Child sexual abuse

Waste of time if sex offender register not public

Anne Tolley is proposing the creation of a child sex offenders register, but bizarrely it won;t be public, instead restricted to government agencies.

The Government is pushing ahead with a child-sex offender register, which could eventually be expanded to include other sexual offenders.

Police and Corrections Minister Anne Tolley has confirmed ministers signed off on plans to establish the database with an announcement expected within the next few weeks. The database will not be open to the public.

It will be managed by the police, and only available to officials with security clearance from agencies such as the Department of Corrections and the Ministry of Social Development.

If National is returned to Government at September’s election, Tolley hopes to introduce the register by the end of the year.

Initially, the list will run to about 350 names and include those who have been released from prison or are serving a community sentence. Offenders with name suppression would not be excluded. It is expected the index will eventually be expanded to target other sex offenders.    Read more »

Good idea, but make it public

Anne Tolley is talking about the creation of a sex offenders register, but it isn;t going to be public…it should be.

A register tracking convicted child sex offenders could be introduced by the end of the year, Police and Corrections Minister Anne Tolley says.

The list would be used by police and Government agencies to keep an eye on paedophiles who had completed their sentences.

“We are looking at anyone who has been sent to prison for an offence against children – so it’s quite a small number of people, probably about 300 to 350 of those either come out of prison or come off a community sentence each year,” Ms Tolley told TVNZ’s Q+A programme today.

Cabinet was yet to decide on who exactly would have access to the register and a decision was also yet to be made on whether serious sex offenders against adults would also be included on the list, she said.

“But we’re proposing that we start with a very small targeted group.”

The legislation could then be evaluated and maybe expanded, Ms Tolley said.

It would be a police managed register, with access by the Corrections Department and other government agencies which dealt with child safety.   Read more »

A dud judge

Read this account and be astonished at the poor form by this dud judge who seems more interested in the rights of a scumbag sex offender than those of his victims.

A judge has grudgingly allowed one child sex abuse victim to read her statement in court, after the victims had declined a restorative justice meeting where they could have confronted the offender.

The offending against three young girls by Shane Vincent Roy Dennis, now aged 54, took place more than 20 years ago.

Christchurch District Court Judge David Saunders today sentenced Dennis to 10 months of home detention, 200 hours of community work, and ordered him to pay $1000 to each victim.

Dennis had admitted 11 charges of indecent assault, and one of inducing a girl to do an indecent act. All related to girls aged under 12 at the time.

Dennis now works as a truck driver in Whangarei, where helps care for his sick wife. He will continue to work and the emotional harm reparation payments to the victims will be made at $75 a week.

Judge Saunders said it was a case where restorative justice would have been beneficial but the offer had been declined by the victims.

He questioned why one of the victims now wanted to read her victim impact statement in court, where the defendant did not have a chance to reply effectively.

“I’m not comfortable about it now,” said the judge. “This doesn’t have a sense of balance about it. There’s no opportunity for formal interaction or apology. I am not sure what she is trying to achieve.”   Read more »

Is judge Jane Farish a mother? Is Jacinda Ardern?

A reader isn’t happy.   At all.

First, David Clarkson’s article starts with

Name suppression has been granted to protect the chances for rehabilitation and forming “appropriate adult relationships” for a repeat viewer of child abuse pornography.

Probation has even been forbidden to contact the 36-year-old Christchurch man’s current employer in case the inquiry leads to him losing his job.

Probation would normally ensure that his job – he’s on a 90-day probationary period at the moment – does not bring him into contact with children, and doesn’t give him access to the internet.

Christchurch District Court Judge Jane Farish said she would view it as contempt of court if probation did contact the employer. She was concerned that probation would label him as a sex offender, when he had never abused children.

“He has used child pornography because of difficulties having adult relationships,” said the judge.

If probation found that there were problems with management of the eight-month home detention sentence she imposed, they should refer the case back to her. She will regularly monitor the man’s progress.

He will continue with psychological counselling that he has already started. It will be paid for by his parents because probation has no money available for it. The man will live at his parents’ home while serving home detention. The house has no internet access.

And now, our reader’s views on this matter  Read more »

Good stuff, more sunlight needed

Police are moving to more closely monitor paedophiles in the community.

One way would be to remove their name suppression the community could know for themselves and make a judgement about whether or not they want to employ or live next to a paedophile. These cowards hide behind the grief of their victims to remain anonymous to all except the Police.

The Herald reports:

Police believe thousands of convicted paedophiles are living in communities throughout the country, many of whom are going undetected as they fall off the radar.

But a new initiative in two police districts means the worst offenders are now being tracked with regular monitoring, which has resulted in several being sent back to prison.

The Counties Manukau child exploitation unit launched Operation Guardian last year to monitor convicted paedophiles released into their community. It is the district’s equivalent of a child sex offenders register, and ranks offenders as high, medium or low risk.  Read more »

384 ratbag priests defrocked for abuse

Over the past two years 384 ratbag pedo and abusing priests have been de-frocked by the Catholic Church.

The Vatican defrocked 260 priests for the sexual abuse of children in 2011 and 124 more in 2012 after the scandal exploded in Europe and beyond and bishops forwarded hundreds of cases to the Vatican, according to statistics compiled by The Associated Press.  Read more »

This Pope is turning out to be cracker

The election of Francis as Pope is proving to be a smart choice by the conclave. He is moving to address so many of the issues the Catholic Church has performed poorly in.

One such area is the legacy of silence over boy-buggering priests. Not any more.

In his first concrete step to address the clerical sexual-abuse problem in the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis will establish a commission to advise him on protecting children from pedophile priests and on how to counsel victims, the Vatican said Thursday.

The announcement was a forthright acknowledgment by the Vatican of the enduring problem of abusive priests, and fit with Francis’ pattern of willingness to set a new tone in the governance of the church nine months into his tenure.  Read more »

What is he? 37 or 34? The Herald has no idea

Obviously the “decent journalist, trained and skilled” was really struggling with this article:

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As bad as the Catholics

It looks like the BBC should be renamed the Boy-Buggering Club as sex charges mount. They are in danger of becoming better known than the Catholic Church as the preferred workplace for pedophiles.

More than 150 allegations of sexual abuse have been made against 81 BBC employees since the Jimmy Savile scandal engulfed the corporation last year.

Half of the accused are current members of BBC staff or contributors, a Freedom of Information request revealed.

Of the cases involving those 40 employees, ten remain outstanding and are currently being investigated by either the police or the BBC.

The figures reveal a seismic shift in the number of people coming forward in the wake of the Savile controversy.  Read more »

Only some cases?

Cardinal George Pell really is a dick. His claims that celibacy might be a factor in some cases is just denying the obvious.

Celibacy is unnatural. The church has created an unnatural system. Jesus wasn’t celibate, neither were many of the 12 apostles. THere is no justification for it biblically or even in the natural course of human-kind.

Celibacy might be a factor in the high rate of child sex abuse within the Catholic Church, Cardinal George Pell has told an inquiry.

He also acknowledged that senior figures in the Australian Catholic Church covered up evidence about child abuse.

Appearing before the Victorian inquiry into institutional child sexual abuse, Cardinal Pell said the Catholic Church’s history of child abuse stems from loose entry requirements for priests, past errors of judgment and inaction.

Australia’s most senior Catholic admitted that the fear of scandal had led to the cover-up of instances of abuse by some within the church but he denied that there was a culture of abuse among priests.