What is Aggravated Sexual Touching and its Penalties?

  It is reported that in 1993, Father Ron Peters has allegedly indecently assaulted a fifteen-year-old boy at a Fairfield high school. The investigation into the alleged indecent assaults by the 61-year-old commenced last year after Fairfield Police received the complaints. The 61-year-old has been arrested, and later charged with 3 charges of aggravated indecent ...continue reading

What are the Penalties for Filming a Person Engaged in a Private Act?

  A 36-year-old man from Hong Kong has allegedly installed a camera in a deodorant stick. It is reported that the hidden camera was found in a shared bathroom of a Bondi Beach hostel. The hidden camera was only discovered, according to reports, by a French backpacker on Monday night, who had made the discovery ...continue reading

What are the Penalties for Possessing or Producing Child Abuse Material or Child Pornography?

  A 43-year-old man from NSW has been arrested and charged for a string of sexual offences reported to have been committed between 2011 to 2017. Dean Anthony Sellenthin from Bangalow, NSW is alleged to have committed some horrendous sexual offences, including the possession and production of child abuse material, indecent assault of a disabled ...continue reading

What are the Penalties for Committing a Sexual Assault while in a Position of Authority?

  It is reported that a 43-year-old senior police officer was arrested and charged on Wednesday 27 February this year for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in Sydney. It is alleged that between July and August of 2013, the senior constable officer was on duty at the time he allegedly sexually assaulted the women in ...continue reading

Doctor Fined for Unprofessional Conduct Following Vaginal Examination of Patient

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   “Yes, I do like sex, but I am not interested in any relationship.” These were the words allegedly uttered from gynaecologist, Dr Bhupendra Khara, following a vaginal examination of a patient in 2016, along with, allegedly, an invitation to have dinner at his home. It is reported that ...continue reading

What is the Law and Penalties for Sexual Touching in NSW?

  Nature of the Allegations McLachlan is accused of allegedly indecently assaulting Christie Whelan Browne, a leading musical performer who played a leading role in the Rocky Horror Tour in 2014. Browne alleges that while on tour, McLachlan has touched her inappropriately while on stage as they were performing a sex scene under a bed ...continue reading

Sexual Assault Laws in NSW

  On Thursday 10 January 2019, a NSW police officer was arrested and charged for allegedly sexually assaulting someone inside an inner-western Sydney home last year in September. The NSW police professional standards command had commenced investigations into this late last year. It is reported that the police officer charged in this was employed in ...continue reading

The Law and Penalties for Aggravated Sexual Assault in Company

  27-year-old Jack De Belin, a St George Illawarra rugby league player and friend, Callan Sinclair have both now been charged with aggravated sexual assault in company offences. About 6-days ago, Jack De Belin attended the Wollongong police station where he was charged. On Monday, his friend, Sinclair was subsequently visited and arrested at a ...continue reading

Penalties for Persistent Sexual Abuse of Children Offences in NSW

  In an effort to place the safety of our children first, the laws are required to be updated as we gain more insight into community expectations and needs. Attorney-General Mark Speakman has outlined some of the new laws to be introduced into NSW to protect our children. It is reported that there is force ...continue reading

The Law on the Honest and Reasonable Mistake of Fact Defence

  Before outlining the honest and reasonable mistake of fact defence, it is important to get a general understanding of ‘absolute liability offences’ and ‘strict liability offences’. Absolute Liability Offences An absolute liability offence is any offence which there is no requirement to have a guilty mind (‘mens rea’) at the time of committing the ...continue reading

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