Victim of notorious paedophile caught with child abuse material
A victim of notorious paedophile Kevin Lynch has been sentenced over disturbing child abuse images that a court heard he had photoshopped a picture of his penis on to.
The 42-year-old man was struggling with mental health issues and drug addiction when police searched his home at Murrumba Downs in July 2018 after a tip-off from software company Adobe, the Brisbane District Court heard.
Police found the father had uploaded 39 images of naked and underdressed girls aged seven to 10 in sexualised poses.
He had superimposed his penis into the photos, to make it look as if he was penetrating the children.
Barrister Nicholas Brown said his client was a “very sick man” and when he was caught had told police he had “artificial intelligence” inside his body controlling his thoughts.
Mr Brown said the Moreton Bay father had been a promising student when he was abused by Lynch, who worked as a school counsellor at St Paul’s Anglican College between 1989 and 1997.
The 2017 Royal Commission report found Lynch had sexually abused dozens of boys while at St Paul’s and earlier as a teacher and counsellor at Brisbane Grammar School.
Lynch killed himself in 1997, the day after he was charged with child sexual offences.
Judge Orazio Rinaudo said it was a “tragedy” that the Moreton Bay father had been the victim of abuse.
“But having regard to that, one would hope that you’d have some insight into a … situation where you in any way caused someone else to be abused,” he said.
The man pleaded guilty to making and possessing child exploitation material.
Judge Rinaudo sentenced him to 12 months’ jail wholly suspended and ordered him to serve two years on probation.
He is not the first of Lynch’s victims to find themselves on the wrong side of the law.
In November last year, another man who gave evidence during a commission into Lynch’s offending at Brisbane Grammar School was fined $750 after he pleaded guilty to four domestic violence offences.
The Rockhampton man’s lawyer Matthew Messenger said it was only recently that he had suffered problems from Lynch’s abuse causing him to become aggressive towards his parents, who were in their 80s.
Bravehearts founder Hetty Johnston said a much higher percentage of people in prison had been sexually offended against as children.
But Ms Johnston said any suggestion that victims of sexual offending were more likely to commit sexual offences was “fallacy”.
She said it was not a cycle of abuse, but trauma.
“One cycle of trauma doesn’t necessarily lead someone to commit the same type of trauma on others,” she said.
“You cannot predict how it will impact people who have been sexually offended against.”
*For 24-hour support phone Queensland’s DVConnect on 1800 811 811 or MensLine on 1800 600 636, NSW’s Domestic Violence Line on 1800 656 463 or the national hotline 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732).
* If your child or someone you know has disclosed, you can also contact Bravehearts on 1800 272 831.
Originally published as Victim of notorious paedophile caught with child abuse material