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Craig Anthony Ratcliffe (Ratcliff) (Also known as"Andrew Lee Morphett")
Age: 49 yrs old (2010)
State:South Australia- Adelaide
Sentenced 1991 in an SA Court
to a suspended sentence/ 3yr, $500 good behaviour bond.
Convicted in 1991 - 7 charges of unlawful sexual intercourse.Victim was a 14 yr old boy who later committed suicide.
Ratcliffe received a very lenient sentence??(the SA advertiser reported ratcliffe as living in Henley Beach SA- March 2005).
For more information about Ratcliffe read the newspaper articles below.
Craig Ratcliffe (2008)
Facebook 'must ban paedophile Craig Ratcliff's profile' says Victim Rights Activist
A victims' rights advocate will petition Facebook to remove the profile of a convicted Adelaide paedophile who
is using the site to communicate with young people.
Craig Ratcliff was convicted in 1991 of seven counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old boy.
In 2008, he was given a suspended sentence for telling "scandalous lies" about a serving MP, claiming in a series
of TV interviews that the politician had been involved in homosexual activities in the south parklands.
Michael O'Connell, South Australia's Commissioner for Victims' Rights, said it was "inappropriate" for a convicted
sex offender to use a social networking site.
"As commissioner, I'm unhappy that convicted sex offenders are allowed to use a community page to seek friendships
with people of all ages," he said.
"In becoming aware of this I will, in consultation with police, write to Facebook to ask that the page be removed.
"I've done it before when someone set up a mock website under the name of Bevan Spencer Von Einem. I wrote to
them and they removed that page."
Many of Ratcliff's 69 Facebook friends are young people - although none appear to be children.
He has been using his profile to play a Harry Potter game and post photographs of himself with his family.
In one, he wears an Eminem jumper and is making obscene finger gestures at the camera. He also used the page
to lament the death of killer Carl Williams.
"Oh well, life goes on even after Carl Williams died in prison yesterday aged only 39 years old, my condolences
to his father and daughter, he may have made mistakes in life, but every one has a right to live, at least now
he is in peace," he wrote in April.
A police spokeswoman said yesterday there was no law preventing a convicted sex offender from using a social
networking site - unless it was used to procure a child.
Federal Minister for Home Affairs, Brendan O'Connor, said the Government was committed to preventing child
abuse both online and in the real world.
Craig Ratcliff gets suspended sentence for calling MP a pedophile
A man who spread "scandalous" and false rumours of pedophilia against a
serving South Australian MP has walked from the Supreme Court on a suspended prison sentence.
Craig Ratcliff, 47, told a series of lies in a television interview in
August 2004, claiming the politician had sex with underage boys at Veale
Gardens in the Adelaide parklands.
Ratcliff later recanted his claims, saying he realised the politician was
not the man known as "Terry" who frequented gay beats in the late 1980s
and early 1990s.
Justice Ann Vanstone said Ratcliff had been encouraged into taking part
in the television interview by anti-child abuse campaigners Wendy Utting
and Barry Standfield, who told him others had made similar claims against the MP.
She said Ratcliff was driven by "some sort of warped satisfaction in making
allegations against someone who you believed to be in a privileged position".
"I think that you enjoyed your moment of celebrity and the attention you were
given," Justice Vanstone said.
Ms Utting and Mr Standfield were last week acquitted of criminal defamation,
while Ratcliff pleaded guilty before trial.
Justice Vanstone said the "scurrilous" allegations had a devastating effect
on the politician.
The judge said the false allegations caused the politician "horror and distress,
especially for his family, that such heinous allegations should be made against him".
The court heard Ratcliff, who received a suspended prison term for having sex with
a teenage boy in the 1990s, was an alcoholic with chronic mental problems stemming from his own sexual abuse as a child.
Justice Vanstone ruled that Ratcliff's six-month prison term should be suspended
because of his guilty plea, his mental state and the fact that he was encouraged
into making the claims by Ms Utting and Mr Standfield.
Ratcliff shook visibly throughout the sentencing and was barely able to
croak "yes" when asked if he was willing to enter into a three-year good
behaviour bond before leaving court alone.
Adelaide Advertiser (18-12-2008)
Pedophile Criminal past of Lewis's star witness
The man at the centre of allegations a serving politician was
involved in homosexual activities at Veale Gardens in Adelaide's
south parklands is a convicted pedophile.
It has been revealed that "Wayne" – whose real name is Craig Anthony
Ratcliffe – was convicted in 1991 of seven counts of unlawful sexual
intercourse with a 14-year-old boy.
District Court records show that Ratcliffe, 44, of Henley Beach, who
is known to authorities by four different names, was given a
three-year, $500 suspended sentence for his crimes, which were
committed while he went under the name of Andrew Lee Morphett.
The shock revelation has severely damaged Parliamentary Speaker
Peter Lewis's standing in the case and has left Ratcliffe's
credibility as a witness in tatters.
In a day of drama in the political controversy yesterday:
MR Lewis attacked police over their handling of the case and
claimed that a senior officer has defamed him.
POLICE Commissioner Mal Hyde said that the 2003 investigation
that found the allegations to be unsubstantiated was externally audited.
RATCLIFFE said he had seen a photograph of the MP in Veale
Gardens, despite telling The Advertiser on Tuesday that
he had not seen any images.
POLICE Association President Peter Alexander rejected Mr
Lewis's attack on police and said that "extreme caution"
needed to be taken in dealing with Ratcliffe's allegations.
Mr Lewis has been under siege by his parliamentary colleagues
since last week raising the allegations about a politician.
Mr Lewis yesterday claimed officers were acting in an unprofessional
manner and had not properly investigated the claims during a 2003
Anti-Corruption Branch investigation.
That investigation was launched after Liberal MP Wayne Matthew
arranged a meeting between Ratcliffe and police. It found the
allegations were unsubstantiated and found no evidence video footage
of the MP in Veale Gardens existed.
"I think the police have failed to investigate it properly in the past
and equally failed to date to conduct themselves in a manner that's
professional," Mr Lewis said on the ABC Radio Matthew Abraham and David
Bevan morning show yesterday. "Certainly the police that are involved
here ... haven't behaved professionally or decently."
Mr Lewis said he believed police who conducted the first investigation
in 2003 did not deal with the people who came to them telling them
about it in any way "respectfully of the information they were providing".
"They always treated them, according to the people in their sworn
statements, as separate ... separately nutters," he said.
Mr Lewis alleged that was improper and he believed statements made by
Assistant Commissioner (Crime) Madeleine Glynn in an interview last
Thursday had defamed him.
Police Commissioner Mal Hyde responded, stating Mr Lewis had not
previously raised any concerns about the 2003 inquiry and he "has
not had access to the investigation file".
"The investigation file has been audited by an external auditor,
as is normal process," he said. "If Mr Lewis has information to
support his claim I urge him to bring it forward so that the
matter can be investigated."
Mr Hyde also rejected Mr Lewis's claims about Ms Glynn. "The
comments not only reflect unfavourably on Assistant Commissioner
Glynn, but they also have the potential to undermine public
confidence in the South Australian police," he said.
"I wish to assure the community that Assistant Commissioner
Glynn has an outstanding record, is highly regarded as a
competent and professional police officer and has my confidence."
Police Association president Peter Alexander last night said it was
extraordinary that Mr Lewis would "progress these allegations
in the manner that he has".
"His public attack on the SA police force and individual police
officers by name and inference is unacceptable," he said.
"Mr Lewis's complaints regarding the handling of the police inquiry
should have been brought to the attention of the Commissioner of Police
in the first instance.
"Notwithstanding the need to follow-up all allegations, for a convicted
pedophile to make allegations such as this there needs to be extreme caution
in dealing with his allegations."
At a press conference last night, Mr Lewis said that if he were the MP at
the centre of pedophile allegations he would stand down.
"It's not a requirement in law – it's a matter of ethics. If it were me,
I would," he said. Mr Lewis said the police officers who did the initial
investigations should be "ashamed of themselves".
He denied he was undermining public confidence in the SA
Police. "Well, he (Mr Hyde) may say that, it's his choice," he said. "I wish
he would communicate with me. I wish he would answer my correspondence."
Ratcliffe last night conceded his conviction for pedophile offences
had damaged his credibility.
"I guess it does – what do you expect? I don't doubt that it would
cause some damage," he said. "I am not perfect, I don't swear to be perfect."
Ratcliffe also moved to clarify statements he made to The Advertiser
on Tuesday concerning the images.
In that tape-recorded interview he was asked several direct questions
relating to the alleged images of the MP at Veale Gardens.
When asked if he had ever had a copy of the images on his computer
hard drive or if he had ever seen them, he replied: "No I haven't."
Ratcliffe said he was "muddled up" when he was interviewed on Tuesday.
While he again confirmed he had "never seen" the alleged video of the
MP, he said he had seen a photograph of the MP at the Veale Gardens.
My Future Is At Stake
Peter Lewis has admitted his standing in the office of
Speaker has "probably" been damaged by the revelation
the key witness in the MP pedophile scandal is a
convicted child abuser.
Mr Lewis conceded yesterday the results of the
police Anti-Corruption Branch inquiry into the
allegation a serving politician was involved in
homosexual activities at Veale Gardens in
Adelaide's south parklands would be the
catalyst to determine his future in State
In an exclusive interview, Mr Lewis said
he would consider resigning if the
allegations were found to be incorrect.
"If there is no foundation in truth, I will
certainly consider my position," Mr Lewis said.
His tenuous position as Speaker became clear
yesterday when Premier Mike Rann was asked in
Parliament whether he retained confidence in Mr Lewis.
Significantly, Mr Rann shied away from
declaring his confidence in Mr Lewis.
Asked by Liberal MP Isobel Redmond whether
he still had confidence in the Speaker, Mr
Rann said that there should be no pressure
and no interference with the police inquiry "by anyone".
"Any discussion of the Speaker's role in
raising allegations against an MP and the
manner in which those allegations were
raised involves the discussion of matters
which are the subject of a current
police investigation," Mr Rann said.
"It is highly undesirable to allow a
debate that pre-empts the findings
of that investigation and I am not
prepared to risk compromising that
Mr Rann said he was mindful of the
high standards of behaviour and propriety
expected of all MPs, and also mindful that
Mr Lewis vowed when he took over as Speaker "to do my
utmost to protect all members' rights, collectively
The Advertiser yesterday revealed that Craig Anthony
Ratcliffe, 44, the man who alleges there is video evidence
of a serving MP involved in a sexual act at Veale Gardens,
was convicted in 1991 of seven counts of unlawful sexual
intercourse with a 14-year-old boy.
District Court records show that Ratcliffe, who is
known to authorities by four different names, had
his sentence suspended on condition of a
three-year, $500 good behaviour bond.
His crimes were committed while he went by
the name of Andrew Lee Morphett.
Mr Lewis yesterday said he was aware Ratcliffe was a
convicted pedophile and although his credibility was
diminished by this, he believed Ratcliffe's allegations
were still valid.
"No, you see, one swallow doesn't make a summer ... " Mr Lewis said
in an ABC radio interview early yesterday.
In a later interview with The Advertiser, Mr Lewis conceded he was
concerned a shadow had been cast over Ratcliffe's
evidence by his conviction.
"In isolation I am, yes," he said.
"But just because somebody has been guilty of an
offence for which they have been convicted and given
a suspended sentence and have not reoffended since, does
not mean they are to be ignored if what they say is corroborated
by others without those others knowing that is in fact what they are doing."
When asked by The Advertiser if he would consider resigning as
Speaker if the police investigation found the allegations
surrounding the serving politician to be incorrect and
unsubstantiated, Mr Lewis replied: "Yes."
"It's a no-less responsible thing," he said. "I said to
you I will most certainly think about what I am doing."
Likewise, when asked if he believed the development in
the controversy had damaged his standing in the matter,
Mr Lewis replied: "Yes."
"The public tend to think in isolation, I guess, that I
have relied on unreliable people," he said. "Well, all I
have done take the information from those people, reliable
or not, and where it cross-correlates, said 'well
goodness, for the sake of all of us this needs to be cleaned up'."
Mr Lewis also said his standing in the office of
Speaker had "probably" been damaged by the controversy.
"I just have to go on being credible myself, I guess,
no more or less than I ever have been, and try and
ensure that the public understand this isn't a
conspiracy between me and some other nitwits or
nutters – because they are not – to do injury to
any one member of Parliament," he said.
"But rather, my job and responsibility as Speaker
to protect the reputation of all members of
Parliament and where one is involved or may have
been involved, alleged to have been involved, in
an act which is considered a felony, they are duly
brought to justice if that is the case."
Police Commissioner Mal Hyde on Monday ordered the
Anti-Corruption Branch to conduct another investigation
into the allegations, which were publicly raised by Mr Lewis last week.
In 2003 the same allegations were investigated after
Liberal MP Wayne Matthew arranged a meeting between
Ratcliffe and police. It found the allegations were
unsubstantiated and found no evidence video footage
of the MP in Veale Gardens existed.
Mr Lewis said he did not believe the new Anti-Corruption
Branch inquiry would be completed in the short term.
"I don't think it is going to be cleaned up in the next
couple of weeks," he said.
Meanwhile, it emerged yesterday the Democrats will move
when Parliament resumes in three weeks for an Independent
Commission Against Crime and Corruption to be established.
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