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Paedophile back in jail

Convicted Yass paedophile Leon Michael Wicks has been taken into custody charged with another sex offence against a child.
Police charged the 52-year-old with assault with an act of indecency. The charge relates to an alleged incident with a 16-year-old boy near Yass in January.
Police said the boy, who had formerly worked with Wicks, reported the incident on Friday.
Wicks attended Yass Police Station on Tuesday and was arrested and charged with the indecency offence and failure to comply with reporting conditions that are necessary as part of his listing on the Child Protection Register.
He appeared in Goulburn Local Court on Wednesday, did not apply for bail and did not enter pleas to these latest charges.
Wicks, a former TAFE employee, was convicted of paedophilia in 2005 when he pleaded guilty to having sex with boys during a trip to Thailand. He was sentenced to five years jail with a non-parole period of three years.
He was again arrested in 2011 when police raided his home and seized child pornography materials.
He was sentenced to 21 months behind bars and in January that was extended by two months for further sex offences.
Shock-jock Ray Hadley blasted Wicks’ past offences during his 2GB morning show on Wednesday.
“When is this going to stop?” he said.
“When is someone going to say this is a recidivous offender who just can’t control himself, when’s someone going to stop him.”
Mr Hadley was outraged.
“This is a sick individual and the community of Yass know everything about him, yet he continues to allegedly offend.”
Wicks will be back in Goulburn Local Court on July 16.


www.yasstribune.com.au (3-6-2014)
http://www.yasstribune.com.au/story/2326286/paedophile-back-in-jail/


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Wicks awaits sentencing

A registered Yass paedophile has pleaded guilty to five charges of possessing child pornography on his home computers.
Leon Michael Wicks, 50, has been committed for sentence in Queanbeyan District Court on May 28. He remains in custody.
Police charged Wicks after they raided his Yass home on December 16 last year. They seized an internet-ready laptop, which is prohibited for people on the Child Protection Register, a camera SD card, two computer towers and USB thumb-drives for examination.
The hardware contained images of young boys in sexually explicit activities.
Police further charged Wicks with obscene exposure in a public place, behaving in an offensive manner in a public place, and failing to comply with reporting obligations as part of the sex offender’s register.
He has pleaded not guilty to these charges. They will proceed at a later date before Goulburn Court.
Wicks is a former senior executive of the New South Wales State Emergency Service (SES) and worked as a teacher at TAFE in Yass.
He was placed on the Child Protection Register after being convicted of paedophilia in 2005. He was SES far-west division executive officer, based in Cobar, when he pleaded guilty to having sex with boys during a Thai holiday.
He was sentenced to five years' jail for that offence with a non-parole period of three years.


www.yasstribune.com.au (24-5-2012)
http://www.yasstribune.com.au/story/215689/wicks-awaits-sentencing/




Ex-SES head pleads guilty to child porn charges

A former senior executive of the New South Wales State Emergency Service (SES) has pleaded guilty to the possession of child pornography.
In mid-December, police searched Leon Michael Wicks's house and seized a laptop containing images of young boys in sexually explicit activities.
It is not the first time Wicks has committed a child sex offence.
In 2005, he was SES far-west division executive officer, based in Cobar, when he pleaded guilty to having sex with boys during a Thai holiday.
He was sentenced to five years' jail for that offence with a non-parole period of three years.
Wicks, who lives in Yass with his mother, also occasionally taught at the local TAFE college.
The 50-year-old has been committed for sentencing in the Queanbeyan District Court.
He will be sentenced in a week's time.


www.abc.net.au (18-5-2012)
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-05-18/former-ses-executive-pleads-guilty-to-child-porn-charges/4020496




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