Ex- Adelaide Man Linked To Network
A FORMER Adelaide man who
owns three child-care centres is
among those who have been
charged in Victoria in connection with a nationwide child
A prison officer, a Catholic primary school teacher and an
Anglican minister were also
linked to the network yesterday.
The prison officer, who worked
at Fulham Correctional Centre in
Gippsland, was found dead yesterday - believed to have taken
his own life only hours after being
questioned by detectives.
As more police raids were conducted across Melbourne,
further details emerged about the
suburban child-care centre operator facing pornography charges.
Police claim Scott Barrett
Thompson, 41, had about, 1000
well-catalogued images of child
pornography on his computer.
The Advertiser has learned Mr
Thompson, a father of two, is
believed to have purchased the
three child-care centres jointly
with his wife about three years
ago after moving to Melbourne.
Before that he owned a range
of small companies, but there
was no evidence he was involved
in the child-care industry in
He yesterday put the Melbourne businesses on the market
as authorities moved to reassure
parents of the 200 children who
use the centres.
Administrator James Stewart,
from Ferrier Hodgson, said they
were calling for urgent expressions of interest to purchase
the centres- "Our first priority is
to meet with parents and staff at
the centres today to reassure
them regarding the ongoing operation of the business and the
fact that Mr Thompson will not
be associated with the ongoing
operation of the centres in any
way," Mr Stewart said.
There is no suggestion Mr
Thompson was using the centres
or the children who attend them
for child pornography.
Mr Thompson was also involved in a failed dot com company that left debts of more than
Victorian assistant police commissioner Simon Overland
warned pedophiles would be
weeded out and dealt with.
Meanwhile, the Melbourne
Catholic school teacher and
Anglican minister are believed to
have been stood down.
Adelaide Advertiser (2-10-2004)
Mark Buttler/ Cameron Smith