Most people do what they can to protect young children. But some people instead hurt them, inflicting crimes and trauma the children will never get over.
Most people do what they can to protect young children. But some people instead hurt them, inflicting crimes and trauma the children will never get over.

Monsters in paradise: The child sex abusers we can't forget

MOST people do what they can to protect young children. But some people instead hurt them, inflicting crimes and trauma the children will never get over. Here are some of the shocking cases of child abuse or possession of child exploitation material heard in Gold Coast courts. Warning: Confronting content

 

FOUND GUILTY OF CHILD SEX OFFENCES

Millionaire's sordid past

GOLD Coast millionaire John Chardon's sordid past came knocking after he was investigated for the murder of his wife Novy Chardon.

The 72-year-old was last year convicted of her murder after a trial the Brisbane Supreme Court.

That conviction has since been appealed.

After the conviction it was revealed that a woman had come forward in 2013 saying Chardon had molested her in her teens.

The woman spoke to police after she heard his voice on the television following him being charged with Novy's murder.

She told police how the businessman raped her at his home in the 1990s.

The girl, now a woman, remembered that voice when she heard it for the first time in years. She had been one of Chardon's daughter's friends.

The man had first molested her when she was aged just 15, having a sleepover at his house, a Gold Coast court previously heard.

John Chardon. Picture: AAP.
John Chardon. Picture: AAP.

In 2014, Chardon was jailed for six years by the Southport District Court after being found guilty of six historical child sex offences, including rape, attempted rape and unlawful carnal knowledge.

In sentencing, the court found he had "corrupted" his victim, who sat weeping in the back of the court as her rapist was sentenced.

Just as he did during his murder trial, Chardon gave an "unbelievable" story to police, saying it was the teenager who had propositioned him for sex.

Chardon unsuccessfully appealed the conviction in 2015.

But it wasn't long before his fetish for youngsters came to light again.

In 2016, after another trial, Chardon was found guilty of child sex offences he committed on the Gold Coast against a girl that was not related to him.

He was convicted of indecent treatment of a child under 16.

The offence involved him rubbing the seven-year-old's vagina with a towel for about five minutes.

He was handed an additional five months jail on top of his sentence for rape.

Judge Fleur Kingham labelled it a "serious offence" and said it was a breach of trust.

"It is clear that she (the victim) viewed you with some affection," she said at the time.

At the same trial, Chardon was acquitted of two counts of indecent treatment of a child under 16, after it was alleged he swam naked with two children.

He became eligible for parole in August 2017 in relation to his sex offending.

Pastor's son targeted teen girls

A GOLD Coast mother and her church made a secret pact after she came forward with an allegation that the son of two pastors had abused her 13-year-old daughter, a court has heard.

Over the next two years, the man, in his late teens at the time, would go on to sexually assault three other girls.

Kairo Peter Nahi, 21, was sentenced in the Southport District Court in May last year to three years in prison, to be suspended after he had served eight months. He was also placed on probation for 18 months once released.

The former teaching student pleaded guilty to 13 counts of indecent treatment of a child and one count of using the internet to procure and meet a child.

Church board members provided a character reference for Nahi and the mother of the first victim later admitted she initially kept quiet to "protect church".

Crown prosecutor Gary Churchill said the girl's mother found out about the assault through social media and "an agreement was reached at church to keep them apart".

Nahi is the son of David and Louise Nahi, who are pastors at Vibe Church in Tweed Heads, and used his connections at church to meet and sexually abuse four teen girls between 2015 and 2017. There is no suggestion the parents were aware of their son's wrongdoing.

He sent the first victim a text message: "I have other girls your age who are 12 and 13 that I can do these things to."

After finding out about her daughter being assaulted, the mother of the girl went to the pastors with the allegation and reached "an agreement" to keep them both apart.

Nahi had a total of four teenage victims aged between 11 and 14 and would befriend them, ask for photos of them naked, inappropriately touch them and also asked for oral sex.

Nahi's barrister Chris Wilson, instructed by Guest Lawyers, said Nahi had to give up his aspirations of becoming a teacher.

Groundskeeper's breach of trust

A GOLD Coast private school's former groundskeeper who preyed on a boy for two years in the early 1990s faced court last year.

Jason Day was 72 when he pleaded guilty in Southport District Court on November 28 last year to three counts of indecent treatment of a child.

The boy was just 14 or 15 when he was abused between December 1991 and January 1994.

Crown prosecutor Michael Mitchell said Day showed the boy pornography, masturbated in front of him and plied his victim with alcohol and an unknown pill.

The boy passed out, still dressed in his uniform, and woke to find Day - whom he had considered a friend - touching his genitalia.

The victim told his family in 2017 and made a complaint to police in early 2018.

Day was previously convicted of indecent treatment and distributing child exploitation material.

Judge Catherine Muir sentenced Day to 2½ years jail with immediate parole eligibility.

He had already spent 372 days locked up.

Holiday horror

A CONVICTED child sex offender sexually abused two boys while they holidayed at the Gold Coast caravan park where he was living.

Barry Coggin, 77, befriended the two boys, aged 8 and 11, when they were staying in a caravan park on Reserve Rd, Upper Coomera while on school holidays from Tasmania between June 30 and August 9, 2018.

Crown prosecutor Michael Mitchell told the Southport District Court in October last year that Coggin touched the 11-year-old inappropriately through his pants and offered to perform sex acts on the child.

He also exposed his penis to the boy, his eight-year-old brother and a man with an intellectual impairment.

Coggin pleaded guilty to multiple offences including indecent treatment of a child under 12.

Mr Mitchell said Coggin had a "concerning history of sexual offending against children".

In 2006, Coggin was sentenced to seven years in prison for multiple sexual offences, including maintaining a sexual relationship with a child. He twice applied for parole but was denied because the potential addresses he provided were too close to schools.

Between 2013 and 2017 Coggin was convicted four times for failing to comply with his conditions as a registered sexual offender, including telling police when he had contact with a child.

Judge David Kent sentenced Coggin to three years in prison to be suspended after 12 months.

Coggin was taken into custody in October 2018 and was released late last year.

Groped while swimming

A GOLD Coast man who grabbed an 15-year-old's crotch as she was swimming, tried to grope her breasts and attempted to kiss her, walked from Southport District Court.

Daniel Christopher Evans, 28, pleaded guilty in July 2018 to two counts of indecent treatment of a child.

Judge Katherine McGinness sentenced him to 12 months jail to be immediately suspended.

Crown prosecutor Matthew Hynes said the incident happened at Evans' birthday party on January 27 last year where he was swimming with a girl who was 15-and-a-half.

The court heard Evans had been drinking.

When Evans grabbed the girl on the crotch and breast she managed to push him away before he tried to kiss her and was again pushed away.

Evans has previously been jailed for assaulting a woman and for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

 

FOUND GUILTY OF POSSESSING CHILD EXPLOITATION MATERIAL

 

Child abuse image stash

AN ARUNDEL father who walked from court after being caught with thousands of child abuse images said he "considered them as art".

Vaughan Desmond Stewart, 51, downloaded 11,432 images and nine videos between May 23 and August 12 last year.

The exploitation material focused on genitalia of girls.

Stewart pleaded guilty in the Southport District Court in June last year to possessing child exploitation material and accessing material using a carriage service, the internet.

Crown prosecutor Cameron Wilkins said police officers uncovered the material when they raided Stewart's home and seized a computer tower in August last 2018.

Mr Wilkins said most of the material was rated Category 1 - the lowest end of the scale - but he described it as "still incredibly serious".

Stewart was sentenced to 15 months' jail and released immediately on a two-year good behaviour bond. He was also placed on probation for two years.

Baker's appalling images

THE parents of a Coomera baker wept as their son faced court for downloading and sharing thousands of "appalling and degrading" child abuse images and videos.

Jesse Baker.
Jesse Baker.

New Zealand citizen and Bakers Delight worker Jesse Baker, 28, was caught by police with 3189 unique files on his devices during a raid on his home on January 16, 2018.

A total of 123 images and 800 movies were rated by investigators as being in the worst possible categories.

The material included children being sexually abused by adults, Southport District Court was told in June last year.

Juveniles pictured ranged in age from toddlers to pre-pubescent teens, male and female.

Baker was sentenced to two-and-a-half years jail, suspended after six months for three years.

Theme park worker's illicit snaps

A FORMER theme park worker walked from court despite admitting he emailed himself hundreds of lewd pictures of children and women while they enjoyed rides.

The emails included upskirting images of young girls and pictures of adult women with their breasts exposed.

The photos were taken from Movie World cameras positioned near rides usually used to sell fun snaps to the public.

Myles Andrew Lyster was sprung after Movie World bosses discovered he was sending the grubby photos to himself.

When police swooped on Lyster's Gold Coast home they also found four graphic sexual images of girls aged between six and 11.

The 49-year-old pleaded guilty in the Southport District Court in January to possessing child exploitation material and using a restricted computer without consent.

Myles Andrew Lyster. Picture: Lea Emery.
Myles Andrew Lyster. Picture: Lea Emery.

 

Crown prosecutor Jessica Guy said police found 260 compromising images and videos when they searched his home on August 9, 2018.

"The images included adult women with shirts going up on rides and 13 depicted 'upskirt' images of children," she said.

Judge Katherine McGinness sentenced Lyster to six months' prison, which was wholly suspended.

He was also placed on two years' probation.

Lyster had no previous criminal history.

*For 24-hour sexual violence or domestic violence support call the national hotline 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or MensLine on 1800 600 636.

Originally published as Child porn, sex abuse: Shocking cases on Coast



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