May 03, 2005

Calls for immediate probe


By Sue Bailey
May 04, 2005

A CALL for an inquiry into an evil pedophile ring operating in Tasmania for more than 20 years is gathering momentum.

Lobby group Survivors Investigating Child Sex Abuse renewed the call yesterday after former Anglican archdeacon Louis Daniels pleaded guilty to 13 counts of interfering with young boys between 1973 and 1993.

SICSA spokesman Steve Fisher said there was compelling evidence that an organised pedophile ring operated in Tasmania in the 1970s and 1980s.

"We know that boys were taken to parties and there were sometimes priests, doctors and even MPs there," Mr Fisher said.

While it operated largely in Tasmania, Mr Fisher said it also involved the abuse of boys in South Australia, Victoria and Queensland.

He referred to evidence in Daniels' hearing that a Brisbane boy travelled to Tasmania during his holidays and stayed with Daniels for several weeks.

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