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Name: Robert James O'neill

Age: 67 yrs old (2011)

State: VIC- Castlemaine

Sentence: Sentenced on the 19-11-2004 in the Melbourne County Court to 15 yrs 2 mths jail/ 12 yrs non parole. Sentenced as "serious sexual offender".

Other: Junior sports coach. Pleaded guilty to 34 charges on the 9-11-2004 in the VIC County Court. (indecent assault/ rape/ gross indecency/ attempted buggery/ indecent acts with a child under 16 yrs). Victims were 23 boys aged between 8-16 yrs old (including 5 sets of brothers). Offences happened between 1972-1993. Victims were players on the basketball/ football teams coached by O’neill. Would molested the boys on end of year camps/ fishing trips/ sports tournaments and while sleeping over at his house.

Robert O'neill

Bid To Screen Child-Killer Doco

The ABC will appeal to the High Court of Australia for permission to broadcast a documentary on a convicted child killer.
The national broadcaster was today granted leave to appeal to the High Court, four months after Tasmania's Court of Appeal upheld an interlocutory injunction to protect the reputation of the state's longest-serving prisoner, James O'Neill.
O'Neill is suing the ABC, filmmaker Gordon Davie and Roar Film for defamation over a documentary called The Fisherman: A Journey Into the Mind of a Killer.
The ABC lodged its first appeal in April after Supreme Court judge Ewan Crawford granted a temporary injunction to prevent the documentary's broadcast in Tasmania.
That appeal was dismissed in August.
Supreme Court of Tasmania justice Alan Blow said in his ruling on the appeal that O'Neill's defamation proceedings may only delay, not prevent, broadcast of the documentary.
But if the action was brought to trial "it might be held that the documentary is defamatory of the respondent and a permanent injunction might be granted".
O'Neill, who has applied for parole since the making of the documentary, was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of nine-year-old Ricky John Smith in 1975.
The ABC's appeal will be heard next year.

http://www.dailytelegraph.news.com.au/story/0,20281,17586812-5001028,00.html (16-12-2005)

Story of Abuse, innocence Lost and a Town in Denial

Robert O'Neill, who abused dozens of children over 20 years while coaching local sporting clubs in Castlemalne.
A country town deals with the horror of a sports coach abusing children.
Their faces stare out from team pictures on the walls of the Campbells Creek Football Club with the boldness and innocence of youth. But beneath these silent, proud grins, many of the boys were desperate for help, screaming to be rescued from a predator of small children who abused dozens of them for more than 20 years.
The man stands beside them in the pictures - he was their trusted coach.
On Friday, Robert James O'Neill, 60, will be sentenced In the Country Court after- pleading guilty to 34 charges, including rape, attempted buggery, indecent assault and gross indecency against 23 boys over two decades. The last reported case was in 1992.
Police believe the number of boys assaulted was likely well over double this figure and suspect the abuse probably did not end until "Bobby" O'Neill was finally charged in 2002, 30 years after he started to abuse children.
The pictures still proudly hang in the Campbells Creek clubrooms, in the country town of Castlemalne. Just over 100 kilometres north-west of Melbourne.
For many years, the boys in these photographs were not only the victims, but like many in the close-knit country town, they were silent witnesses to the horror of one man's actions.
While only the boys themselves knew first-hand, of the abuse, for many years people in the town suspected things were not right and did nothing.
Some in the town are still finding it difficult to grasp what has happened and take the necessary healing steps.
Many victims would like to ask people in the town one question: "How could you do nothing?"
"Peter" (not his real name) was a talented schoolboy sportsman, excelling in football and basketball, who was also coached - and abused - by O'Neill.
Peter says O'Neill, who targeted boys aged between eight and 16, had a common technique to snare his victims.
For many years I thought it was affection. Now I know he was just getting his rocks off - Peter, victim.
"He would make friends with the parents first, have a beer with them, win their trust," he said.
Detective Sergeant Ross Gray, from the Criminal Investigation Unit in Castlemaine, said O'Neill liked to pick on children whose parents were separated.
"He would step in and be the father-figure," he said.
O'Neill would take the boys away on team sporting weekends and on fishing trips to Torrumbary on the Murray River.
Peter says O'Neill would buy him Christmas and birthday presents and be like a best friend. And as a friend, Peter said you would not want to hurt his feelings or break his trust by speaking out against him - especially since he was well respected at the club and a friend of your parents.
Detective Sergeant Gray said O'Neill, who never married or had a girlfriend, would invite the young boys back to his Johnstone Street house in Castlemaine to do weights training and hang out.
Another local said the parties O'Neill would throw at his house for the boys were legendary around town.
"Bob Dylan, pizza and porn were pretty irresistible for young boys on a Friday and Saturday night."
Peter says that once O'Neill had a boy at his house he would then "measure you up" to see if your body was ready for weights training. The "measuring" often involved abuse of the boys.
Another common tactic, police said, was for O'Neill to wrestle with the boys and the wrestle would turn into O'Neill groping them.
"For many years I thought it was affection. I thought that was how you were supposed to be affectionate," Peter said. "Now I know he was just getting his rocks off."
Peter, now in his mid-30s with children of his own, says he will never get over what O'Neill did to him.
"I struggle to be affectionate with my own two children, I don't know how to bond with them, I feel uncomfortable when they sit on my knee," he says painfully.
For Peter, the nightmare has never gone away. Sometimes he almost breaks down when he walks into a chemist and smells the same aftershave O'Neill wore.
As he got older he would drive an extra couple of kilometres to go home so he did not have to drive past O'Neill's house.
"It is Jike I have already served a life sentence and have three to go," he says.
Despite O'Neill's late guilty plea, Peter finds it difficult to believe his tormentor is remorseful, as O'Neill's lawyer has told the court.
"If he was remorseful why did he wait until the end to plead guilty? Why didn't he stop 20 years ago?"
"Harry", another of O'Neill's victims and the person who finally convinced police of O'Neill's activities, says he is still too traumatised to talk in detail about the abuse.
But he did say he hoped other people "took a look in their own backyards" to make sure other children were not being abused.
A number of people in the town who spoke to The Sunday Age described Bobby O'Neill as a good bloke who helped out at the local club.
Yet Peter does not remember O'Neill as a "good bloke".
"One day we were playing basketball against the bottom side and he made us wear horse blinkers on our heads so we couldn't see the ball when we bounced it... he was a cruel man," he said.
A spokesman for the Campbells Creek Football Club said he would "not condemn Bobby, he was a great bloke".
"He would do anything for the community, turn up to any dog or cat fight that was on," he said.
The man, who chose not to be named, said O'Neill was a friend, a person who helped the club enormously. Ray Taylor, president of the Castlemaine Football Club, said O'Neill was a trainer for the under-16 football team up until 2000 and had been "a good bloke well liked around the club".
Both men said there had always been suspicion about O'Neill, but nothing was ever done.
"You have to remember a person is innocent until proven guilty," Mr Taylor said.
Three people made complaints to police about O'Neill as far back as 1992 but police at the time said there not enough information to press charges.
Detective Sergeant Gray, who arrived in Castlemaine five years ago, said two of the men were later confirmed as victims of O'Neill.
Sue Fowlers, secretary of the Castlemaine basketball club where O'Neill once coached, said she could not understand how O'Neill was not caught earlier. "I have heard things since, that people knew something was going on but did nothing," she said.
She said the club, where O'Neill is still a life member, would now have to deal with its past.
The victims who have come forward to speak have all said they did so to help other small children in other towns where people were unable or unwilling to hear their silent screams.

The Age (14-11-2004)
Jason Dowling

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