SEX CRIMES TASMANIA
STATE OF TASMANIA v HEATH LANCE CHATTERS 13 APRIL 2022 COMMENTS ON PASSING SENTENCE Mr Chatters, you have been found guilty of one count of rape. The jury clearly accepted the complainant as a truthful and honest witness, and rejected your evidence. I agree with the jury about this. I am satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the complainant provided in evidence an accurate version of the events surrounding the crime, and will proceed on that factual basis for the purpose of assessing sentence. You committed this crime in August 1993, just over a week before your 18th birthday. The complainant was also 17 years of age. You did not know each other, but on the night in question, you both
Former UTAS student and graduate Bachelor of Computer Science gets suspended sentence for child exploitation material.
STATE OF TASMANIA v KEREN CHEN 6 APRIL 2022 COMMENTS ON PASSING SENTENCE The defendant Keren Chen aged 23 has pleaded guilty before to a single count of possession of child exploitation material contrary to s 130C of the Criminal Code. The indictment charges the defendant with possessing child exploitation material (CEM) on 6 September 2021. The amended Crown statement of facts particularised the CEM according to the Interpol Baseline Categorisation System (IBCS). There were in the defendant’s possession, 7,878 images and 1,503 videos totalling 9,381 items. There are 2,798 items (29.8%) in IBCS category 1, which depicts a child involved in a sexual act, witnessing a sexual act, or the material is focused/concentrated on the child’s anal or genital
STATE OF TASMANIA v KEVIN MICHAEL PHILLIPS 24 MARCH 2022 COMMENTS ON PASSING SENTENCE The defendant, Kevin Michael Phillips, who was 69 years old at the time of the offending, has pleaded guilty to one count of possessing child exploitation material. This is not his first offence. His name is on the register pursuant to the Community Protection (Offender Reporting) Act 2005 until February 2025. In February 2017 he pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of such material and one count of accessing such material. In sentencing him on that occasion Brett J said: “The first count of possession arose from a police search of your home on 7 May 2015. During that search, a considerable amount of child exploitation material
The male complainant, to the penetrative sexual abuse charge was aged 12 years old at the time of the incident.
STATE OF TASMANIA v DAMIEN KOZAKIEWICZ 23 MARCH 2022 COMMENTS ON PASSING SENTENCE The defendant, Damien Robert Kozakiewicz who was 31 years of age at the time of the offending has pleaded guilty to one count of penetrative sexual abuse of a child and one count of possessing child exploitation material. The male complainant, to the penetrative sexual abuse charge was aged 12 years old at the time of the incident. In 2021, the complainant and the defendant began exchanging messages using Snapchat and told each other that each was homosexual. The messages were friendly and “flirty” in nature. The complainant told the defendant he was 14 years of age. The defendant did not tell the complainant his age, although
STATE OF TASMANIA v GCL 18 MARCH 2022 COMMENTS ON PASSING SENTENCE GCL you have pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated sexual assault. The victim of your crime was the daughter of one your close friends. On a weekend when the complainant was aged approximately 13 years, and you were aged 49 or 50, the complainant and her father travelled to stay with you at your residence. The three of you went to the local hotel. All of you consumed alcohol. You subsequently returned to your residence and consumed more alcohol. You and the complainant also smoked some cannabis. Both you and the complainant were intoxicated by your consumption of alcohol and cannabis. The complainant’s father was also heavily
STATE OF TASMANIA v LM 18 MARCH 2022 COMMENTS ON PASSING SENTENCE LM you have pleaded guilty to one count of rape. You were sixteen years of age at the time you committed the crime. The complainant was then aged five years. The crime occurred between 1 October 2020 and 11 November 2020. During that time you were babysitting the complainant approximately two to three times per week. The offence occurred when you and the complainant were in a shed at the rear of the complainant’s home. Your car was parked in the shed. You told the complainant he could sit in the car and pretend he was driving. You placed the complainant in the front seat of the vehicle.
Period of offending 10 years, explicit images of girls, ranging from 10 months to 13 years – suspended sentence
STATE OF TASMANIA v CHRISTOPHER SCHMEDDING 16 MARCH 2022 COMMENTS ON PASSING SENTENCE Christopher Schmedding, you have pleaded guilty to one count of possessing child exploitation material contrary to s 130C of the Criminal Code. On 19 January 2020 when you were at work, your wife observed some pictures of young girls aged between 6 and 9 in suggestive poses with their legs apart on your mobile phone. These girls were not recognised by your wife. Later that same day your wife found a Toshiba hard drive in your work bag. Subsequent examination of that hard drive by a family member revealed further material of a similar nature. Police were called. They subsequently obtained and executed a search warrant at your residence.
“Defendant tells court he just help himself” STATE OF TASMANIA V X COMMENTS ON PASSING SENTENCE X has pleaded guilty to 12 counts of rape encompassed by 5 acts of penile penetration of the vagina, 5 acts of digital penetration of the vagina and 2 acts of digital penetration of the anus. The rapes occurred during five separate incidents of sexual assault. The victim of the crimes was the defendant’s then partner. The defendant and the complainant had been in a relationship between February 2019 and February 2021. The defendant was 18 at the commencement of the relationship. The complainant was approximately four and a half years older than the defendant. The complainant had two children to previous relationships Those
STATE OF TASMANIA v X 1 MARCH 2022 COMMENTS ON PASSING SENTENCE X you have pleaded guilty to one count of persistent family violence. The crime was committed over a 10 year period between 1 January 2010 and 19 February 2020. The victim of your crime was your wife, Z You and Z commenced a relationship, when she was 14 years of age. You were a little over two years older than her. You married in 2013. Prior to your marriage you had lived together at various residences, and moved into the matrimonial home you had built together at the beginning of 2013. This home was in [address]. There are four children of the marriage. In August 2019 you and
STATE OF TASMANIA v NICHOLAS SMITH 24 FEBRUARY 2022 COMMENTS ON PASSING SENTENCE Nicholas Smith, you have pleaded guilty to one count of possessing child exploitation material, contrary to s 130C of the Criminal Code. You have also pleaded guilty on complaint to one count of possessing a bestiality product. I will deal with that pursuant to s 385A of the Code. On 6 August 2020 members of Tasmania Police attended your residence, where you lived with your landlord, who was also a family friend, in possession of a search warrant. This followed the receipt of information that child exploitation material was allegedly being uploaded to your Snapchat account. I note there is no evidence you in fact did this, and