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Lawrence John Edward O'shea (Laurie or Laurence)
Age: 72 yrs old (2011)
State: SA (Adelaide)
Convicted Paedophile..To be updated.
Offence/Other: NOTORIOUS REPEAT OFFENDER.O'shea's record for molesting
children dates back to 1960.In 1978 he received an indefinite detention
order after molesting children at "Camp Sunshine", which he had setup himself. In 1983
he was running a camp for children, with disabilities, going under the name of "Michael Harrison."
AdelaideNow (6-6-2011) - One of the state's most notorious pedophiles has suffered the hatred
of his victims both inside and out of the courtroom.
Lawrence John O'Shea, 72, of Adelaide,, appeared in the Supreme Court today to be told of the pain
his attacks on children at a Norton Summit holiday camp had caused - Read more below.
Child sex offender appeal denied
Serial paedophile Laurie Edward John O'Shea's bid to appeal his two-year-sentence for 13 sexual charges has been denied.
In the Court of Criminal Appeal yesterday, Justice Ann Vanstone denied O'Shea permission to appeal his sentence
or present fresh evidence.
George Mancini, for O'Shea, argued the "harshness" of his client's harassment in prison should have led to a suspended sentence.
He said O'Shea, who has spent much of the past two decades in prison for his serial offending, had been assaulted and harassed
while behind bars.
O'Shea's offending, which included counts of indecent assault and buggery, occurred at Camp Sunshine between 1975 and 1977. The camp
was established by O'Shea and his wife.
"In my view he was fortunate in the sentence he was given," Justice Vanstone said.
The Adelaide Advertiser (26-3-2012)
Laurie O'Shea to spend longer in prison
THE victims of serial paedophile Laurie John O'Shea say his two-year sentence for sex offences committed at a
camp for underprivileged children in the 1970s is "bittersweet''.
In the Supreme Court yesterday, O'Shea was sentenced to two years' jail for 13 offences against seven victims
aged between seven and 12. He is already in prison for similar offences.
Outside court, one of his victims said the penalty was too light.
"I'm very disappointed he only received two years and it's cost me 35 years of my life," David Allen said.
O'Shea had pleaded guilty to several charges of indecent assault, gross indecency and buggery at Camp Sunshine
between 1975 and 1977. The camp was established by O'Shea and his wife via their Children's Foundation of SA charity.
Adelaide Advertiser (21-12-2011)
Pervert gets it in the neck
For more than 30 years, they have silently suffered the pain of Laurie John O'Shea's sexual assaults.
Yesterday, the infamous paedophile's victims hit back - literally.
As O'Shea left the Supreme Court, a woman took aim with her handbag and struck the serial pervert square
in the back of his bowed head.
Minutes earlier, he had listened as his victims and their families described how they had been robbed
of their innocence, childhood, trust and joy, courtesy of O'Shea's attacks in the mid-1970s.
"I've nothing but feelings of hate and anger towards you; what you did is the worst kind of evil," one said.
O'Shea has pleaded guilty to child sex charges including indecent assault and buggery.
One victim's mother said she never wanted to hear O'Shea say "sorry", as it would be a mockery of human decency.
Nick Niarchos, for O'Shea, said his client had come to terms with his crimes and was very remorseful.
"He says now he has expressed acceptance that he is a paedophile and that he has perpetrated great
harm on children, the victims of his crimes," he said.
"The victims of the offences would not want to hear expressions of regret or sorrow and
that's quite understandable."
O'Shea has already spent more than 14 years in jail, for offences against children and
breaching parole conditions.
However, seven more victims have come forward bringing grounds to the new charges.
Mr Niarchos said O'Shea had been the victim of vicious sexual abuse himself as a child
and his suffering had continued through harassment and abuse in jail.
Mr Niarchos said his client should receive a suspended sentence, considering the "harsh
and sometimes inhumane conditions" imposed on him by others during previous prison terms.
Justice Ann Vanstone remanded O'Shea on continuing bail, for further submissions.
Pedophile Lawrie John O'Shea attacked outside court
ONE OF the state's most notorious pedophiles has suffered the hatred of his victims both inside and out of the courtroom.
Lawrence John O'Shea, 72, of Adelaide,, appeared in the Supreme Court today to be told of the pain his attacks on children at a Norton Summit holiday camp had caused.
But it was outside of court that supporters of the victims truly confronted O'Shea, yelling at and hitting him as he walked away with his head bowed.
O'Shea has pleaded guilty to various child sex charges, including several of indecent assault and buggery.
In victim impact statements read to the court today, one person said O'Shea's crimes at Camp Sunshine were the "worst kind of evil", while others spoke of their lost innocence and lack of trust.
"I felt so terrified. I was a young child, alone on a camp with people I didn't know and I didn't really understand what you had done to me but I felt shame and guilt," one said.
"If only you could have one day out of my life to experience the pain you've caused me."
One victim's mother said she never wanted to hear O'Shea say "sorry" as it would be a mockery of human decency.
Nick Niarchos, for O'Shea, said his client had come to terms with his crimes and was very remorseful for the hurt he caused.
"He says now he has expressed acceptance that he is a pedophile and that he has perpetrated great harm on children, the victims of his crimes," he said.
"The victims of the offences would not want to hear expressions of regret or sorrow and that's quite understandable."
O'Shea has already spent more than 14 years in jail for offences against children and breaching parole conditions.
However seven more victims have come forward bringing grounds to the new charges.
Mr Niarchos said O'Shea had been the victim of vicious sexual abuse himself as a child and his suffering had continued through harassment and abuse in jail.
He said his client should receive a suspended sentence considering the "harsh and sometimes inhumane conditions" imposed on him during previous prison terms.
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Pedophile runs from cameras
AN elderly man ran from the District Court today, minutes after denying any involvement in the sexual assault of two teenagers in the 1970s.
Lawrence John O'Shea, 69, of Adelaide, pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of indecent assault of a male, buggery, indecent interference and gross indecency.
Court documents allege the offences span the 1970s, occurring between:
AUGUST 1970 and November 1972.
MAY 1974 and October 1977.
FEBRUARY 1975 and October 1977.
MAY 1975 and October 1977.
JANUARY 1977 and February 1977.
O'Shea's lawyers presented the court with a copy of the allegations signed by their client.
He spoke only once, saying "ah, not guilty" when asked how he would plead.
He was remanded on continuing bail to appear again in December.
Outside court, O'Shea walked a short distance with a supporter before turning and running from the media.
Clutching a blue fishing cap to his head, he ran down Gouger St and ducked into the Central Market.
O'Shea then met up with his supporter and said it was "easy" to "give the cameras the slip".
The conversation, however, was recorded by the media, who had followed O'Shea.
The Advertiser 21-10-2007
COURT REPORTER SEAN FEWSTER
Parole Board Cleared Of Child Abuse Liability
The Supreme Court has found the South Australian Parole Board had
no duty of care to a young man who was sexually abused as a child
by one of the state's most notorious paedophiles.
The 24-year-old man sued the state because the parole board had
allowed serial paedophile Laurie O'Shea to gain access to children
by running a computer class in the early 1990s.
The young man claims he was sexually assaulted by Laurie O'Shea
as a nine-year-old.
He sued the state for not properly monitoring O'Shea, who managed
to skirt his parole conditions to begin holding computer classes for children.
But Supreme Court Justice Tim Anderson today ruled that while the
young man's life had been ruined, the parole board did not owe him
any duty of care.
Justice Anderson said if a duty of care was recognised, it would
leave the parole board with conflicting duties and would vastly
increase the potential for new liability cases.
He said if there had been a duty of care, he would have found the
parole board was negligent in its failure to properly supervise O'Shea.
How I Was Groomed For ABuse By A Pedophile
A young man who says he was abused by two paedophiles has given a
chilling insight into the mind games used by several predators
to groom their victims.
Known only as XX, the 24-year-old is suing the
State Government, claiming it failed in its duty of
care to protect him from Laurie O'Shea and Colin
He says O'Shea's release from jail on license triggered a series of events
that led to Humphreys kidnapping and abusing him- and ultimately leaving his
life in ruins.
"I feel pretty lousy...I hate the mistakes I made," he told the Supreme
Court yesterday. "I find myself really going back to the mental state I was
in.... when I was abused by O'Shea and Humphreys.
I just want to hide...I don't want to face what's out
there." XX said O'Shea befriended him through a children's
computing class at a suburban recreation centre.
"The abuse really started with him saying he
knew sex between an adult and a child was wrong,
but that he loved me and could not handle just being best friends," XX said.
"He thought I was grown up enough that it would be OK."
He said he and O'Shea engaged in sexual activity at the
recreation centre, in O'Shea's flat and XX's own home.
"I was to 'become a man'- that's something he
told me,' XX said. "At the time I remember
feeling superior to children my age
because I had a secret, I did grown-up things...
while most people were still playing kiss chasey."
O'Shea- whose history as a pedophile
dates back to the 1960's- was eventually acquitted
of abusing XX by the Court Of Criminal Appeal. Between April,
1990, and July, 1991, O'Shea introduced the boy to Humphreys.
XX said his relationship with the convicted child stealer
was "different". "It was a lot more full-on... he talked very
coarsely. The way he spoke and the way he acted was
a lot more abrupt," he told the court.
He talked about he would like to show me areas
of Australia and how it was sad he could not take me
away on holiday because my mum hated him. He was
talking about running away and living together forever."
In July, 1991, Humphreys kidnapped XX and took him to Kings Cross,
where he was abused multiple times before police located them.
Humphreys was later jailed for eight years.
XX said media coverage of his return to Adelaide made returning to
school impossible, because of the 'teasing' and academic problems.
He now works in an $18-an-hour job.
The trial, before Justice Tim Anderson is continuing.
Adelaide Advertiser (3-2-2005)
No Way O'Shea
Who Was Laurence John Edward O’Shea?
O’Shea was a social worker in his younger days. He was first convicted
of sexually abusing children in 1962, and again in 1967.
Whilst serving these prison sentences, O’Shea planned the establishment
of the Children’s Foundation of SA, and Camp Sunshine. On completion of
his sentence, he turned his plans into reality, and as founder of the
association, took the role of Executive Director.
A convicted paedophile running a children’s foundation? Only in South
As expected, O’Shea molested children who attended the camp, and was
next charged in 1978 with indecent assault of a 9yr old girl and a 7yr
old boy. These assaults took place between 1975 and 1977.
On completion of this trial, Justice Jacobs brings new meaning to the
word ‘tolerance’ when he says he ‘has some compassion for O’Shea, and
acknowledges the good work he has done in the community!!!
Do we really think that O’Shea was striving for citizen of the year award
when he dreamt up a kiddie foundation and camp?
Did he think he was helping the children by
molesting them perhaps?
Next all too obvious question is, where were the
child protection authorities?
It makes no sense at all that O’Shea was ever allowed to
found and run a children’s establishment of any nature.
However it is equally perplexing that the Government child
protection bodies failed to protect the children who were
then molested whilst on camp with a convicted paedophile!!
Now we face the fact that whilst serving his most recent prison
sentence, O’Shea was able to re-offend against children whilst ‘under license’.
Even more disturbing is that he was able to consort with other known paedophiles,
and engage in some ‘kiddie trading’!!!
Yet the South Australian Government continues to claim that we (SA) have ALWAYS
been the leaders in child protection!!
If this is the case, then the rest of Australia must be completely screwed when
it comes to child protection.
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