conviction in Australia (new sex tourism law)

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From: Jeffrey D. Ballinger (jeffreyd@mindspring.com)
Date: Fri May 28 1999 - 09:15:49 EDT


Dear friends:

Good report on BBC this a.m., including interview with Save the Children
official (talking abut U.K.-supported training program in the Philippines).

Jeff B.

> AAP NEWSFEED
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> May 26, 1999, Wednesday
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>SECTION: Nationwide General News; Australian General News
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>LENGTH: 340 words
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>HEADLINE: WA: WA tourist guilty of 24 overseas child sex charges
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>BODY:
>LEE PERTH, May 26 AAP - A 45-year-old West Australian man was today
>found guilty of child sex offences committed while on holiday in Cambodia after
>an unusual trial where photographs were used as the key prosecution evidence.
>
>After a day-and-a-half of deliberation, the County Court Jury found John Arthur
>Lee, formerly of Karratha, guilty of one count of having sexual intercourse
with
> a
>girl aged under 16 and eight of indecently dealing with underage girls.
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>He was also found guilty of one count of displaying child pornography and 14 of
>possessing child pornography.
>
>Lee, who pleaded not guilty to all the charges, was found not guilty of three
>other possession of child pornography charges.
>
>Commonwealth Prosecutor Stephen Hall used photographs and testimonies from
>forensic experts in the crown case against Lee - the first Australian case
to go
> to
>trial under new federal sex tourism laws.
>
>Lee committed the offences at the Chhay Hour hotel while on holiday in the
>Cambodian Capital of Phnom Penh in early 1997, the trial heard.
>
>Mr Hall said the Lee was involved in and organised the taking of sexually
>explicit photos of young girls procured by a taxi driver.
>
>Lee smuggled the photographs back into Australia hidden between tourist
snaps in
> two photo albums.
>
>While working as a boilermaker at South Hedland he showed 20 or 30 of the
>sexually explicit photos to a workmate who commented that the females appeared
>"a
>bit young".
>
>The photographs, which were later seized by police from Lee's Karratha home,
>were central to the crown case after Australian Federal Police failed to find
>any of
>the victims in Cambodia.
>
>Although Lee's face was not shown in any of the photos, Mr Hall called a
>forensic pathologist to identify Lee by skin pigment, freckles and
markings, and
> body hair
>and muscle definition.
>
>A paediatric expert called to identify the age of the girls in the photos said
>one could be as young as 11.
>
>Judge Peter Williams will sentence Lee on Friday.
>
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