66 Australians are among nearly 400 people arrested after Canadian authorities smashed what they say is one of the worst child sex abuse rings they’ve seen.
Canadian police say their investigation into a multi-million-dollar child sex abuse video website has led to the arrests of nearly 350 people internationally, including teachers, police officers, doctors and priests.
A total of 386 victims of the ring were rescued from harm worldwide, including six in Australia – five in Western Australia, and one in the ACT. The Australian suspects in the operation are aged between 25 and 72 and have been charged with a range of offences including accessing, possessing, producing and distributing online child exploitation material.
The Australian arrests included a Catholic priest, a former priest and two teachers, all from New South Wales. But Queensland is the state with the largest number of suspects, with 33 people facing charges :: Read the full article »»»»
A South Australian computer technician who downloaded child pornography and frequented internet chatrooms in order to fulfil his impaired sexual fantasies about toddlers has been sentenced to 3 years in prison. 38 year old Steven John Bolbot, pleaded guilty to an aggravated count of possessing child pornography as well as two counts of producing child pornography.
The Adelaide District Court heard that South Australia Police officers searched Bolbot’s home in February 2012, during the search they found Bolbot using an internet chatroom, they also discovered 2,280 chat logs – of Bolbot role-playing and grooming – and found 246 images of child pornography on hard drives in his possession.
The court heard Bolbot’s social isolation and internet addiction led him to use chatrooms to explore his sexual fantasies about young children. It heard Bolbot was employed as a computer technician in 2009, He was however sacked as a result of the criminal charges.
Several researchers have reported correlations between paedophilia and certain psychological characteristics, such as low self-esteem and poor social skills. While we’ve spent quite a large amount of time outing paedophile behaviour – Paedophilia – there is a gathering body of evidence that describes this abominable behaviour as an illness. Cohen et al – 2002 – in studying ‘Personality Impairment in Male Paedophiles‘ outlines a view of paedophiles as having impaired interpersonal functioning, elevated passive-aggressiveness, as well as an impaired self-concept. According to the authors, pathologic personality traits in paedophiles lend support to a hypothesis that such pathology is related to both motivation for and failure to inhibit paedophilia behaviour :: Read the full article »»»»
This is a bit of a personal post, so I'm going to deviate, get a little off track – at the outset and throughout this post – So let me begin by outlining: This post is about mental health, more precisely a lack of. It's also about a Louis Theroux documentary titled A Place for Paedophiles, it's my last rant on Alex Brooks and it's about a 21 year old child I care for.
The latter point first: I'm a care for a gorgeous young lady, a 21 year old child who has been diagnosed with 6 separate mental disorders. She's been physically, mentally and sexually abused since she was 3 years of age, incarcerated since she was 11 years of age and forcibly admitted to psychiatric units 7 times in the past 12 months. She's self harmed since she was 13 years of age and been a serious drug abuser since she was 14.
Mental health is such a complex problem, an almost unbelievable mountain of human carnage, human despair and misery. Much of the problem can be put down to the lack of resources given to what will surely be the scourge of this 21st century, my heart goes out to those who face this devastation on a daily basis, respect.
One of the anecdotal lessons I've learned is that mental illness is much more pervasive than society at-large would believe, it's far more complicated and almost impossible to get ontop of :: Read the full article »»»»
Our distaste for child abuse of any form has been well penned on these pages, it now seems that the interweb is catching up! Australia’s first public sex offenders register will go online later today, publishing the names and faces of known child sex offenders in Western Australia.
The names and faces of about 50 paedophiles will be published on the State Government website, which is being set up in fulfilment of a 2008 election pledge.
The launch is being closely watched by other states, but there are concerns it will prompt vigilantism and cases of mistaken identity.
The website will provide information on some of the state’s most dangerous and repeat child sex offenders, including their photos, names and the suburbs in which they live, although it will not give out specific addresses :: Read the full article »»»»
There are more than just a few things wrong with this post, firstly – clearly – the nature of it is pretty off-putting, secondly, whats with all the paedaphiles in Adelaide? and thirdly, did this guy really say that?
Torsten Heggblum has been jailed for just 18 months for sharing child pornography online, despite arguing he was working to try help authorities stamp out child abuse. Heggblum, 46, admitted two child pornography charges in the Adelaide District Court.
Heggblum will be eligible to seek release from custody after serving 9 of his 18 month sentence.
Heggblum was among 11 Australian men charged in June last year by Australian Federal Police for exchanging images and videos of sexual abuse of children as young as five on an internet site. Police said the material included scenes of bondage, torture and rape.
Heggblum brazenly told the court he was motivated to download 1.3 million images and 11,000 videos found on his computers because he wanted to help authorities detect laboratories where children were being exploited. Judge Michael Boylan said Heggblum’s story was bizarre and jailed him.
Paedophile Andrew Lanxon Whitford has been jailed for just two years and nine months after being convicted of the distribution and possession of more than 30,000 items of child pornography.
A South Australian court was told that an undercover police officer made contact with Whitford through a P2P website the paedophile used to distribute his illegal material, soon after contact the police officer received child pornography material.
Adelaide District Court Judge Wayne Chivell, was told that Andrew Lanxon Whitford, 60, was arrested after police received a tip-off that Whitford was using a P2P web site to distribute his illegal material. The court was told Adelaide police seized his computer equipment and found an estimated 30,000 images and videos. Whitford pleaded guilty to aggravated disseminating and possessing child pornography.
In handing down his sentence, Judge Chivell said that he couldn’t understand how anyone could derive pleasure from such material.
“How any person can derive pleasure from viewing this material is beyond me,” Judge Chivell said. “Some of the child pornography material is of the worst kind. The offending was at the serious end of the spectrum. The offending occurred over a period of months and you did not cease voluntarily.”