May 26, 2005

Guilty plea to boys sex

The Mercury

A FORMER caretaker of a church camp yesterday pleaded guilty to sexually abusing four brothers from a family he befriended about 30 years ago.

The Supreme Court in Hobart heard that Philip Davies Sims, 53, sexually abused the boys, including twins, between 1978 and 1986. Each boy was abused over a period of between 12 and 24 months.

Prosecutor Mike Stoddart said the abuse happened when the boys stayed with Sims at the Uniting Church camp caretaker's house at Seven Mile Beach.

"I submit his behaviour has been a most severe breach of trust given his position in the church and the trust invested in him by the [boys'] family," Mr Stoddart said.

Sims, of Seven Mile Beach Rd, Seven Mile Beach, pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent assault and three counts of maintaining a sexual relationship with a young person under the age of 17.

Posted by kshaw at May 26, 2005 11:13 AM