Disgraced Church of England Boys' Society leader Victor Madeley pleads guilty to 22 historic sex offences

HE WAS once a pillar of the community, but no-one who once looked up to Victor Madeley when he ran a church boys group in the Riverina was in court for him on Tuesday when he was arraigned on more than 20 sex offences against youngsters.

The public gallery in Wagga District Court was empty bar a reporter from The Daily Advertiser to hear Madeley, now in his 80s, reply “guilty” when asked 22 times by the judge’s associate how he pleaded to each charge.

Included on the indictment were seven new charges laid since Madeley on December 2 admitted to 15 offences against five boys in a town that cannot be named by court order to protect the victims’ identities.

Madeley has been in custody since December 2.

The new charges are three counts of sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old boy without his consent and four counts of indecently assaulting him. Those crimes occurred between December 1, 1984, and March 3, 1985, in another Riverina town that also cannot be named.

The earlier charges include one count of buggery, 11 counts of indecent assault and four counts of procuring an act of indecency in the 1970s.

Before Madeley was brought into the dock on Tuesday, his solicitor, David Barron, told Judge Jennifer English he had been through the amended indictment and facts with the accused man.

Madeley accosted the boys, all aged under 16, when he was a Church of England Boys Society leader.

He was not a member of the clergy. The Anglican Church has publicly apologised to Madeley’s victims.

After Madeley was arraigned, Crown solicitor Virginia Morgan handed up the agreed facts to Judge English and asked that a pre-sentence report be prepared.

Judge English adjourned the case until July 24 for Madeley to be sentenced by Judge Gordon Lerve when he takes up his Wagga District Court full-time appointment.

“He (Madeley) remains bail refused, you can take him downstairs,” Judge English told Corrective Services officers.