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Prison for paedophile in 'evil' sex ring

A former teacher will serve more than six years in prison for plotting to start a doll-making business in Thailand as a front for a sex ring involving fellow convicted paedophiles.
Mark Pendleton, 53, was charged with conspiring between 2006 and 2008 to have sex with a child under 16 outside Australia after authorities sprung what was described as an "evil" jailhouse plot.
He was convicted on Friday of two counts of conspiracy after a two-week trial in Perth's Supreme Court.
His alleged fellow conspirator, Kenneth Bishop, 74, was on Monday cleared of his alleged part in the plot, while a third man, Robert Gordon Cummins, had already admitted his role, and became a star witness in the trial.
During the trial, Cummins outlined how a plan had been conjured up in prison to set up a seemingly legitimate business making dolls wearing traditional Thai costume and employing poor, unsophisticated women from rural areas in the country's north.
Targeting women desperate for money, the men believed they would get free access to their children for sexual pleasure.
"They would be more tolerant, more needy and easily exploited," prosecutor Mark Trowell QC said.
"This was an evil plan that brings great shame to this country."
Cummins, 47, said he had befriended Pendleton at the sex offenders unit in Perth's maximum-security Casuarina Prison and they had started seriously plotting a life overseas when they moved to Karnet Prison Farm.
"Mark told me families in Thailand were available for a price. If they were willing to send their children into minefields to look for shrapnel, they would be willing to sell their children for sex," Cummins said.
As Cummins trawled dating websites to meet Thai women as part of the plan, Pendleton came up with names and logos for the Thai business - including "Little Angels" and "Little Butterflies".
The court was told that after his release from prison, Cummins became the "pipeline" to carry out the plan.
He made inquiries about properties, passports and visas, and contacted women whose children could become potential victims, the prosecution said.
Dozens of phone calls between Cummins and Pendleton, made while the latter was still in prison, were laden with jokes and sexual innuendo - even referring to former pop star turned paedophile Gary Glitter.
Bishop had always maintained he had little to do with the plan, and intended to make a home in Australia with his new partner once he was released from prison.
His lawyer, Rod Keely, said searches of Bishop's cell had found no evidence of his part in the plot, while a listening device placed in his cell failed to turn up any evidence despite hundreds of hours of surveillance.

The West Australian (20-5-2013)
http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/17254562/prison-for-paedophile-in-evil-sex-ring/


Pedophiles' evil plan caught on tape

Two convicted pedophiles were taped joking about their sexual interest in children in phone recordings played to a Supreme Court jury this morning.
Former teacher Mark Pendleton, 53, and Kenneth Bishop, 74, have pleaded not guilty to conspiring between 2006 and 2008 to have sex with a child under 16 outside Australia.
The two met while at Karnet Prison Farm along with third conspirator and fellow sex offender Robert Gordon Cummins.
It is alleged that while the three were in prison, they hatched a plan to set up a doll-making business in Thailand called “Little Angels”' as a front for a child abuse ring.
Prosecutors allege the business would involve the men setting up in rural northern Thailand, employing poor, unsophisticated women from villages to make the traditional dress dolls and gain access to their children.
Cummins has pleaded guilty to the same charges and is the first witness to give evidence in the Supreme Court trial.
This morning, the jury was played phone recordings between Cummins and Pendleton, after Cummins had been released from jail.
In the recordings, the men could be heard talking about the women they were courting in Thailand through the internet - Cummins acting as a proxy for Pendleton who was still in Karnet.
During one phone conversation, Cummins said the women he was most interested in were from villages and “more simple people”.
He told Pendleton how some women were sending him photographs of their “lovely families”.
“I’m getting this nice collection of photos together,” he said.
During questioning by prosecutor Mark Trowell, QC, Cummins said the reference to the “lovely families” was about children.
"It was implying (we both had) interest in children and being involved in women with children for sexual purposes,” Cummins told the court.
In later recordings, the men go on to joke about one woman wanting to set up an orphanage because she could not have children of her own.
The two men were heard joking about the idea of an orphanage and when asked why they were laughing, Cummins said: “From our point of view, we had discussed setting up an orphanage and having access to the children there for sexual purposes.”
Another woman Cummins was talking to - who he described at one stage as at “the top of my list” - had a toddler daughter with the nickname Film, and both men made several references to the name with sexual innuendo.
"You’re a very bad man Robert,” Pendleton said.
"So they say,” Cummins replied.
Cummins also told Pendleton how he had sent a woman money with a plan of endearing himself to the family.
"The idea behind it was to assist them and become valuable to them,” Cummins told the court.
"So they would allow me to do anything I wanted.
"Including sexual activity with the children.”
The trial continues.

PerthNow (7-2-2013)
Kaitlyn Offer
http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/pedophiles-evil-plan-caught-on-tape/story-e6frfkp9-1226636934771


Bail bid for jailed pedophile Kenneth William Bishop

A jailed pedophile applying for bail after more than 10 years in prison will have his application for release determined by a Supreme Court judge next week.
Kenneth William Bishop, 74, is accused of being part of an elaborate and sophisticated conspiracy to commit child sex offences in Thailand with two other convicted paedophiles, Mark Pendleton and Robert Gordon Cummins, he met in prison.
Bishop had been due for parole release from prison on his previous convictions in September 2010, but he had that release order cancelled after becoming a suspect in the conspiracy. He was charged for his part in the conspiracy in September 2011, and has been in prison awaiting trial on those charges since.
At the West Australian Supreme Court, Justice Lindy Jenkins was told by defence lawyer Rod Keeley that Bishop was a minor player in the conspiracy.
He said Bishop was engaged to be married to a woman he had met in prison and had been effectively waiting two years for his trial and was a low flight risk because of his age.
But prosecutor Carmel Barbagallo opposed the bail application, saying the case against Bishop as part of the conspiracy was strong.
She said Bishop could be a flight risk and could also potentially interfere with witnesses.
Justice Jenkins will hand down her decision as to whether Bishop gets bail next Thursday.

www.theaustralian.com.au (14-12-2012)
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/bail-bid-for-jailed-pedophile-kenneth-william-bishop/story-e6frg6n6-1226537172123




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