The information in this article was sourced from the Newcastle Herald’s article “Newcastle musician Daniel “Jimmy” Hanson pleads guilty to sexually and indecently assaulting 14 teenage girls and young women” by Sam Rigney, published November 11th 2020.
The former frontman of two well-known Newcastle bands called We Built Atlantis and Falling For Beloved has pleaded guilty to 23 counts of sexual and indecent assault against 14 girls aged between 12 and 22.
According to the court’s statement of facts, Daniel “Jimmy” Hanson, sometimes referred to as Jimmy Beloved, had shown an interest in girls under 16 from the age of 18 and well into his 20s.
There was usually a seven-year age gap between Hanson and his victims.
Hanson would meet underage girls at gigs and ask for their phone numbers. Then, he would groom them over text until the relationship turned sexual. Nude photographs were also exchanged.
He would also meet the girls near his home and have sex with them in secluded (but public) spaces like stormwater drains.
Hanson used We Built Atlantis’ reputation to coerce the girls into sexual relationships. The band toured popular Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane venues, and also played Maitland’s Groovin’ the Moo festival in 2012.
Police received a complaint about Hanson in 2019 and he was arrested at his work in Cooks Hill. The subsequent media release about the arrest triggered multiple other teenage girls and women to come forward and submit allegations against Hanson.
Hanson appeared in Newcastle Local Court via audio-visual link from Cessnock Correctional Centre on November 11th 2020.
He will appear in court in December 2020 for sentencing.
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