Plus notorious paedophile’s shocking reign of terror, and convicted paedophile up for parole after serving just three and a half years.
Forty years after fleeing the US to escape conviction for raping a 13-year-old girl, film director Roman Polanski has been appointed head judge of the Cesars — France’s equivalent of the Oscars.
85-year-old Polanski’s appointment has caused fury in France with a petition of 50,000 signatures calling for his dismissal joining outcries from several women’s groups.
“It is surprising and shocking that a rape case counts for little in the life of a man,” said the French minister for women’s rights.
Notorious paedophile’s shocking reign of terror spanned almost two decades
Notorious serial paedophile Father John Denham groomed and abused dozens of children between 1968 and 1986 while working as a parish priest and teacher at St Pius X Catholic School in Newcastle.
Denham’s abuses ranged from touching boys’ genitals to full on rapes. He often caned the boys after the attacks and threatened further punishment if they spoke out about the abuse.
He was convicted of 48 counts of child sex abuse and is currently serving 19 years in prison. He will be eligible for release in 2028.
Convicted paedophile up for parole after serving just three and a half years
Former Patrician Brothers’ teacher Martin Harmata became eligible for parole in January 2017 after serving three and a half years for eight counts of child sex abuse.
He was convicted of sexually abusing children at Patrician Brothers’ College in Blacktown during the 1980s and was stood down from his teaching position in 2012 after working at the institution for more than 30 years.
Harmata pleaded guilty to eight child-sex offences in 2013 at Sydney’s Parramatta District Court. His sentence was reduced by 25 per cent as a reward for his early plea.
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