Paedophile Offenders

List of paedophiles named and shamed during and post Royal Commission

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These individuals are just a few of the monsters who’ve committed atrocities against children. The Royal Commission have referred more than 900 cases to authorities for further investigation. Download 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. You can view other prevalent paedophiles by downloading our Faces of Shame dossier.

Kelso Lawyers are constantly updating this page with other prevalent paedophiles who have committed atrocities in various churches and institutions.

Father John Denham

He was 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

He was 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 Peter Rushton

He reportedly sexually abused hundreds of boys during his 40-year career as an Anglican priest.

Father Frank Klep

He was 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 preyed on sick boys who came to him for assistance.

Father Neville Creen 

He was 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.

John Joseph Farrell 

He was a Catholic Priest who was shipped from congregation to congregation to avoid his awful history of child sexual abuse being announced.

Jim Brown

He was a volunteer with the Anglican Church, Brown sexually abused boys as young as eight, feeding them with alcohol before abusing them. Brown pleaded guilty to 27 offences of indecent and sexual assault, and buggery in 2012.

Dr Ashleigh Jarrold

He was a dentist in Newcastle, Jarrold participated a “paedophilic smorgasbord” in the mid-1970s, and targeted underaged boys online. In 2009 Jarrold was convicted of eight offences and was sentenced to seven years imprisonment.

Father David O’Hearn 

He was a Catholic priest who told his victims that his abuse was what “what God wants”. O’Hearn was convicted of 44 child sex offences in 2016.

Donald Victor Greenaway

He used his position as a scripture and Sunday school teacher in his local Baptist church to access underaged boys. 

Gerald Ridsdale

He’s the most prolific paedophile priest in Australia. He’s faced 100 charges of sexual abuse against children. He physically and sexually abused his victims, causing long-term mental and physical issues.

Denis McAlinden

McAlinden has abused children all over the world. He was moved across the country, even to New Zealand, to avoid being caught out for his horrific actions.

Father Kevin O’Donnell

O’Donnell is one of the many paedophile priests who abused children in Melbourne. He raped children as young as five. The Catholic Church was aware of his actions. They knew he was a paedophile and they did nothing.

Father Nazareno Fasciale

Nazareno Fasciale was an Italian immigrant, moving to Australia when he was nine years old. He started training in the Catholic Church in the late 1940’s. He admitted to his superiors that he was offending children. Nothing happened, and Fasciale continued offending.

Grant Davies

Grant was a dance teacher in Sydney, coaching young girls and boys at the dance studio he shared with his sister. He was arrested in 2013, and charged with 63 offences, including aggravated sexual assault and producing child abuse material.

Garth Hawkins

Convicted child sex offender and former Anglican priest, Garth Hawkins, abused seven vulnerable boys who were supposed to be ‘in his care’ over a ten year period between 1974 and 1984. His crimes have been described as “chilling litany of devious sexual abuse”.

Gregory Vincent Coffey

Gregory Vincent Coffey was a priest and teacher. He was also a vicious conman who had open access to prey on children under his control.

Jim Fletcher

James Fletcher was lovingly known as “Father Jim” to his parishioners. He was invited into their homes, accepted into their families and allowed to spend time alone with their children. What his parishioners didn’t know was that Jim Fletcher was a long-time paedophile.

Stephen Hatley Gray

Stephen Hatley Gray was a paedophile priest who served the Catholic Church between 1980 and 1990. He was given a mere slap on the wrist for raping underage boys and continued to work as a priest despite his crimes.

Former Reverend Andrew Duncan

Reverend Andrew Duncan abused young boys. His punishment for ruining their life? Defrocking. That’s the price he paid for abusing children.

Monsignor John Day

Monsignor John Day is one of the most infamous child sex offenders in the history of Australia. Fourteen boys and two girls testified against him. He was well-known in the brothels of Melbourne… but the Victorian Police protected him, even sacking a detective hell-bent on exposing the paedophile priest.

Father Peter Searson

There have been some horrific stories of child sexual abuse from the Catholic Church… but none so disturbing and nightmarish than that of Father Peter Searson. Searson had a sick fetish for children, animal cruelty, intimidation tactics, and rape. Read more about Searson here.

Ex-Teacher Thomas Keady

Thomas Keady was a paedophile, hired by a Catholic school and only dismissed when over 5 students complained of abuse. He assaulted children in New South Wales and Victoria.

Martin James Cooper

Martin Cooper sexually abused eight children at the hostel he ran in Perth in the 1970s and 1980s. He has since been described as “sadistic” and “perverse” by a court judge. When the children tried to report the abuse, they were told they were “troublemakers” and “welfare kids”.

Barry Watson

Watson was a disgusting man who took advantage of children. He stole their innocence and replaced it with a lifetime of struggle, mental health issues, substance abuse, and emotional turmoil.

Brian Joseph Spillane

According to his victims, Spillane used religious rituals, fake exorcisms, prayers and speaking in tongues as a ruse to sexually abuse the boys at Stannies.

Robert Flaherty

Flaherty was a former Catholic priest in the Sydney Archdiocese. His sickening abuse of children was known to his colleagues. Not only did they do nothing, but they allowed him to continue offending till his retirement.

Gerard McNamara

Throughout his teaching career, he abused at least five children who were aspiring sportsmen. He gave them horrific “sports massages” and abused one child at least 30 times.

Victor Higgs

He was a Jesuit Brother working at St Ignatius College in Adelaide (known as Athelstone) throughout the 70’s and 80’s. He used his position of authority to take advantage of young boys in the boarding school, bringing them to his office to “talk” or to go through “sexual education”.

Father Wilfred “Bill” Baker

He was a teacher and hospital chaplain for the Melbourne Archdiocese.  He was a notorious masturbation advocate and talked about it with students, young boys, and even fellow priests. He was a known paedophile and was moved from parish to parish – allowed to be alone, unsupervised, with children.

Father Desmond Gannon

Quite often, child sex offenders have no remorse for their crimes. They don’t understand what all the fuss is about. It’s like they are from a different planet than the rest of us. Father Desmond Gannon was one of those offenders. Gannon abused children in various schools and parishes from 1958 until he retired from his role at the Macleod-Rosanna parish in 1993.

Father Tom Brennan

Throughout his career, he covered up the crimes of paedophile priests and teachers. He also committed atrocities himself, sexually assaulting multiple underage boys and ruining their lives before even hitting high school.

Brother Colgan Taylor

Quite often, paedophile priests go decades without being punished or caught for their crimes. Sometimes offenders are protected by fellow priests and allowed to keep offending. Other times, their crimes go unreported – survivors and their families are often shamed or scared into remaining silent.This was the case with Brother Colgan Taylor.

Brother Peter Lennox

In March 2019, Lennox was jailed for the crimes he committed against two underage boys. Prosecutors intend to bring Lennox back to court regarding additional charges when he’s finished his jail term. Learn more about Lennox.

Father Vince Ryan

Father Vincent Ryan is one of the most prolific and unremorseful paedophile priests in the history of the Hunter Region and Australia.

He spent more than a decade in prison for the abuse of numerous boys between the 1970s to the 1990s. In March 2019, he faced additional charges in a Newcastle court but denied the allegations because he “did not remember the boys’ names”.

Frank Valentine

Once upon a time, Frank Valentine appeared to be “kindly affable elderly man”. Now, Valentine has been exposed as an indiscrimate, sadistic paedophile. In the 1970s, Valentine used his position of power to sexually abuse vulnerable teenagers in youth detention facilities. Learn more about Valentine.