Jim McGinty

Jim McGinty

Attorney General; Minister for Health; Electoral Affairs

    Sex offender assets to be returned to WA community

    25/05/2008 12:00 AM
     

    The properties of eight sexual offenders and alleged sexual offenders have been frozen, with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions considering the confiscation of a further four properties.

     

    Attorney General Jim McGinty said properties owned by sex offenders and used in the sexual abuse of minors would be seized under the Criminal Confiscation Act.

     

    “We expect the eight properties to yield nearly $5million for the people of Western Australia,” Mr McGinty said.

     

    “The community is understandably outraged by these heinous crimes and is demanding tough penalties for these offenders.

     

    “We are hitting sex offenders, drug traffickers and other criminals and their estates in the hip pocket where it hurts. This means we can put more money back into the community through services and programs which help combat the damage caused by illegal activities.

     

    “Historically, funds seized under the Criminal Confiscation Act have mainly come from drug traffickers.  These actions against sex offenders send a clear message that the powerful Act allows us to target the assets of all other criminals.

     

    “One of the most high profile cases is the freezing of a Roleystone property, valued at up to $1.7million, where veterinary surgeon Marcel Christiaan-Rauch gave drugs including Ketamine to boys before sexually abusing them.  One boy died after taking drugs at the property.

     

    “Christiaan-Rauch committed suicide last year, just days before he was due in court on 53 paedophilia charges involving nine teenage boys.

     

    “The horrendous nature of this man’s actions has affected many families and it is appropriate that we take all the action possible to seize the property for the WA community.”

     

    The Attorney General said another case involved a man who cultivated a relationship with a 13-year-old girl online.

     

    He said the offender met the girl in his car, had sex with her in the house, showed her pornography at the house and indecently recorded her there. The man’s house has been frozen.

     

    Another was a teacher who had sexual relationships with some of his students over a period of about two years.  He initiated the relationships and had sexual intercourse with students at the school, the girls’ houses and at his house. The man’s house has been frozen.

     

    “One man and his girlfriend were charged with having contact with children on the internet and trying to procure sexual activity with them,” Mr McGinty said.

     

    “Police also found 669 images and 58 video clips of child pornography. The couple’s house has been frozen.

     

    “Another single case involved 93 offences including sexual penetration and indecent assault against a number of drunken young men who were picked up in Northbridge and taken to the offender’s Tuart Hill house. The man’s house has been frozen.”

     

    The Attorney General said the State Government would not tolerate the sexual abuse of young people or others and these confiscation proceedings put offenders or would-be offenders on notice that they could lose everything.

     

    He said so far this financial year, the Confiscations Team had been successful in having nearly $7million paid into the Confiscations Proceeds Account.

     

    This was expected to rise to a record of more than $10million by the end of the financial year.

     

    Mr McGinty said most of the money came from drug dealers, with the majority of it raised from seizure of real estate, vehicles and cash.

     

    Assets and properties were frozen when it was suspected that they had been used to commit crimes, they were gained through illegal activity, or if a person had unexplained wealth.

     

    If assets and property were confiscated, mortgages had to be paid out and only the convicted person’s share of the property was confiscated, provided that any other interested parties were innocent.

     

    The Attorney General said the Criminal Property Confiscation Grants Program was set up in 2003 to direct money and other assets obtained illegally by criminals back into the community in the form of grants.

     

    “We also aim to help victims of crime by making sure that the ill-gotten gains of criminals are directly used to assist those whose lives are impacted by crime,” he said.

     

    “More than $7.5million has been given out since the program began in 2003.”

     

    Attorney General's office - 9422 3000