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Former teacher George Iliakis jailed for at least two years over child porn offences

A former Brighton Grammar teacher will spend at least two years behind bars for handcuffing and gagging children to fuel his twisted fantasies.
George Lliakis, 35, had a decade-long obsession with young boys and kept more than 16,000 child porn images at his marital home.
The Grade 6 teacher swapped sick requests with other online child porn users and sent them videos and photos he had taken himself.
He did not molest any students at the schools where he taught.
County Court Judge Sue Pullen said the 36-year-old may not have abused his own students, but his use of child porn fed the exploitation of children across the globe.
The court heard Iliakis had worked in IT but became a teacher soon after discovering his perversion for semi-naked boys at a summer camp in 1999.
Australian Federal Police arrested him in May last year after learning he had been swapping images of child abuse and pornography with other pedophiles online.
The court heard he recruited boys from the Beaumaris Theatre Group and the Aspendale Lifesaving Club to be in a "movie" about troubled teens.
He tricked them into thinking they were being tied up and abused for the film when they were really players in his own fantasies.
Judge Pullen said some of the videos and images found showed children being tied, gagged, handcuffed to wooden benches, and whipped.
Some were clearly in distress and crying and children as young as 12 months old were depicted being sexually abused.
She said while his prospects for rehabilitation were good, general deterrence was most important.
She jailed Iliakis, of Edithvale, for four years with a minimum of two years.
He had pleaded guilty to five offences including possessing and transmitting child pornography

Herald Sun (18-2-2010)
Elissa Hunt


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Worldwide operation targeting pedophiles makes 31 Australian arrests

The downfall of one of the world's largest and most insidious child exploitation rings led to the arrest of a Queensland teacher, one of 31 Australians who Australian Federal Police believe were leading disturbing double lives.

Four boys aged under 14 were rescued in NSW and Victoria after police tracked them down by tracing online images and photographs on a Dutch child porn site known as "boylover" and another 226 children from across the globe have been freed.
Some, even infants, were groomed for sex while others were forced to wear nappies and endure degrading sex acts.
The teacher, 55, was arrested by police in August last year and is the only Queenslander to face charges after the three-year global investigation.
Police have netted 26 other Australians, including 15 suspects from Victoria, eight from NSW and one each from Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania.
Four other men are under investigation and face charges.
The men are aged between 19 and 84 and were either unemployed or working as shop assistants, teachers, or in computer technology fields. They included a surf lifesaver, a driver for hire and a scout leader.
Authorities working as part of Operation Rescue made 184 arrests worldwide and identified a further 670 suspects who they believe are involved in child sex crimes.
The Queenslander, a father of three, was charged with two counts of possessing child pornography and one count of using a carriage service to access child pornography and is due to appear in court on Monday.
Crown prosecutor Aaron Guilfoyle told a court last year that the teacher "liked little guys up to about six or seven" and boasted to others on the boylover.net site that South Bank Parklands was a "(web) post heaven".
The man was not one of four Australians who are being identified as major players in the Netherlands-based ring.
The 84-year-old lives in Thailand and has been charged by Australian authorities with "contact sex" offences.
AFP High Tech Crime Operations Investigations manager Commander Grant Edwards said the investigation began in 2007 with a number of international agencies from the US, New Zealand, Europol, the Netherlands and Canada.
"At the end of the day, our goal is simple: child safety," he said. "Fear is the foundation of safety and internet safety begins at home. We all need to be aware of the risks online and how to handle these risks."
The "boylover" website worked by operating as a discussion-only forum where people could share their sexual interest in young boys without committing any specific offences.
After making contact with the site, members would visit private chat rooms or exchange and share by email illegal images and films of children being abused.
The AFP and Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre tracked the migration of members to the site, allowing them to investigate members without them realising.
The website operated from a server based in the Netherlands and had up to 70,000 members.
Prosecutions in Australia included George Lliakis, arrested while teaching students at Melbourne's Brighton Grammar School and jailed last year, and Perth man Ralph Ian Assheton, 49, who was jailed for two-and-a-half years last year.
Iliakis described himself as "Mr Teacherman" on boylover.net and was found to have produced thousands of graphic pornographic child-abuse images and even procured two children for sex.
Phillip Allan Reid, of Victoria, was jailed in 2008.

The Courier-Mail (18-3-2011)
Brooke Baskin
http://www.theage.com.au/national/private-school-rocked-by-second-child-porn-arrest-20090528-bozw.html#ixzz1MUU9FvZs


Private school rocked by second child porn arrest

One of Victoria's leading private schools has again been rocked by a child pornography scandal, with a second teacher arrested. He has been accused of photographing bound and gagged young boys.
Federal police allege they found hundreds of photographs taken by year-6 Brighton Grammar teacher George Iliakis of boys aged between about eight and 12, some tied with rope, handcuffed or gagged.
The Melbourne Magistrates Court heard that Iliakis, 34, admitted he had a fetish for boys being tied up as part of a game and that he had photographed between six and seven at his former home.
Federal agent Anthony Jayatilake said Iliakis admitted he had tied up boys and photographed them for sexual gratification until 2006.
Iliakis, who has been suspended, joined Brighton Grammar in January after teaching at Narre Warren South and Woorana Park primary schools.
Former Brighton Grammar teacher John Newton Hewitt was last year sentenced to 18 months in jail, but released on an order to be of good behaviour after he pleaded guilty to child pornography charges.
In a letter last week to parents, Brighton Grammar headmaster Michael Urwin said Iliakis had been suspended. He said there was no suggestion Iliakis had behaved inappropriately while on the school's staff.
"We believe that our policies and practices, including our recruiting, are as strong as they can be,'' Mr Urwin told parents.
A contested bail application ended yesterday with Iliakis being released on strict conditions to try to reduce the risk police said he posed.
Agent Jayatilake said 16,000 images of child pornography found on Iliakis' home computer included boys with knives held to their throats, with a foot on their throats, and bondage images.
He said that "some of these individuals'' - the boys he photographed - had sent Iliakis child pornography and child abuse material and that another boy, aged 15, had sent him images of sex acts Iliakis had asked him to perform.
He alleged a parent had complained at one primary school about an indecent photo Iliakis had taken, and there were single complaints at a theatre group and a lifesaving club about him asking a boy to sit on his lap and have sleepovers.
Agent Jayatilake agreed with defence lawyer Colin Mandy that Iliakis denied sexually touching children or being naked with them and that his bondage interest was a "kind of fetish I once had''.
In granting bail, magistrate Maurice Gurvich imposed a $50,000 surety and 11 conditions that included a curfew, daily reporting to police and bans on using computers or the internet. Iliakis, of Edithvale, is charged with accessing and possessing child pornography.

www.theage.com.au (29-5-2009)
Steve Butcher
http://www.theage.com.au/national/private-school-rocked-by-second-child-porn-arrest-20090528-bozw.html#ixzz1MUU9FvZs







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