Offenders

Nowhere to hide -- offenders named and shamed at Royal Commission

Kelso Lawyers are always on the side of the victim. We have represented the victims of many sexual abuse offenders who have been convicted of abuse.

These include:

  • Brother Gregory Sutton — a former Marist Brother, Gregory Sutton was convicted of 67 counts of child sexual abuse and was jailed from 1996 to 2008.
  • Father John Denham – a former priest within the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle will be in jail until at least 2028. This notorious paedophile had already been convicted of nine child sex offences, but earlier this year he was convicted of a further 48 offences, adding 13 years to his jail term.
  • Brother Martin Harmata — a former Patrician Brother and teacher at Patrician Brothers’ College in Blacktown was jailed for more than three years in 2013 for the sexual assault of several students.
  • Father Frank Klep — a former priest of the Salesians of Don Bosco, Klep pleaded guilty to 15 sex offences involving boys aged 11-15 years in the 1970s and 80s. Klep was in charge of the sick bay at Victorian school Salesian College Rupertswood, and prayed on sick boys who came to him for assistance.
  • Father Neville Creen — a priest of the Diocese of Townsville, Creen molested young girls while serving as a priest in Mount Isa between 1973 and 1981. He was sentenced to three years in jail in 2003.
  • Father Peter Rushton— reportedly sexually abused hundreds of boys during his 40 year career as an Anglican priest

This is just the tip of the iceberg, the Royal Commission have referred more than 900 cases to authorities for further investigation. View our Royal Commission Faces of Shame exposing the key perpetrators.

NSW Police are currently investigating alleged abuse that occurred at the Parramatta Training School for Girls at the hands of Frank Valentine and Noel Greenaway. Many other perpetrators have died before charges have been laid, or complaints have been aired.

Major Victor Bennett was known for his brutality while working at Salvation Army children’s homes. He often organised fights between the boys and sexually assaulted boys in his care. Bennett died in 1986 before ever facing charges.

Father Denis McAlinden – a serial child abuse offender who served in Catholic parishes in the Hunter Valley, NSW, and in Western Australia — died in 2005, two years before the first of many sex abuse allegations came to light. McAlinden is thought to have had at least 20 victims in his 50-year career.

Father Patrick Cusack, a priest of the Diocese of Canberra-Goulburn who worked at St Matthew’s Primary School in Canberra, allegedly molested young girls at the school in the 1970s. Cusack died in 1977 before any allegations were made public.