Crossbench senator Derryn Hinch has used the legal protection of the Senate to name a paedophile policeman who sexually brutalised nine children during his 12 years in the force.
The Victorian policeman was jailed for 19 years with a minimum of 15 last year, for raping and abusing nine children over a 16-year span.
The former shock jock uses his first parliamentary speech to argue for a publicly accessible register of convicted sex offenders.
Despite being handed one of the state’s longest sentences for sexual offences in history, the former policeman has never been named.
Fairfax Media has chosen not to identify the former officer at this time as it is believed a judicial suppression of his victims’ identities is still in place.
This is despite pleas from a number of his victims who say they want to share publicly their stories of horrific abuse at the hands of the convicted paedophile, in the hope other survivors will come forward.
“I am going to tell you a horror story tonight,” Senator Hinch said in Parliament on Tuesday evening.
“About a five-year-old girl … Raped almost daily.
“When this child rapist was sentenced, the County Court judge suppressed his name supposedly to protect the identity of his victims.”
“Even though three of his victims asked the court to name him because they believed more victims would come forward if they knew it was him and he was behind bars.”
“The community deserves to know the name of the man accurately described as ‘a monster’.”
Senator Hinch went on to detail the man’s abhorrent crimes, including how he assaulted another child in a room at a police station, and sexually abused another little girl who had lost her mother at a carnival in the back of a police divisional van.
The County Court heard last year Victoria Police failed to act on complaints about the policeman and instead the organisation forced the officer to resign in 1979.
Senator Hinch said the man then went on another reign of terror, sexually assaulting and raping children for at least another four years in New South Wales.
The man, now 67, worked as a police officer between 1967 and 1979, during which time he preyed on boys and girls, often in his uniform and under the pretext of police duties.
One of his victims told Fairfax Media she was just five years old when he held a police revolver to her temple and raped her.
The sexual abuse continued until she was 15.
“Some nights I would just pray I wouldn’t wake up in the morning … that somehow my heart would just stop beating,” she said.
The victim said under Victoria’s Judicial Proceedings Reports Act, her abuser could not be named throughout the County Court case last year.
The act suppresses the name of an accused, if it could lead to indirect identification of a victim.
However, the victim said she wanted the convicted paedophile “named and shamed” so he was held accountable for his crimes.
“I want to be identified, I want my story told, but the court has prevented that from happening,” the victim said.
“I found the [court] process re-traumatising … I had fought for so long for justice and I felt protecting his name in court was protecting him and his reputation from what he had done … it wasn’t protecting us.”
“Standing up in court, looking him in the eye, and reading my victim impact statement was the most rewarding and empowering thing I have ever done in my life.”
“I told him: ‘You can’t hurt anyone anymore, you won’t be able to touch another kid for as long as you live’.”
The woman was one of a number of the man’s victims who flew to Canberra to watch Senator Hinch deliver his speech in Parliament.
“To have his name out there for the horrific things he did to me and others is closure for me,” she said.
It is not the first time Senator Hinch has used parliamentary privilege to name and shame convicted child sex offenders.
Senator Hinch, who recently succeeded in securing government support to tear up paedophiles’ passports, is also lobbying for a national child sex offender register.