Alleged Junee paedophile accused of assaulting one child more than 300 times

POLICE have laid another round of child sex charges against an alleged Junee paedophile, who has since reportedly confessed to “thousands” of assaults.

Detectives from Strike Force Cornet at 10am on Thursday raided the home of the former Junee and Coolamon school teacher, who they believe is part of a wider paedophile ring.  

Police will allege the former industrial arts teacher raped one of his underage pupils more than 300 times. 

Investigators claim the 81-year-old man had sex with the boy, who was 11 at the time, every Thursday inside a school classroom for almost a year. 

Detective Inspector Darren Cloake revealed the alleged serial child molester tried to silence a number of his victims since his first arrest in September.  

He said detectives believe the man sexually abused more than 15 young boys between 1964 and 1992.

This excludes several of his suspected victims, who have since taken their own lives, allegedly as a consequence of the trauma.

The Daily Advertiser also understands one of the 81-year-old’s alleged victims is servicing a sentence in a Western Australia prison for murder. 

“We have evidence that the Junee man has tried to get in contact with victims in order to deter them from speaking to police,” he said. 

“The nature of the investigation has revealed that a number of his alleged victims have either moved away to escape or taken their own lives.

Inspector Cloake said that evidence collaborated so far “indicates the man was operating within a wider ring of paedophile activity”. 

“We understand that talking about these incidents has a tenancy to re-open old wounds but we’re appealing for additional information regarding any of these activities.”

He will be charged with three additional counts of indecent assault and buggery, on top of three current-standing buggery charges.  

The 81-year-old man was first arrested on September 13, when he was accused of raping a 12-year-old boy from Junee High School on a number of occasions. 

Police refused the former teacher bail, fearing he would again attempt to contact his victims. 

He will appear before Wagga Court on Friday. 

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