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Name: Geoffrey Robert Dobbs

Age:56 yrs old (2011)

State:QLD- Brisbane

Sentence: Sentenced to 2 life jail terms.

Offence/Other: Pleaded guilty to 116 child sex offences in July 2003, in the Brisbane District Court. (Labelled Australia's worst Paedophile)- So far his victims have included 62 girls (aged 1-15yrs old). Ex- Gymnastics coach/ Considered Pillar of two Church groups. His wife was heard to say she "Hoped he rotted in hell". Molested his daughters friends and his wife's friend's daughter's. The court heard Dobb's Father burned two 44 gallon drums full of evidence, including photos/ videos and girls underwear. Psychiarist Dr William Kingswell said, "It's not a question of will Dobbs re-offend but when", when released. There are other victims yet identified on over 500 hrs of video tapes. The 116 offences occurred between 1972-1999.

News (27-11-2010) - Notorious pedophile Geoffrey Robert Dobbs' indefinite jail term reviewed- Read more below.

 
Australia's worst pedophile Geoffrey Robert Dobbs 'responds to treatment'

The man dubbed Australia's worst pedophile is showing "positive and promising" signs that will make him fit for release, a court has been told.
The Brisbane District Court was told Geoffrey Robert Dobbs - who was sentenced to two indefinite jail terms a decade ago - was responding "impressively" to psychological treatment in jail and was now only a moderate risk of re-offending.
Dobbs, 58, was in court on Friday for the third periodic review of his sentence for molesting numerous young girls over a more than three decade period.
Dobbs was given the never-to-be-released prison terms on July 24, 2003, for abusing 62 girls aged between one and 15.
A former Brisbane Boys' Brigade leader and Sunday school teacher, Dobbs pleaded guilty in 2002 to 115 sex offences.
The offences were committed from 1972, when Dobbs was 18, to 1999 when he was 45.
His almost 30-year campaign of sexual abuse ended when he was arrested after taking a video camera with a jammed cassette to a repair shop where a technician noticed it contained footage of Dobbs having sex with a girl.
Police investigators have long maintained many other girls were abused by Dobbs, but had never come forward.
Prosecutors on Friday told the court Dobbs remained a danger to the community and that the indefinite term should remain in place.
Barrister Rob East, for Dobbs, said his client had been responding well to treatment, but should remain in jail for now so that treatment could continue.
Psychiatrist Professor Joan Lawrence testified she was impressed by Dobbs' response to treatment and that he was currently only a moderate risk of re-offending if released from jail.
"(Dobbs's) sexual drive and the deviance (of pedophilia) ... is likely to be life-long," she said.
"But, with increasing age there will atrophy (or a decline) ... of (his) libido and (sex) drive.
"He will need some supervision if he were to be released."
Judge Kerry O'Brien, who originally sentenced Dobbs, ordered the indefinite sentence be maintained until further review.
Dobbs sat quietly in the dock of Court 25 during the hearing and later chatted happily with his parents, who sat behind him in the public gallery, during a 20-minute adjournment.
The mothers of two of Dobbs' victims were also in court and were thrilled when told the indefinite sentence would continue.

The Courier-mail (19-4-2013)
Tony Keim

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/australias-worst-pedophile-geoffrey-robert-dodds-responds-to-treatment/story-e6freoof-1226624466698
 
 

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Pedophile Geoffrey Robert Dobbs to stay behind bars after sentence review

The man dubbed Australia's worst pedophile was too high a risk of reoffending if released and should remain bars indefinitely, a court was told.
Geoffrey Robert Dobbs, 57, was in the Brisbane District Court for the second required periodic review of this sentence for molesting numerous children over more than three decades eight years ago.
Dobbs was given the never-to-be-released prison term on July 24, 2003, for abusing 62 girls aged between one and 15 over a period of 30 years.
Dobbs, a former Brisbane Boys' Brigade leader and Sunday school teacher, pleaded guilty in 2002 to 115 sex offences. The offences were committed from 1972, when Dobbs was 18, to 1999 when he was 45.
The charges included maintaining a sexual relationship with a child aged under 16 years and recording a visual image of a child.
Dobbs's almost 30-year campaign of sexual abuse ended when he was arrested after taking a video camera with a jammed cassette to a repair shop where a technician noticed it contained footage of Dobbs having sex with a girl.
Prosecutor Todd Fuller today argued Dobbs' indefinite sentence remain on the grounds he still posed a high risk of sexually abusing children if released.
The court was told a psychiatric assessment of Dobbs found the convicted pedophile could not even be trusted to be in the possession of photographs of children or have unauthorised access to the internet without the real risk of using them for self-gratification purposes.
Judge Kerry O'Brien, who originally sentenced Dobbs, agreed with the prosecution and ordered the indefinite sentence be maintained until further review, within the two-year statutory period required by law, on December 5 next year.
Dobbs sat sedately in the dock of Brisbane District Court No.18 as Judge O'Brien informed him his chances of ever being released continued to be somewhat dim.
The Courier-Mail in November revealed lawyers for Dobbs requested a delay in today's proceedings to allow the pedophile complete a sexual offenders course.
Detectives from Queensland's child sex investigation squad Taskforce Argos, at the time of his sentencing, said they believed Dobbs may have abused more than 300 girls.
At the last review of Dobbs' sentence, in December 2008, Judge O'Brien ordered the sentence be continued after the Crown successfully argued that Dobbs would reoffend if released.
Prosecutor Sal Vasta told the hearing: "The primary reason this man was given an indefinite sentence is that he is a serious danger to the community of Queensland."

The Courier Mail (12-8-2011)
Tony Keim
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/pedophile-geoffrey-robert-dobbs-to-stay-behind-bars-after-sentence-review/story-e6freoof-1226113707833

Notorious pedophile Geoffrey Robert Dobbs' indefinite jail term reviewed

THE man dubbed Australia's worst pedophile fronted a Brisbane court yesterday to begin a review of his indefinite jail sentence and consider his future possible release.
Geoffrey Robert Dobbs, wearing a royal blue polo shirt, brown slacks and with tightly cropped hair, feverishly took notes in the dock of Brisbane District Court No.18 as lawyers began the annual review of the indefinite sentence imposed on him more than seven years ago.
Dobbs, 55, was given the never-to-be-released prison term, with a minimum of life behind bars, on July 24, 2003, for abusing 62 girls aged between one and 15 over a period of 30 years.
Barrister Rob East, for Dobbs, said his client was expected to complete a sexual offenders course early next month and that an "exit report", which reviews his performance during the program, would take up to four weeks to complete.
Mr East said the report should then be passed to the psychiatrist preparing the report for the court's review of Dobbs' sentence.
Prosecutor Todd Fuller said it was appropriate the review of Dobbs' sentence – as part of a legal statutory requirement – be adjourned until the psychiatric report had been prepared.
Judge Kerry O'Brien, who originally sentenced Dobbs, said the fact the matter was mentioned yesterday meant the review had commenced and complied with the requirements it commence before the December 5 deadline.
He adjourned the review to a date to be fixed, but listed the case for further mention on February 18.
Detectives from Queensland's child sex investigation squad Taskforce Argos, at the time of his sentencing, said they believed Dobbs may have abused more than 300 girls.
At the last review of Dobbs' sentence, in December 2008, Judge O'Brien ordered the sentence be continued after the Crown successfully argued that Dobbs would reoffend if released.
Prosecutor Sal Vasta told the hearing: "The primary reason this man was given an indefinite sentence is that he is a serious danger to the community of Queensland."
In November 2002 Dobbs, a former Brisbane Boys Brigade leader and Sunday school teacher, pleaded guilty to 116 child sex offences, including unlawful carnal knowledge, recording indecent visual images and maintaining a sexual relationship with a child.
The offences were committed from 1972, when Dobbs was 18, to 1999, when he was 45.
Dobbs' three decades of relentless child abuse ended after he took a video camera with a jammed cassette to a repair shop and a technician noticed it contained footage of Dobbs having sex with a girl.


The Courier-Mail (27-11-2010)
Tony Keim
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/notorious-pedophile-geoffrey-robert-dobbs-indefinite-jail-term-reviewed/story-e6freoof-1225961644468


'Worst pedophile' Geoffrey Dobbs, who molested 62 girls, to have indefinite jail sentence reviewed

A MAN dubbed Australia's worst pedophile will have his indefinite prison term reviewed after he completes a sex offender course before the end of the year, a court has been told.
The Brisbane District Court was today told the sentence imposed on Geoffrey Robert Dobbs more than seven years ago had to be reviewed -- as part of a statutory requirement -- before December 5.
Dobbs, 55, was given the never-to-be-released prison term, with a minimum of life behind bars, on July 24, 2003, for abusing 62 girls, aged between one and 15-years, during his 30-years of depraved sex crimes.
Detectives from Queensland's child sex investigation squad Taskforce Argos -- at the time of his sentencing -- said they believed Dobbs may have abused more than 300 girls -- leaving up to 240 alleged victims unaccounted for.
Prosecutor Todd Fuller today told the court Dobbs was expected to complete a sex offender’s course sometime next month.
Mr Fuller said a hearing to review Dobbs' indefinite sentence, which must be conducted every two years, needed to be held within the next four months.
The court was told an independent psychiatric report needed to be prepared before any proposed hearing.
Judge Kerry O'Brien, who originally sentenced Dobbs, listed the hearing for November 26.
During the last review of Dobbs' sentence, in December 2008, Judge O'Brien ordered the sentence continue after the Crown successfully argued he would reoffend if released.
Prosecutor Sal Vasta, during that hearing, said: ``The primary reason this man was given an indefinite sentence is that he is a serious danger to the community of Queensland.''
"This man is in a category of offender that has not been contemplated … (and) is still a danger to the community. A leopard doesn't change its spots.''
In November, 2002, Dobbs, a former Brisbane Boys’ Brigade leader and Sunday school teacher, pleaded guilty to 116 child sex offences, including unlawful carnal knowledge, recording indecent visual images and maintaining a sexual relationship with a child, between 1972 and 1999.
The offences were committed from 1972, when Dobbs was 18, to 1999 when he was 45.
Dobbs' three decades of relentless child abuse ended after he took a video camera with a jammed cassette to a repair shop and a technician noticed it contained footage of Dobbs having sex with a girl.
Dobbs' wired his home to secretly video his victims and abused his position as a church and youth group leader to prey on children.
The court was told his targets included girls at church and from his time as a gymnastics coach.
Dobb's 62 victims were identified on more than 500 hours of videotapes found by police.
The court was told Dobbs' elderly father burned two ``44-gallon drums'' of incriminating evidence, including videos, girls' underwear and photos.
He did so after receiving a call from his son while in jail.
Eminent psychiatrist Dr William Kingswell in 2003 testified Dobbs was a ``heterosexual pedophile'' whose sexual preferences, or ``paraphelias'', would not change for the rest of his life.
"It is not a question of if (Dobbs) will reoffend, but when,'' Dr Kingswell said.


The Courier-Mail (12-8-2010)
Tony Keim
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/worst-pedophile-geoffrey-dobbs-who-molested-62-girls-to-have-indefinite-jail-sentence-reviewed/story-e6freoof-1225904381089


Country's 'Worst Paedophile' Would Reoffend, Court Told

A psychiatrist has told the District Court in Brisbane that a man dubbed the country's worst paedophile would reoffend if released.
In 2003 District Court Judge Kerry O'Brien handed down an indefinite sentence to 54-year-old Geoffrey Robert Dobbs after he was convicted of sex offences against more than 60 girls over 30 years.
The former Boys Brigade leader and Sunday school teacher's sentence was reviewed today by Justice O'Brien, as required by law.
Psychiatrist Dr Joan Lawrence told the court there was a high risk of Dobbs reoffending if he was released and that his incarceration protects the community.
Dr Lawrence also told the court that while Dobbs might not strictly fit the definition of a sexual sadist he remains a sexual predator and continues to pose a danger to young girls.
The court also heard that Dobbs has not had any treatment for his offending while in jail.
Judge O'Brien ordered Dobbs's indefinite sentence continue and recommended he be provided with sexual offenders treatment before his next review in 2010.


AAP (5-12-2008)


Pedophile Geoffrey Dobbs Seeks end to Indefinite Jail

A MAN who has been described as Australia's worst pedophile, Geoffrey Robert Dobbs, wants to have his indefinite jail sentence set aside.
And he wants to be given access to sexual offenders' courses.
Dobbs' lawyers made the bid in the Brisbane District Court at the beginning of a two-yearly review of the indefinite sentence imposed on him for offences against 62 complainants five years ago.
He was not sentenced under Queensland's Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003 but under the previous indefinite sentence regime, which was introduced in 1997.
It means Dobbs can be held indefinitely in jail until he is no longer considered a danger to the community.
If psychiatrists deem he is no longer a risk, his sentence reverts to a nominal sentence imposed by the judge, in Dobbs' case life in jail.
Dobbs would then be able to apply for parole after 15 years - with time served on remand taken into account, that would be in September 2015.
He has argued he should be eligible for sexual offenders' courses but authorities believe he should be doing them closer to his release date, if that ever eventuates.
Dobbs has been examined by psychiatrists for the indefinite sentence review but the Crown will dispute at least one of the reports.
In the District Court yesterday, prosecutor Sal Vasta said he would be filing a notice of dispute which would involve cross-examining the psychiatrist who compiled the report.
Judge Kerry O'Brien adjourned the hearing to December 5 to allow both sides to prepare.
In November 2002, Dobbs, then aged 48, pleaded guilty to 116 charges involving 62 complainants aged one to 15 years.
The offences were committed from 1972, when Dobbs was 18, to 1999 when he was 45. The charges included maintaining a sexual relationship with a child aged under 16 years and recording a visual image of a child.
Dobbs used many guises to mask his lust - family man, churchgoer, Sunday-school teacher, gymnastics instructor, youth worker and charity bus driver.
He was finally caught after he moved from Queensland to Melbourne in 1998.
In September 1999 he took a video camera with a jammed cassette to a repair shop where a technician noticed it contained footage of Dobbs having sex with a girl.
Dobbs was arrested and made a phone call to Brisbane while in custody in Victoria. He told the girl he was sorry for what he had done, but her mother listened in on a phone extension and told police.


The Courier Mail (16-8-2008)
Mark Oberhardt

Paedophile To Pay Compo

A MAN dubbed Australia's worst pedophile has been ordered to pay more than $230,000 in criminal compensation to six of his victims.
It could be just the tip of the iceberg as it is understood many other victims of Geoffrey Robert Dobbs are also considering claiming damages.
Dobbs did not oppose the application by six women but he did make an appearance in the District Court during the hearing in Brisbane.
A tearful Dobbs expressed his regret for his actions and hoped the women would be properly compensated.
Barrister Tony Kimmins, for the women, argued each should receive as close as possible to the maximum awards which were available at the time the offences were committed against them.
Judge Michael Noud awarded a total of $231,666 to the women but was restricted in making the awards because many of the offences were committed in a period under the old compensation laws.
He awarded one woman the maximum $75,000 under the current regime – Dobbs was convicted of maintaining a sexual relationship with the then girl for four years. Judge Noud awarded three of the women $20,000 each under the old maximum for criminal compensation.
Another woman was awarded $56,666 which was a third of the maximum under the previous regime and two thirds of the current maximum. The sixth woman will receive $40,000, which were two maximum awards for separate offences under the previous scheme.
Judge Noud said he had no hesitation in making the awards to the women who had suffered at the hands of Dobbs during various lengthy periods.
In the District Court last year, Dobbs was given an indefinite jail term for molesting 62 children during a 30-year period.
Dobbs, 48, pleaded guilty to 116 child sex offences, including unlawful carnal knowledge, recording indecent visual images and maintaining a sexual relationship for up to four years between 1972 and 1999.
He wired his home to secretly video his victims and abused his position as a church and youth group leader to prey on children aged between one and 15 years.
The former Telstra employee's campaign of sexual depravity was uncovered only when he left a video camera jammed by a tape, for repair with a shop in Melbourne in September 1999.
The 62 victims over whom he was convicted were identified from an estimated 150 girls on more than 500 hours of video found by police.
Dobbs appealed against his indefinite sentence but in December last year it was refused when the Court of Appeal found it was the worst case in a category for sex crimes against children.
It was deemed Dobbs would remain a danger to the community if he was ever released.


AAP (15-12-2004)
Mark Oberhardt

Appeal bid Refused

A man dubbed Australia's worst pedophile has lost his bid to appeal an indefinite sentence for molesting 63 girls over a 30-year period.
In a unanimous judgement, Queensland's Court of Appeal in Brisbane yesterday refused an application by Geoffrey Dobbs to appeal his two life sentences handed out last month.
The 48-year-old pleaded guilty in Brisbane Supreme Court in July to 116 child sex offences, including unlawful carnal knowledge and recording indecent visual images.


Adelaide Advertiser (13-12-2003)







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