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Name: DENNIS JOHN MCKENNA (WA)

Age: 67 yrs old (2012)

State: WA

Sentence: Sentenced in October 2011 to 6 yrs jail. Sentenced again in Feb 2013 to 9yrs jail/ Eligible for parole.

Offence/Other: Considered one of WA's worst paedophiles. Former St Andrews hostel warden at Katanning, in WA's south. Convicted of 10 counts of sexual abuse against 6 children in his care (2011). Previous conviction in 1991. Pleaded guilty to latest charges (2013).




Serial paedophile Dennis McKenna in new court fight over offending history

Serial West Australian paedophile Dennis McKenna is fighting an attempt by prosecutors to have details of his prior convictions included as evidence in a new trial he is facing next month.
McKenna has pleaded not guilty to two charges of indecently dealing with a boarder at the St Andrews Hostel in Katanning, where he was the warden between 1975 and 1988.
McKenna is already serving a jail term for a string of offences committed against other residents of the hostel.
His trial will be heard by a judge sitting without a jury because of the amount of publicity McKenna's crimes have received, including coverage of a special Government inquiry in 2011 to examine what happened at the hostel.
At a pre-trial hearing today, prosecutors argued the trial judge should be given details of McKenna's 44 prior offences at the hostel as "evidence of his preparedness" to abuse "adolescent males who were under his care".
The application was opposed by McKenna's barrister Simon Watters, who argued there was a danger in using the material as part of "broad brush" approach to his client's case.
District Court Judge Philip Eaton reserved his decision until next week.
McKenna appeared in court via video link from Acacia prison.


www.abc.net.au (13-8-2015)
Joanna Menagh
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-13/serial-wa-paedophile-dennis-mckenna-in-new-court-fight/6694902
 
 

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Paedophile McKenna gets judge-alone trial

Convicted paedophile Dennis McKenna, who is already in jail for sexual offending against boys when he was a hostel warden, will face further charges in a judge-alone trial.
McKenna is already behind bars for dozens of counts of sexual offending against teenage boys when he was the warden at St Andrew's Hostel in Katanning in Western Australia's south between 1975 and 1990.
Further allegations emerged last year, which he pleaded not guilty to.
On Monday, McKenna successfully applied in the District Court of WA to have his case decided by a judge alone.
He will next appear in court, via video link, for a trial listing hearing on Friday.


www.watoday.com.au (20-4-2015)
http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/paedophile-mckenna-gets-judgealone-trial-20150420-1moyg8.html

Dennis John McKenna appears in Katanning court on historic child sex abuse charges

Dennis John McKenna has appeared in Katanning Magistrates Court to face facing new child sex charges.
The 69-year-old is alleged to have abused a young boy between 1975 and 1988, when he was the warden of a hostel in the Great Southern town.
He has been charged with the indecent treatment of a child under 14 years of age, and committing indecent practices between males in public or private.
The charges were laid as the result of a long-running investigation by the Child Abuse Squad.
Mr McKenna did not enter a plea and will appear in Perth Magistrates Court next month.
Anyone with information about child sexual abuse, or who is a victim of child sexual abuse, is asked to call police on 131 444.


www.news.com.au (15-7-2014)
http://www.news.com.au/national/western-australia/dennis-john-mckenna-appears-in-katanning-court-on-historic-child-sex-abuse-charges/story-fnii5thn-1226989957066

Pedophile Dennis McKenna appeals ‘crushing’ sentence

The father of one of WA’s worst pedophiles claims some victims have “jumped on the bandwagon” and were not abused by his son, who only pleaded guilty to get a lesser sentence.
Serial pedophile Dennis McKenna has lodged an appeal in the WA Supreme Court against his nine-year sentence, claiming it was crushing, considering he was already serving a jail term and how old he would be upon release.
McKenna has been convicted of 63 offences against 28 boys at St Andrew's Hostel in Katanning, where he was the warden between 1975 and 1990.
The 69-year-old was jailed last year for an additional nine years to be served cumulatively with his July 2011 sentence of six years and four months for similar sexual offending.
He had pleaded guilty to 34 new charges including several counts of unlawful indecent dealings, carnal knowledge against the order of nature and gross indecency.
McKenna was previously jailed in 1991 for molesting boys and including that jail term, has now been sentenced to a total of 22 years and one month in prison.
But his father, Doug McKenna, said his son had always insisted that some of the men had “jumped on the bandwagon” to get compensation and that he had not touched them.
“He admits to me that there's quite a few that he did, but there's a lot that he didn't,” he told 6PR radio.
Mr McKenna said his son was promised a reduced sentence for pleading guilty and did so “to get it all over with”.
He said his son had settled in very well in prison but was hoping to shave off about two years from his sentence, which would mean he would be released in 2022.
McKenna's victims said they were disappointed that the appeal had been lodged.


www.news.com.au (14-5-2014)
http://www.news.com.au/national/western-australia/pedophile-dennis-mckenna-appeals-crushing-sentence/story-fnii5thn-1226917427901

Paedophile McKenna gets extra nine years

Hostel paedophile Dennis McKenna has received a further nine years jail for a prolific reign of sexual abuse against the largest group of victims in Western Australia's known history.
McKenna, 68, is already serving a six-year prison term since July 2011 for molesting boys in his care at St Andrew's Hostel in Katanning between 1975 and 1990, and was previously jailed in 1991 for similar offences.
He was sentenced in Perth's District Court on Monday to an additional nine years to be served cumulatively with his 2011 sentence.
The latest convictions bring McKenna's full sentence to 22 years and one month in prison for committing 63 offences against 28 victims.
Considering time already served and eligibility for parole he could be released in 11 years.
The sentence came after McKenna pleaded guilty to a string of new charges including several counts of unlawful indecent dealings, carnal knowledge against the order of nature and gross indecency.
Judge Sleight delivered his sentence to a courtroom filled with McKenna's victims - most now in their 40s - who were supported by friends and family.
Many broke down as the court heard of McKenna's systematic pattern of abuse, luring boys into his flat to watch pornography with him and plying them with alcohol before sexually abusing them.
Judge Sleight said there was no precedent in WA where such a "vast" number of people had been abused and how McKenna was able to get away with the abuse for 12 years was simply "staggering".
He said McKenna had been "...treating the hostel as a sexual smorgasbord," whilst employed as the warden.
He had used his popularity and influence to manipulate the boys for his own sexual gratification, Judge Sleight said.
"You created an environment where you became a dominant personality," he said.
As McKenna left the dock on Monday "dog, dog, dog, dog," was yelled from the back of the court.
Outside, McKenna's lawyer Patti Chong said she did not know what else her client could do to prove he was remorseful.
The case prompted an inquiry last year into whether authorities knew about the sexual abuse at the Katanning hostel.
The scope of the inquiry was later expanded to include St Christopher's hostel at Northam, Hardie House at South Hedland and St Michael's House at Merredin.
WA Premier Colin Barnett apologised to the victims and said they could apply for up to $45,000 in compensation.


www.watoday.com.au (18-2-2013)
Rania Spooner
http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/paedophile-mckenna-gets-extra-nine-years-20130218-2emsq.html

Paedophile McKenna apologises

Victims of Dennis John McKenna have received an apology from the serial paedophile through his lawyer but will have to wait until next month for him to be sentenced on 34 counts of sexual abuse after a judge this morning delayed the decision.
About 30 people wore blue wristbands bearing the words “St Andrew’s Hostel Supporter” as they sat in Perth District Court to hear his fate on fresh charges against 17 young boys.
McKenna, 68, who was the warden of the State-run Katanning hostel between 1975 and 1990, pleaded guilty to the offences in October after negotiations with prosecutors saw the total number of charges reduced from 69.
He is already serving a six-year prison term for molesting boys at St Andrew’s Hostel in Katanning between 1975 and 1990, and was previously jailed in 1991 for similar offences.
During sentencing submissions, defence lawyer Patti Chong read out an apology from McKenna to his victims and their families and friends.
In the statement, McKenna admitted sexual abusing young boys at the hostel and conceded that his actions had robbed his victims of their innocence, destroyed their lives and caused them and their families’ life long sorrow.
“I robbed the victims of their innocence, corrupted them, destroyed their lives, caused them and their families profound sorrow and committed acts which have had grave lifelong consequences for them and their families,” the statement read.
“I sincerely and truly apologise to all the victims of my abuse, their friends and families, and express my deep remorse and contrition for my conduct.
“I seek forgiveness from the victims and their families for my sins and my crimes but accept it may be an insurmountable task in the face of the pain and suffering I have caused.
“I hope that in some way, my apology may appease the victims and help them heal and move on with their lives.”
Ms Chong also cited pre-sentence and psychological reports, and argued that her client felt “immense shame and horror” over his crimes.
She said he accepted and regretted his offending, and referred to a report that noted he had been on a “journey of self-discovery“ since his first imprisonment in 1991 and had not reoffended since then, having successfully rehabilitated himself.
McKenna felt empathy for his victims after exploring unresolved issues about his own abuse as a child, Ms Chong said.
Judge Kevin Sleight said he needed more time to consider material submitted to the court, including victim impact statements, before sentencing McKenna.
Sentencing is now due to take place on February 18.
The case prompted an inquiry last year into whether authorities knew about the sexual abuse at the Katanning hostel.
The scope of the inquiry was later expanded to include St Christopher’s hostel at Northam, Hardie House at South Hedland and St Michael’s House at Merredin.
WA Premier Colin Barnett apologised to the victims on behalf of the State Government.
The victims can apply for up to $45,000 in compensation.


The West Australian (25-1-2013)
Michelle Wheeler
http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/15954199/paedophile-mckenna-apology/

Serial paedophile Dennis Mckenna considers guilty plea to fresh sex abuse charges

Convicted hostel paedophile Dennis John McKenna has indicated he may plead guilty to 66 fresh charges of child sex abuse dating back to the 1970s and 1980s.
The offences relate to 16 new alleged victims.
During his first court appearance on the new charges this morning, McKenna's lawyer Andrew Maughan requested a three-week adjournment while plea negotiations continued.
McKenna is already serving his second jail term for similar offences against 11 students.
He was issued with the new charges last month following a long-running investigation.
A state government-ordered inquiry into the systemic sex abuse at the Katanning hostel is running parallel to the case and has heard fresh evidence about McKenna's alleged behaviour.
It also heard allegations that numerous people in authority did not act on complaints or suspicions about McKenna.
It is alleged the new set of crimes were committed between 1975 and 1988, when McKenna worked at St Andrew's Hostel in Katanning, including as warden from 1977.
He was jailed in 1991 after being found guilty of sexually abusing five students until about 1990.
He was again jailed last year after pleading guilty to abusing six more students.
McKenna, 67, is facing charges including 26 counts of indecency between males, three counts of permit carnal knowledge against order of nature, 24 counts of unlawful and indecent assault on a male and eight counts of indecent dealing with a child under 14.
His case has been adjourned to June 14.


www.smh.com.au (24-5-2012)
Courtney Trenwith
http://www.smh.com.au/wa-news/serial-paedophile-dennis-mckenna-considers-guilty-plea-to-fresh-sex-abuse-charges-20120524-1z6mo.html

Hostel board chairman Keith Stephens caught Dennis McKenna in bed with son

The father of a victim of Dennis McKenna has told an inquiry how he walked in and found his son in bed with the notorious pedophile but did nothing about it after being threatened.
From 1975 to 1990, McKenna was a warden at the state-run St Andrews student hostel in the Western Australian wheatbelt town of Katanning, where he sexually abused boys in his care.
In evidence to a closed-door hearing of the inquiry yesterday, a transcript of which was released today, Keith Stephens said he walked into McKenna's room at the hostel, where his 16-year-old son was boarding, to find them in bed together.
He could not remember if they were naked, but did remember them lying on their backs close to each other in the middle of the day.
The year was 1976 and Mr Stephens was chairman of the hostel board to which McKenna reported.
Despite this, Mr Stephens testified that he went home to his wife to discuss what he had seen but took no further action.
"I did the thing that I thought was right for my son and the hostel at the time, and it was wrong, very wrong, and I know that now, but I didn't know it then,'' he said.
"Of course it looked suspicious.''
Mr Stephens at first told the inquiry he had never asked McKenna what he was doing in bed with his son and that McKenna never told him.
He then admitted he had lied.
"Your Honour, I've just committed a crime. I've told a lie,'' Mr Stephens said.
''(McKenna) said to me, 'If you say anything about what you saw I will destroy you'. That's the shortened one.''
The longer version of events, Mr Stephens said, involved threats to take his farm, "smash'' his family, "smash'' his marriage and "destroy you''.
Mr Stephens said after the threats, he could never tell anyone what happened.
*"We've all been victims"
Today, the inquiry heard from McKenna's sister-in-law, Wendy McKenna, 50, who is the wife of younger brother Neil McKenna, 53, a convicted child rapist who is serving more than six years jail for his abuse of a 15-year-old girl at the same hostel.
Wendy McKenna, who continues to stand by her husband, said the entire family were victims of Dennis McKenna's crimes.
"We've all been victims of him,'' a sobbing Mrs McKenna told the inquiry.
"I'm sorry, I didn't know about anything that was going on.''
It was a familiar claim, as one after the other, McKenna family members who had all worked as supervisors at the hostel while Dennis was warden described how they had seen him act inappropriately with male students, but didn't think anything sexual was going on.
Mrs McKenna not only boarded at St Andrews Hostel as a high-school student, she lived and worked there for almost nine years - along with four other members of the McKenna family at different times.
Yet she described it as a "complete shock'' to the family when Dennis was first charged with child sex offences in 1991.
Earlier, Robyn McKenna, 55, the wife of brother Wayne, 63, described Dennis as a "Jekyll and Hyde'' character who could "blow up'' at any time.
The couple both worked as live-in supervisors at the hostel from 1977 to 1985.
"He was like Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - he was like two different people,'' she testified about Dennis.
"He could be nice as pie and then blow up.''
Robyn described her brother-in-law as "very strict and controlling'', saying he would often sexually humiliate students in front of others.
"But we couldn't do anything ... we couldn't challenge him,'' she said, adding she feared for the job Dennis had arranged for her.
Robyn, who also broke down and cried while apologising to Dennis's victims, said no student had complained to her about his behaviour, but admitted he was "intimidating'' and that they would have been scared of him, like she was.
Husband Wayne said he never saw anything of a sexual nature take place, despite seeing male students sitting on his brother's lap.
"I saw nothing that made me look like it would lead to anything sexual,'' he said. "But looking back, you could see situations.''
He described growing up with his five brothers - including pedophiles Dennis and Neil McKenna - as tough.
"It wasn't dog-eat-dog but we had to survive,'' he said.
McKenna, now 66, is serving six years jail after pleading guilty last year to 10 charges of molesting six boys, then aged 13 to 15.
A former Person of the Year and highly regarded in the tight-knit Katanning community, McKenna was first jailed in 1991 for similar offences, and still faces another 66 sexual abuse charges filed against him last month.
He is also the subject of a special inquiry into whether there was a high-level cover-up of his activities.
The inquiry before former Supreme Court judge Peter Blaxell is continuing in Perth.


www.perthnow.com.au (11-5-2012)
Cortlan Bennett
http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/hostel-pedophile-dennis-mckenna-a-jekyll-and-hyde/story-e6frg13u-1226352345210

WA pedophile slapped with extra charges

Jailed pedophile Dennis McKenna has been charged with a further 66 child sex offences dating back to when he was a warden at a school hostel in Western Australia's south.
Child Abuse Squad detectives today laid the extra charges against the 67-year-old after an extensive investigation, police said.
McKenna was jailed in October for six years after pleading guilty to sexually abusing six boys, aged 13 to 15, in his care at St Andrews hostel in Katanning.
He had been jailed in 1991 for similar offences.
Police said the new charges relate to alleged offending between 1975 and 1988 when McKenna was the warden of the hostel.
The charges include 26 counts of indecency between males, eight carnal knowledge counts, 24 counts of unlawful and indecent assault and eight counts of indecent dealing with a child under 14.
McKenna will appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on May 24. The new charges come as former Supreme Court judge Peter Blaxell is continuing an inquiry into whether people in authority covered up sexual abuse at the hostel for 15 years.


AAP (20-4-2012)
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/breaking-news/wa-pedophile-slapped-with-extra-charges/story-e6freonf-1226334601438



Katanning hostel child abuse inquiry widened

GUILTY: Former Katanning hostel warden Dennis McKenna has been jailed for sex abuse against students at St Andrews Hostel

A special inquiry into child sex abuse at a West Australian boarding hostel has broadened its investigation amid claims about two other state-run hostels.
The inquiry follows the jailing of Dennis McKenna, who sexually abused boys at St Andrew's Hostel, a state-run facility in WA's Great Southern region, where he was head warden from 1975 to 1990.
Retired Supreme Court judge Peter Blaxell is examining whether people in positions of authority covered up sexual abuse of children at the hostel.
Counsel assisting the inquiry, Philip Urquhart, said information had also been provided about St Christopher's Hostel in Northam - now known as Northam Residential College - and Craig House in Bunbury.peBoth facilities are run by the Country High Schools Hostel Authority (CHSHA).
Mr Urquhart said although the emphasis to date had been on St Andrew's Hostel in Katanning, the inquiry's terms of reference extended to investigate any allegations of sexual abuse at any time and by any person at other hostels that were part of the CHSHA.
"Without members of the public coming forward the inquiry's investigations may be incomplete," he said. Mr Urquhart said it was not too late for people to come forward with information, especially if it were known that a person in authority was made aware of the allegations at the time.
McKenna was jailed in October last year for six years after pleading guilty to sexually abusing six boys, aged 13 to 15, in his care. He had been jailed in 1991 for similar offences.
His brother, Neil McKenna, was convicted this month of having abused a girl at the hostel.
Anyone who comes forward with information about abuse at any state-run hostel can remain anonymous.


AAP (19-4-2012)
http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/katanning-hostel-child-abuse-inquiry-widened/story-e6frg13u-1226333233823



School board didn't believe complaint against pedophile Dennis John McKenna

THE former chairman of a school board has told an inquiry that the board ignored a child-abuse complaint against notorious pedophile Dennis John McKenna because it did not believe the accusations.
The former chairman of a school board has told an inquiry that the board ignored a child-abuse complaint against notorious pedophile Dennis McKenna because it did not believe the accusation.
The special inquiry follows the jailing of McKenna, who sexually abused boys at St Andrew's Hostel, a state-run facility in Western Australia's Great Southern region where he was head warden from 1975 to 1990.
The inquiry, headed by retired Supreme Court judge Peter Blaxell, is examining whether people in positions of authority covered up ongoing sexual abuse of children at the Katanning hostel in the 1970s and 1980s.
Former chairman of the board, Alan Parkes, who had three sons at the school, told the inquiry today that everyone at the school seemed happy with McKenna.
"I thought he did a lot of good for the students and the hostel," he said.
Mr Parkes said in hindsight he and the rest of the board members could have paid closer attention to the happenings at the school.
"I think we didn't probably take enough notice of how it was being run," he said.
"I could have spent more time at the hostel. I may have heard something."
Mr Parkes admitted the board did not even conduct a private inquiry, let alone report a parent's complaint of child sex abuse to the appropriate authorities, because they did not believe the allegations could be true.
"I don't think the board believed it ... I didn't believe it," he said.
Mr Parkes said he did not know the board had the final say on students being expelled from the school and thought McKenna was responsible for expelling students.
He said he became a character reference for McKenna at his first trial in 1991 because he had believed McKenna was good for the school, despite McKenna expelling his son for stealing, which the boy denied.
Mr Parkes said it was also "common knowledge" that McKenna would have boarders visit his flat for "meetings" but that he believed they discussed football and watched movies about sport.
McKenna, who was jailed in October last year, gave evidence to the inquiry last week that he never meant to hurt anyone and did not know how he was able to get away with his crimes for so long.
McKenna was jailed for six years after pleading guilty to sexually abusing six boys, aged 13 to 15, in his care. He had been jailed in 1991 for similar offences.
His brother, Neil McKenna, who has also been mentioned during the inquiry, was convicted last week of abusing a girl at the hostel.
The inquiry is expected to be completed by this month, with a report presented by May 31.


AAP (10-4-2012)
Angie Raphael
http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/school-board-didnt-believe-complaint-against-pedophile-dennis-john-mckenna/story-e6frg143-1226322974128



Katanning schoogirl 'expelled' after sexual abuse

A 13-year-old girl was sexually abused for two years by a male supervisor at a state-run hostel before being abruptly told she was no longer welcome there, a Perth court has heard.
Neil Vincent McKenna, 53, was a senior supervisor and acting warden at St Andrew's Hostel in the West Australian wheatbelt town of Katanning from 1986 to 1991, when he allegedly sexually abused three girls in his care, then aged 13 to 16.
McKenna is the brother of jailed serial pedophile Dennis McKenna, 66, who was a warden at the hostel from 1975 to 1990 and is the subject of an ongoing special inquiry into whether there was a cover-up of sexual abuse at the government-run facility.
Neil McKenna is being tried by a District Court judge without a jury after being charged with 10 counts, including aggravated sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault and defilement by a schoolmaster.
Today, the court heard from a witness who claimed McKenna often fondled her in the back row of a cinema where she worked as a volunteer usher, as well as on a school bus after other students had been dropped off.
Usually, she would sit next to McKenna after the movie started and place her hand on his crotch while he fondled her breasts and genitals, she testified.
On one occasion, the pair left during the movie and went to an adjacent music room where McKenna allegedly raped her with his fingers.
"He put his hand up my skirt, and he put his finger in my vagina," the now 36-year-old witness said via video link.
"I was 13 or 14 at the time."
The witness said McKenna would often ask her to go on bus drives with him and would molest her "whenever we were alone on the bus - at any time of the day".
On another occasion, McKenna drove the witness home to Bremer Bay, about 150km south of Katanning, after she'd had her appendix removed.
Her parents were not home when they arrived and McKenna proceeded to molest her again, she testified.
"We were kissing - tongue kissing - and Neil would feel my breasts and rub my vagina," she told the court.
After two years of attending Katanning Senior High School and boarding at St Andrews, which were in the same compound, the witness said Dennis McKenna sent a letter to her parents at the end of 1989 informing them she "was not welcome back".
She said she didn't know the reason.
Under cross-examination by defence lawyer Patti Chong, the witness said she couldn't remember who instigated the sexual activity and couldn't remember exact dates.
She said she had never received any redress from the WA government over the sex abuse she had suffered at the govertnment-run hostel and had not colluded with other witnesses.
Earlier, the court had heard from a witness, now 39, who said McKenna didn't wear a condom and she was not on the pill when he allegedly raped her repeatedly over the course of four years.
She said McKenna's wife, Wendy McKenna, who was also a supervisor at the hostel, was "like a mother to me".
She testified that she and McKenna had sex in his bedroom while his wife was in hospital after giving birth to their first child.
The trial before Judge Anthony Derrick continues.


AAP (21-3-2012)
Cortlan Bennett
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/breaking-news/katanning-schoogirl-expelled-after-sexual-abuse/story-e6freonf-1226306539931



Pedophile Dennis McKenna says there's more victims

A new confession by serial pedophile Dennis McKenna that he sexually abused more boys has sparked a fresh police investigation.
Doug McKenna says his jailed sex-offender son stunned him with the admission he had assaulted about 20 boys at the state-run St Andrews Hostel in Katanning in the 1970s and 80s.
This is nine more victims than the 11 that McKenna has already been jailed for.
"He said there were about 20, (but) no one outside the hostel," Mr McKenna said.
Mr McKenna, who has previously publicly apologised to his son's victims, said he did not know when he would go to the police with the information. He said he was suffering serious heart problems from the stress of dealing with his son's crimes.
"I'll wait and have a talk with Dennis and when he rings again and see what he reckons," Mr McKenna said.
"See, he's sorry about it and he wants to see them them get their compensation, too.
"And actually I'm on their (the victims') side.
"I'm pretty well down in the bloody dumps. I got a surprise (from the confession)."
The Sunday Times told Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan's office about the confession on Friday, which comes during the St Andrew's Hostel Inquiry, launched by the WA Government last year to investigate claims that officials ignored McKenna's crimes.
A WA Police spokeswoman said Mr McKenna's new information would be investigated.
"This is an ongoing investigation and as such, specific operational details cannot be given," the spokeswoman said.
Attorney-General Christian Port said that Doug McKenna's information constituted "serious allegations" which he expected would be "thoroughly considered by the police".
Lawyer for a group of victims, John Hammond, said he hoped authorities left no stone unturned to get to the bottom of McKenna's confession and that he was charged for every victim.
McKenna was jailed for six years and four months last October for sexually abusing six male boarders in the '70s and '80s.
He was jailed in 1991 for offences against five other boys at the hostel in the same period.
His convictions last year triggered the inquiry.
Police hotline 1800 227 792


The Sunday Times (10-3-2012)
Paul Lampathakis
http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/pedophile-dennis-mckenna-says-theres-more-victims/story-e6frg143-1226295778394



Hostel warden a horror, inquiry hears

A Western Australian school hostel warden who for years sexually abused children in his care once invited students to his flat to watch a video of violent bestiality, an inquiry has heard.
Retired Supreme Court judge Peter Blaxell is inquiring into whether people in authority failed to act to stop the abuse of children by St Andrews Hostel warden Dennis McKenna at Katanning, in WA's south, in the 1980s.
McKenna is serving a six-year jail term for sexually abusing boys at the hostel.
Today, former boarders at the hostel told the inquiry of McKenna's controlling influence and of his inappropriate behaviour with young boys.
Kylie Haddow, now aged 40, boarded at the hostel from 1984-86 and said McKenna would have younger boys sit on his knee and hold his hand high up on their legs.
She said she was branded a troublemaker by McKenna but was once invited to his flat as a 14-year-old to watch The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
"It disgusted me, I was way too naive to comprehend what I was watching. To this day I can't watch horror movies," Ms Haddow said.
She said she once wrote a note to a friend saying McKenna was "doing bad things to boys" then found herself in the principal's office being asked to explain the note.
She said she was threatened with expulsion and told the police might be called.
"I was 14 and I was terrified," Ms Haddow said.
She said she felt she had no option but to apologise.
"The government allowed Dennis McKenna to run a cult-like situation for 15 years," she said.
"We were children. We were not delinquents or troubled youths.
"We were belittled, vilified and treated as worthless human beings," Ms Haddow said.
"The adults in our world should have been listening."
Former boarder Rhonda Moore told the inquiry that she was once invited to McKenna's flat with a group of boys and he put on a video of "violent bestiality".
"It was very shocking ... women and horses and things like that.
"I had never seen anyone naked on TV before," Ms Moore said.
She said that when she and another girl went to a teacher to complain about McKenna and what he was doing with boys, the teacher swept the issue under the carpet.
Outside the inquiry, Albany MP Peter Watson, who called for the investigation after former abused students told him their concerns, said people had protected McKenna.
"I think some people in high places will be very, very shaky and there'll be a lot of lawyers earning a bit of money from people in high places at the moment," he said.
"People in Katanning knew, the council in Katanning knew, a lot of people knew but no one came forward."
The inquiry continues.


AAP (24-2-2012)
http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/breaking-news/hostel-warden-a-horror-inquiry-hears/story-e6frg12u-1226280976717



Judge declines to release dead MP's name

A retired judge inquiring into sex abuse at a West Australian school hostel has delayed releasing the name of a deceased politician allegedly linked to a decision to halt an investigation into the abuse.
Former Supreme Court Justice Peter Blaxell, who is hearing evidence in Perth, previously suppressed the name of the politician who was referred to by a witness as being connected with a decision to terminate the investigation.
Mr Blaxell is conducting an inquiry into whether people in authority failed to act to stop years of sexual abuse of children by St Andrews Hostel warden Dennis McKenna at Katanning in WA's south in the 1980s.
McKenna is serving a six-year jail term for sexually abusing boys at the hostel.
Ruling on an application by several media outlets to lift suppressions he had imposed, Mr Blaxell said he had concluded he had been in error when assuming he had the power to impose suppression orders.
He said that in his view the principle of open justice was paramount to the harm to reputations that may occur if names were released.
But he said that did not obviate the need for procedural fairness, noting that the politician had been the subject of third-hand hearsay evidence
``The inherent unreliability of this evidence is obvious.''
Mr Blaxell said the release of the politician's name would inevitably damage that person's reputation.
He ruled that he would delay the release of the name until his inquiry had uncovered more information from already fruitful lines of investigation.
Mr Blaxell said he understood why the public and particularly McKenna's victims would want to know the politician's name.
``They will learn of the politician's name in several weeks' time,'' he said.


AAP (24-2-2012)
http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/judge-declines-to-release-dead-mps-name/story-e6frg143-1226280941175



Former Katanning hostel student tells of transvestite revue excursion

Serial pedophile Dennis McKenna took photos of boys in the shower at a Katanning hostel where he was a warden and kept them in an album in his office, an inquiry has heard.
Mick Hilder has spoken about his abuse at the hands of McKenna, who was jailed in October last year for six years after admitting to sexually abusing six boys between the ages of 13 and 15 who were in his care.
McKenna was the head warden at St Andrew's hostel in Katanning from 1975 to 1990.
Retired Supreme Court Justice Peter Blaxell is conducting an inquiry into the extent of the abuse at the Government-run hostel and how it went undiscovered for 15 years.
During a hearing in Perth today, Mr Hilder, a former boarder, said McKenna often went to the boys' showers at the hostel and would make fun of their bodies.
He said McKenna would take photographs of the naked boys with a polaroid camera, then keep them in a photo album.
"We didn't have anyone to talk to or go to to make any complaint," he said.
The victim said he would go to McKenna's flat to "keep (the) peace with Dennis".
While in the flat, the victim said he and other boys would drink scotch and Coke with McKenna and watch pornographic movies.
He said he did not tell his parents about the abuse he was suffering at the hands of McKenna.
He said he was also afraid of McKenna and the power he wielded.
The abuse stopped when he started to ignore McKenna's advances.
"When he'd say come down to the flat or tap on the bed, I'd just pretend I didn't hear it," he said.
"I knew what he was doing was wrong by then."
The victim said contact between girls and boys at the hostel was frowned upon, and he was threatened with expulsion after McKenna saw him dancing with a girl at a disco.
"After the disco, Dennis called myself and the girl into his office and said if we were ever seen together again we would be expelled," he said.
He also told the inquiry McKenna would often take him and a couple of other students to Perth, and the warden once bought the boys alcohol and then let them take turns driving on the way back to Katanning.
Another former student at the Katanning hostel, Ian Parker, told how students were taken to a transvestite show for an excursion.
The former Katanning boarder was 16 when the hostel warden at the school took him to a transvestite show and encouraged a group of boys to cross-dress for a talent show.
Mr Parker, now aged 50, today gave evidence at an inquiry investigating allegations of sexual abuse against children at the state-run hostel in WA's Great Southern.
He told the inquiry that McKenna took him and a group of male and female students to a transvestite show in Perth called Les Girls with adult humour and themes.
``It's not something I would have chosen to go to, but it was considered to be a treat,'' he said.
Mr Parker said McKenna would often invite students to watch the film, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, in his flat and encouraged boys to wear dresses, fake breasts and make-up for a talent show.
He said McKenna gave boys nicknames, which he would use in public, related to their penises such as ``White Pointer'', ``Banana'' and ``Button''.
McKenna would also ``demonise'' some girls and told the boys that he could arrange for them to have sex with promiscuous girls, he said.
He said when one boy told a girl about the gossip surrounding her and after she confronted McKenna, the boy was expelled.
McKenna told the boys that what happened in the flat must stay private in the flat, Mr Parker said.
Brian Ross Humphries previously gave evidence that when he worked for the Child Welfare Department he was asked to go to Katanning to investigate allegations of ``physical ill-treatment'' of a child at the hostel but was later told to cease his investigation.
``The supervisor said that I was not to continue the inquiry at the hostel, and I was not to go there,'' he said.
``He had been instructed by head office Perth along these lines.''
Mr Humphries said the order came from a politician, whose name has been suppressed.
The politician left parliament in the early 1980s and has since died.
The court has also heard from another victim, now 52, who told the inquiry that McKenna would entice him with whisky, lollies and X-rated films.
He said when he told his father about sexual abuse, his father told him to stop lying.
Mr Blaxell will present recommendations on any disciplinary action that should be taken against public officials, as well as any changes that should be made to the policies or procedures of government agencies.
A group of media outlets have challenged Mr Blaxell's decision to place a suppression order on the name of a politician who allegedly cancelled an investigation into the hostel in the 1980s.
Lawyer Tony McCarthy, acting on behalf of a range of major Perth media outlets including The Sunday Times, today applied to have the order dropped.
Mr McCarthy argued it was in the public interest for the name to not be suppressed.
He queried whether Mr Blaxell had the power to make and enforce suppression orders in the inquiry.
Mr Blaxell said there was no evidence the politician gave the order and the evidence from the witness was based on hearsay.
He said it was being investigated.
Counsel assisting the inquiry Philip Urquhart said it was not "procedurally fair" for the suppression order to be lifted.
Mr Blaxell reserved his decision until later this week.
Any issues that relate to criminal behaviour during the inquiry will be referred to police.
McKenna was jailed for six years in October last year after pleading guilty to sexually abusing six boys, aged 13 to 15, in his care.
He was previously jailed for six years in 1991 for similar offences.
The inquiry is expected to be completed by April, with a report presented by May 31.


www.perthnow.com.au (22-2-2012)
Katie Robertson
http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/former-katanning-hostel-student-tells-of-transvestite-revue-excursion/story-e6frg13u-1226277228360



Inquiry begins into Dennis John McKenna abuse at Katanning hostel

Livia Bentley was a 21-year-old teacher trying to get a permanent post when she saw what she considered to be ``inappropriate'' behaviour between a man and some boys.
But when Mrs Bentley spoke out about what she had seen, she was told to be ``careful'' about what she told people because the man was highly regarded in the community.
Mrs Bentley gave evidence today at an inquiry investigating allegations of sexual abuse against children at a state-run hostel in Western Australia's south.
It follows the jailing of Dennis John McKenna, who sexually abused boys at St Andrew's Hostel in Katanning, where he was head warden from 1975 to 1990.
Mrs Bentley told the inquiry she saw boys sitting on McKenna's lap and noted ``he seemed to be most friendly'' with them.
``It just didn't sit right,'' she said.
Mrs Bentley said when she tried to talk to the junior primary school principal about odd behaviour she had seen, he told her: ``You need to be careful. You're new to town.''
Asked if she had a hunch that McKenna was grooming the boys, she replied: ``I certainly felt something along those lines was happening.''
Victim Kerryn Robert Stephens, now 52, told the inquiry that McKenna would entice him with whisky, lollies and X-rated films, and would tap him on the feet to let him know that he should come to his room.
``He used to wait until everyone was asleep,'' he said.
Mr Stephens said when he told his father about the abuse, his father, a board member at the school, said he would speak to McKenna, but later told his son to stop lying.
``If I was a liar in my father's eyes, where do I go next?'' he said. '' ... I just thought if my father wouldn't believe me, no-one else would.''
Earlier, during his opening address, counsel assisting the inquiry, Philip Urquhart, said McKenna was well respected in the community and had been named a local citizen of the year.
He said evidence would be heard that complaints were made and concerns expressed by some teachers and parents, but all warnings were ignored because of McKenna's high standing.
Mr Urquhart said McKenna would regularly threaten boys with expulsion and would expel students based on fabricated allegations such as stealing.
Retired Supreme Court Justice Peter Blaxell is heading the inquiry to determine the extent of the abuse and whether there was a cover-up in the 1970s and 80s that allowed it to continue.
Mr Blaxell will present recommendations on any disciplinary action that should be taken against public officials, as well as any changes that should be made to the policies or procedures of government agencies as a result of the findings.
Any issues that relate to criminal behaviour during the inquiry will be referred to police.
Up to 40 witnesses will be called during the inquiry, including principals, teachers, board members, government department staff and a policeman.
McKenna was jailed for six years in October last year after pleading guilty to sexually abusing six boys, aged 13 to 15, in his care.
He was previously jailed for six years in 1991 for similar offences and may face more charges as other victims come forward.
Mr Blaxell will hold hearings in Perth and Katanning.
The inquiry is expected to be completed by April, with a report presented by May 31.


www.perthnow.com.au (20-2-2012)
http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/inquiry-begins-into-abuse-at-wa-hostel/story-e6frg143-1226276008835



Inquiry into sex abuse at WA hostel

A former judge will examine whether authorities failed to act on warnings of sexual abuse of children at a state-run hostel in Western Australia's south.
The inquiry, announced by Premier Colin Barnett today, follows the recent jailing of Dennis John McKenna, one of Australia's worst serial pedophiles.
Questions have been raised about how McKenna was able to sexually abuse children at St Andrew's Hostel in Katanning, where he was head warden from 1975 to 1990, despite complaints to police.
Recently retired Supreme Court Justice Peter Blaxall will head the inquiry to determine how widespread the abuse was and whether there may have been a cover-up that allowed it to continue.
The inquiry will examine allegations that complaints against McKenna were dismissed by police and senior public servants in the 1970s and 80s.
McKenna was jailed for six years in October after pleading guilty to sexually abusing six boys, aged 13 to 15, in his care.
He was previously jailed for six years in 1991 for similar offences and may face more charges as other victims come forward.
Two former government employees have publicly stated that their superiors, police and a Katanning Shire councillor ignored claims by one of the victims in 1985 that he had been sexually abused by McKenna.
No action was taken and McKenna remained in charge of the hostel for another five years until his arrest.
Mr Barnett was in Katanning on Thursday to announce the inquiry and said he hoped it would provide some closure to the community.
"It was becoming clear this was not an isolated number of cases," he told ABC Radio.
"It was clearly sustained sexual abuse of boys and girls over perhaps a 15-year period and there may well be other offenders."
Mr Barnett said the inquiry may be very hurtful for many victims and some may want to leave it in the past.
"But I suspect that people will come forward, they will want to now want to deal with something they've carried as a burden that they've been hurting over for so many years," he said.
The Blaxall inquiry is due to report in May next year.


AAP (17-11-2011)
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/national/inquiry-into-sex-abuse-at-wa-hostel/story-e6frea7l-1226198027697



'Australia's worst serial sexual offender' jailed for six years

A 66-year-old former hostel warden convicted of sexually abusing six children in his care was heckled by families of his victims after he was committed to serve a minimum jail term of four years and four months by a Perth District Court judge.
Dennis McKenna was convicted of 10 counts of sexual abuse ranging from molestation to engaging in sodomy from 1977 to 1985.
In the sentencing District Court chief judge Peter Martino took into account numerous other allegations of similar sexual abuse against McKenna, as well as his previous conviction in 1991 for which he served six years and four months jail.
Chief Judge Martino said he believed McKenna was at low to moderate risk of re-offending, but he had abused his position of authority at the public boarding school, which was run for farming families.
"The victims of your offences were vulnerable children over whom you were in care of their trust ... You abused that trust by taking advantage of vulnerable children for your own sexual gratification," he said.
However he took into account that if McKenna had been convicted of all the charges in 1991 he needed to impose a sentence today that would not be "crushing". He was therefore sentenced to a total of six years and four months jail, and will be eligible for parole in four years and four months time.
As McKenna was led away, one mother Kaye Anderson cried out "My son got a death sentence", while others in the gallery yelled out "You mongrel, you dog".
Outside the court, lawyer for the victims John Hammond described McKenna as "Australia's worst serial rapist of children", and appealed for the hundreds of other victims to come forward.
"We also believe that what we have seen today is the tip of the iceberg," he said.
One of his victims Darryl Stephens, who waived his legal right to anonymity, said he was disappointed by the sentence.
"He got less for this one that he did the last one. How do you justify that?" he said.
"...Waste of time isn't it? We could be walking down the street in four years and see him again, how's that going to make us feel?... He should have got life."
He said he was certain there were victims who needed to come forward and help keep McKenna behind bars because "a leopard doesn't changes its spots".
His victims had experienced self-harm, alcoholism, drugs, seven had suicided and their families had been torn apart, according to Mr Stephens.
The victims are planning to seek an extra-gratia payment from the state government for their distress and anguish over the abuse.


www.watoday.com.au (18-10-2011)
Aja Styles
http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/australias-worst-serial-sexual-offender-jailed-for-six-years-20111018-1lvo4.html#ixzz1po5uVVt3

 
 
 
 

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