were read to the court by Judge Robyn Tupman, who described them as a "gross violation of her bodily integrity".
When she was just 12 years old, Chivers had thrown her down on a bed and performed oral sex on her and then forced her to watch while he masturbated, the judge said.
After he finished, Chivers allegedly told her, "Sorry mate, I just had to do that".
Later, when she was older, he raped her and on one occasion beat her.
When she asked him, "Why me?" he allegedly responded, "Come on mate, we're friends, we have a special bond. It'll stop when you're 18. It happens all the time - it's very common."
Eventually, the girl became resigned to her fate and did not fight his advances, Judge Tupman said.
"She had become resigned to ongoing sexual contact with the offender ... she did not resist any longer because she had come to accept that this was what was expected of her," the judge said.
"She thought she had no choice.
"She believed that she loved the offender and ... she also believed that the offender also loved her and this was just part of what she had to endure in her life."
Judge Tupman described Chivers' actions as a "gross violation of trust".
"Children are entitled to enjoy their childhood and to be children, not be used by adults in this way," she said.
"It's a gross violation of the trust children ought to feel they can place in all adults."
Outside court the woman said Chivers could "burn in hell", but she was very happy with the result.
"All smiles from me - time to move on. (I'm) very happy," she told reporters.
In handing down the sentence, Judge Tupman said he accepted that Chivers had been suffering from depression and anxiety relating to his job as a police officer, but said this in no way explained his behaviour.
She acknowledged he was effectively in solitary confinement for most of his time in prison because he had to be kept in protective custody with 12 high profile offenders.
He refused to associate with them because he was afraid of them, and only conversed with one other former police officer inmate, she said.
"I accept that he has a fear, genuinely based, that he may be murdered in the jail system, if not seriously harmed," she said.
Chivers will be eligible for parole on October 15, 2019.
Angry policeman pays for his years of molesting children
A policeman who preyed on young girls is now in protective custody as a convicted pedophile, writes Geesche Jacobsen.
KEVIN CHIVERS had been a police officer for more than two decades. Now his nearest neighbours are Michael Guider, killer of the schoolgirl Samantha Knight; Robert Farmer, the man who attacked Lauren Huxley; Michael Anthony Wallace, who murdered Zoe Zou; and a group of Pakistani gang rapists known as the K Brothers.
Chivers, 59, is in such company in strict protection in Goulburn prison because the former policeman is a convicted pedophile.
He has already been sentenced to three years in prison for sexually assaulting a girl in the 1980s. But on Friday he will be sentenced for another 10 counts of rape, attempted rape and indecent assault against a girl from 1997 to 2003.
''If he had been charged immediately after the first offences, not only would the others not have happened, but he would not have had years working as a police officer,'' Judge Robyn Tupman said during a District Court sentencing hearing on Friday.
Claims that Chivers assaulted two other girls, including one in the mid-1970s, were not found proved, in separate trials, by juries which did not hear about the extent of the allegations against him.
The Herald can now reveal for the first time all these details and Chivers's name and photograph. The woman he has been acquitted of assaulting in the 1970s when the teenager was babysitting his children, had tried to tell her grandmother about the attacks, but says she was told: ''Sweetheart, there are some things you have got to take to your grave.''
''I was frightened. In those days he was a policeman, you didn't report things like that … You were classified as a slut,'' she told the court last year.
The woman then told someone about the alleged attacks about 10 years ago when she was undergoing hypnosis to lose weight, but denied her memories were false.
Another woman, who was assaulted by Chivers in the mid-1980s when she was aged 10 or 11, said she felt ''waves of terror'' and believed he would kill her. ''He was a policeman. He was the law … How could a child say anything against a police officer?''
As a joke, he allegedly locked her up in the police cells with another girl and her teddy bear, which was tendered in court. He allegedly told them: ''This is what happens to naughty people.''
The other girl also came forward in 2006 alleging he had assaulted her but three times before she had denied she too had been abused and the jury acquitted him of those charges.
His behaviour was exposed only three years ago when his last victim, then in her early 20s, contacted police. She had been repeatedly sexually assaulted by Chivers over six years and the Crown alleged he was ''an opportunist [who] molested her whenever circumstances arose''.
He admitted he once assaulted her when he was angry, but has denied all allegations of sexual abuse against any girls.
Even his lawyer argued that he was an ''extremely difficult'' man who was ''often cranky'' and had been diagnosed with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
The woman, in evidence, spoke of his ''Gollum side'', after the character in The Lord of the Rings.
During the argument, which he admitted, he threw a plate of ice-cream at her before grabbing her by the throat and pushing her against a door. The next day he visited her and showed her a piece of paper headed ''hitlist'', with her name at the top, and those of her friends and family below. The woman had been emotionally vulnerable when Chivers began grooming her for abuse, the prosecutor had told the court.
In letters tendered in court, Chivers addressed her as ''Jane'' and signed them as ''Boy'' after the characters from the Tarzan books.
''I know it's my fault and you don't have to keep saying it. I realise it every day,'' he wrote to her after the abuse ended.
''Jane, I know I've had some dumb ideas in the past, but they are in the past.''
The names of his victims and the other women who accused him of assault cannot be published for legal reasons. Judge Tupman also stressed there was no suggestion Chivers had ever offended against any of the children attending his wife's childcare centre.
''It is an entirely peripheral matter,'' she said and there was no need for concern or worry by members of the public.
His barrister, Michael Pickin, told the court Chivers should get a sentence of perhaps five to seven years. He urged the court to take into account his client's post-traumatic stress, caused by his work in the police force, and the conditions in jail.
Chivers is being held in protective custody and has been threatened in prison. Mr Pickin said he was being housed in a unit with people regarded as pariahs by other inmates.
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