May 03, 2005

Call for 'paedophile ring' inquiry

Herald Sun


A TASMANIAN lobby group for child sex abuse survivors has called for a state inquiry into claims a paedophile ring operated in Tasmania during the 1970s and 1980s.

The call came after former Anglican Archdeacon of Burnie, Louis Victor Daniels, 57, yesterday pleaded guilty to 13 counts of interfering with young boys between 1973 and 1993.

Daniels, now of Charnwood in Canberra, is expected to be sentenced later this week or early next week.

Steven Fisher, a spokesman for Tasmanian group Survivors Investigating Child Sex Abuse (SICSA), today said there was no doubt an organised paedophile ring operated in Tasmania in the 70s and 80s, involving members of the Anglican church and others.

He said the ring primarily operated in Tasmania and South Australia, but also extended to Queensland and Victoria.

Posted by kshaw at May 3, 2005 05:52 AM