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Shock At Ex-Teacher's Sentence
A FORMER teacher described by a prosecutor as a "master pedophile"
has been given a lighter jail sentence than his own barrister suggested.
The former Brisbane music teacher was found guilty of 34 counts of
indecent dealing with children, including his own infant children
and two students, in the early 1980s.
Judge Julie Ryrie said the man used his own children to help him commit
indecent acts on two Brisbane private schoolboys.
One student, 13, was given alcohol and pills before being sexually
abused on a sailing trip to Lake Cootharaba on the Sunshine Coast.
The man, then in his early 30s, had befriended the boys' mother. He
used threats, gifts and emotional blackmail to help him abuse the
Crown prosecutor Sal Vasta asked that the man be given a seven-year
sentence and defence counsel John Fraser asked for a sentence of
four to four-and-a-half years' jail.
But on August 10 in the Brisbane District Court, Judge Ryrie
sentenced the man, 54, to a maximum of three years.
Judge Ryrie said she did not consider the man to be anywhere
near within the worst category of offenders.
Attorney-General Linda Lavarch will ask the Director of Public
Prosecutions for a brief on the case so she can consider a
possible appeal on the sentence.
The man is appealing against the conviction.
Mr Vasta had asked the judge to take into account submissions
about the former music teacher's past conduct in South
Australia and the Northern Territory.
Before coming to Queensland, the man had been found guilty
by a SA Education Department board of inquiry of offences
including fondling students.
He was allowed to resign and in 1980 gained a job with a
Brisbane boys' school, where he was in charge of a dormitory.
But after complaints that he allowed a boy to shower in his
quarters and asked boys to wear towels around their necks,
instead of their waists, when going to the showers, he was
The teacher then was given a job with a Brisbane Anglican
school, despite the previous headmaster alerting the school's
principal to the reason for his dismissal.
"It truly displays the brazen nature of offending and shows
that the prisoner was prepared to act dishonestly in order
to obtain access to children at other institutions," Mr Vasta said.
The teacher had then "picked his mark" at the second Queensland
In 1994, the man served three years of an eight-year sentence
after pleading guilty to 15 charges of sexually abusing six boys
while he was a teacher in the Northern Territory.
Mr Vasta rejected claims that he was now rehabilitated after doing
a sex offenders' course in jail.
But Judge Ryrie would not take into account his behaviour in South
Australia, although she did note his similar offences in the Northern Territory.
The Sunday Mail (Qld) (28-8-2005)
Teacher Jailed For Child-Sex Offences
A BRISBANE school principal employed a teacher despite being told by
another principal that the man had been sacked after complaints from
students and other staff of inappropriate behaviour .
Yesterday the music teacher, a 54-year-old South Australian man,
repeatedly shook his head in court as he was jailed for three years
for sexual offences against students.
He was convicted by a Brisbane District Court jury on 34 charges of
sexually abusing his two infant children and two male students of the
school where he taught in 1981-84.
In written sentencing submissions, Crown Prosecutor Sal Vasta said the
teacher had been found guilty by a South Australian Department of Education
board inquiry in 1978 of offences committed, as a teacher, against a number of students.
The court was told he had subsequently been employed as a boarding master
at a Brisbane school in 1980, but had been dismissed after a school
chaplain raised concerns and students made complaints, although there
was no allegation that he had actually interfered with any boy.
He was then employed by another local school, even though the principal
had telephoned his previous employer and been told why he was dismissed.
The court was told the conduct of the principal was a major part of a
civil case by the complainants against the Anglican Church.
But Judge Julie Ryrie said that, while she read and noted Mr Vasta's
submissions, this antecedent behaviour could not properly be taken into
account during yesterday's sentencing procedures for the
However, the man's conviction in 1994 on 15 charges of sexually
abusing six boys while he was a teacher in the Northern
Territory – for which he served three years of an eight-year
sentence – was accepted.
Last month a jury took a little more than five hours to deliver
guilty verdicts on the current offences after a week-long trial,
during which jurors heard how the teacher manipulated a then-13-year-old
student, ingratiated himself with his single mother, gave him extravagant
presents and took him on special trips.
The court was told that the abuse had included sexually explicit
conversations, touching and masturbation, and abuse against the man's
own infant boy and young daughter. He had later preyed on the 13-year-old
boy's younger brother.
Defence barrister John Fraser said his client had completed a two-year
sexual offender's treatment program, had undergone private counselling,
and had not re-offended in the eight years since his release.
Mr Fraser also said his client had completed a TAFE course as part of his
retraining as an electrician, as he could no longer work in the music or
production fields with children.
He was also caring for his frail elderly parents in South Australia.
Judge Ryrie sentenced the man to a total of three years' jail, recorded a
conviction, and made no recommendation for parole.
Queensland NEwspapers (11-8-2005)
Sex Predator Faces Second Jail Term
A FORMER Brisbane music teacher yesterday found guilty
of 34 child sex offences had previously been jailed for
similar offences against students in the Northern Territory.
The Brisbane District Court jury took just over five
hours to convict the 54-year-old man, who cannot be
named for legal reasons, of indecently dealing with
a 13-year-old student, his brother and his own two
infant children between 1981 and 1984.
During the week-long trial, the court heard the
music teacher manipulated the student, now a
36-year-old doctor, played on concerns about
his lack of a father and being teased at school
to build a relationship with him, and also
ingratiated himself with the boy's single mother.
The now-divorced teacher socialised with the
boy's family, encouraged a father-son relationship,
gave him extravagant presents, helped him build a
sailing boat and took him on special trips to Sydney
and Lake Cootharaba.
The court heard the sexual abuse included sexually
explicit conversations, touching and masturbation, and
abuse against the man's own infant baby boy and young
daughter. The 13-year-old student was also plied with
alcohol and drugs during a sailing trip to Lake Cootharaba.
The convicted pedophile stood expressionless in the
dock, while two of his victims sitting in the back of
the court cried and smiled as the guilty verdicts were read out.
In making sentence submissions, Crown Prosecutor Sal
Vasta said the man had left the Brisbane private school
after other complaints had been made, and moved to the
Northern Territory where he was convicted in 1994 of
similar offences against six teenage boys.
Mr Vasta said the offences included touching, masturbation,
sodomy and tying a naked boy to a table and masturbating
him in front of other students during a school sleepover.
He was jailed for eight years.
He said the current offences were "brazen, confident and
conniving", the man had shown no remorse and must be
categorised as one of the worst offenders of this type.
Defence barrister John Fraser said his client had not
re-offended in the eight years' since his release.
Judge Julie Ryrie remanded the man in custody and
adjourned sentencing until July.
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