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Justice catches up with pedophile

May 28th, 2011 Australia



WHEN Andrew Dean McIntosh was released from prison in 1990 after serving two years for indecently assaulting a nine-year-old boy, the parole judge said that, “if properly handled”, the pedophile “will be an excellent subject for rehabilitation and will not offend again”.


 

As of yesterday, McIntosh has twice as may child sex convictions as one of the country’s worst pedophiles, Robert “Dolly” Dunn.

McIntosh, 53, was found guilty yesterday in the NSW District Court in Sydney of 18 charges of buggery, indecent assault and common assault committed against three boys between 1979 and 1984 in Inverell, in northwest NSW.

What the jury had not been told during the six-week trial, judge Michael Finnane said, was that McIntosh had been convicted last year of 24 counts of sexually and indecently assaulting Barker College student Sascha Chandler, when he was the school’s volunteer cadet master in the early 1990s.

Judge Finnane also told the jury that McIntosh was convicted in 1988 of five charges of indecently assaulting a nine-year-old boy in Grafton between 1985 and 1986.

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Judge Finnane also oversaw the Chandler trial and withheld sentencing on that matter, so that all 42 convictions could be considered together. A pre-sentencing hearing will be held on July 18.

In 1988, McIntosh was sentenced to a minimum of two years in jail for the five Grafton convictions.

Two reports – one a pre-sentence report by the Probation and Parole Service and a report by psychiatrist Jonathan Phillips – led judge Chris Maxwell to the conclusion that “if properly handled” McIntosh “will be an excellent subject for rehabilitation and will not offend again.”

But in 1991, soon after his release on parole, McIntosh began working as a volunteer cadet master at Barker and was taking groups of students on camping trips. Chandler, 16 at the time, suffered routine sexual and physical abuse at the hands of McIntosh from April 1991 to January 1992.

The school was unaware of McIntosh’s prior convictions. It was only in 2006, when Chandler went to police in Sydney, that McIntosh’s name hit the radar of detectives in Inverell.

Senior Constable Andrew Fraser began investigating and uncovered an anonymous complaint by a sister of a victim known as SM.

SM’s abuse included repeated buggery and indecent assault over two years, but like other victims MP and IM he kept his painful secret until 2006, when he was approached by police.

“I thought if he is doing to someone else what he did to me, that has to stop,” SM told The Weekend Australian.

“I couldn’t let that happen – I would lie awake every night thinking about this shit.”

SM’s statement led Senior Constable Fraser to MP and IM, who were also ready to confront their childhood tormentor almost 30 years after being abused.

Senior Constable Fraser said McIntosh had escaped justice for so long because of the fear he had instilled in his victims and his ability to blend in.

“McIntosh demonstrates an evil that has been refined and developed to the point that it’s a craft,” he said.

“I think part of the reason why he has been able to get away with it for so long, is that he is a chameleon and is able to blend in to different environments.”

 

Senior Constable Fraser was happy with yesterday’s outcome, but believes the story hasn’t ended yet. “I believe there are more victims out there.”