Melbourne Paedophile Offenders

Child Sex Offenders Melbourne

From the 1950s through to the 1990s, there were a vast amount of offending paedophiles in Melbourne

The number of active paedophiles in Melbourne and Greater Victoria between the 1950s and 1990s is more than just criminal — it’s downright disturbing. Melbourne was a paedophile hub around this time, especially within the Catholic Church. Hundreds of children were sexually abused by members of the Catholic Church or institutions run by the church throughout Victoria, concentrated heavily in Melbourne. 

Scores of predatory paedophiles in Melbourne trained at Corpus Christi College including Father Wilfred “Bill” Baker, Monsignor John Day and Father Kevin O’Donnell. It has been found that of 378 priests who graduated from Corpus Christi College between 1940 and 1966, 14 went on to be convicted for child sex offences and four others died before being convicted. It is clear that there is a culture of sin and sexual abuse within the walls of the college. 

Of course, not all paedophiles in Melbourne were Catholic priests. Child sexual abuse has also been rampant in schools, foster homes and youth detention centres like Turana Youth Training Centre, Winlaton Youth Training Centre and Baltara Reception Centre. Wherever there were vulnerable young children, paedophile offenders were hiding in the shadows waiting to strike. 

At Kelso Lawyers, our goal is to expose the crimes of paedophiles in Melbourne (see our Melbourne sex offenders list below) and give survivors the chance to seek justice. Our team is made up of some of the most experienced and successful child abuse lawyers in Australia — child abusers cannot hide from us.

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Where They Offended

Father Terry Pidito (Active 1970s – 1980s)



  • St Bede’s parish in Balwyn North


  • St Clare’s parish in Box Hill North


  • St John the Baptist parish in Clifton Hill


  • St Pius X parish in Heidelberg West


  • St Edmund’s parish in Croydon


  • St Patrick’s parish in Kilmore


  • Sacred Heart parish in Yea.



  • Marcellin College


  • Marist Brothers Assumption College.


Also involved in: 

  • Scouts Victoria


  • Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital.

Brother Edward Dowlan (Active 1960s – 1980s)



  • St Alipius Primary School in Ballarat East


  • St Thomas More College in Forest Hills


  • St Patrick’s College in Ballarat


  • Warrnambool Christian Brothers College


  • Chanel College in Geelong


  • St Augustine’s Boys’ Orphanage in Geelong


  • Parade College Preparatory School in Alphington


  • Cathedral College in East Melbourne


  • St Mary’s Technical School in Geelong
  • St Vincent’s Boys’ Orphanage in South Melbourne


  • Geelong Catholic Regional College 

Father Paul David Ryan (Active 1970s – 1990s)



  • St Columba’s parish in Ballarat North


  • The Ararat parish.



  • St Joseph’s College in Mildura


  • Ballarat Catholic School.

Father Anthony Bongiorno (Active 1980s)



  •  St Ambrose presbytery in Brunswick.

Father Paul Evans (Active 1970s and 1980s)



  • Rupertswood Salesian College in Melbourne.


Also involved in: 

  • Don Bosco Youth Club


  • Youth Off The Streets

Brother Robert Best (Active 1960s and 1970s)



  • St Alipius in Ballarat


  • St Leo’s in Box Hill


  • St Joseph’s in Geelong


  • St Bernard’s in Essendon.

Brother Paul Keaney (Active 1940s)


Involved in: 

  • St Vincent’s Orphanage in South Melbourne


Brother Rex Francis Elmer (Active 1970s)


Involved in: 

  • St Vincent’s Boys Home in South Melbourne

Father Desmond Gannon (Active 1950s – 1990s)



  • Glen Huntly


  • Carnegie


  • Alphington

  • Braybrook


  • Ashburton


  • St Kilda East


  • Kilmore


  • Macleod-Rosanna

Father Wilfred Baker (Active 1960s – 1990s)



  • Jordanville


  • Balaclava


  • Mordialloc


  • East Brighton


  • Doveton


  • Church of the Good Shepherd in Gladstone Park


  • Eltham


  • North Richmond

Monsignor John Day (Active 1920s – 1970s)



  • Colac


  •  Ararat


  • Horsham


  • Beech Forest


  • Apollo Bay


  • Mildura


  • Timboon.



  • St Joseph’s College in Mildura.

Father Kevin O’Donnell (Active 1940s – 1990s)



  • Parish of Hastings



  • Sacred Heart Primary School in Oakleigh


  • St Mary’s Primary School

Father Frank Klep (Active 1970s – 1980s)



  • Rupertswood Salesian College in Melbourne

Father Peter Searson (Active 1970s – 1990s)



  • Doveton Holy Family Parish


  • Our Lady of Carmel Sunbury Parish 

Paedophiles in Melbourne & Hotspots in Australia

While sex offenders in Melbourne make up an alarming percentage of Australian paedophiles, the problem of unchecked child abuse is widespread. Australia has been a hub of clergy sexual abuse since colonisation, with offenders operating across New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia and beyond. Our ever-growing sex offenders list in Melbourne isn’t even half of Australia’s problem with paedophiles. 

Discover Australia’s paedophile hotspots in the video above.

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