Child rapist and former Newcastle teacher Edward Smith Hall, has been found guilty of 21 child sex charges.

Child rapist and former Newcastle teacher Edward Smith Hall, has been found guilty of 21 child sex charges.

A former Newcastle and Sydney school teacher has spent his first night in jail after being found guilty of 21 child sexual abuse offences. Edward Smith Hall, 68, known as Ted Hall, pleaded not guilty to 31 sexual and indecent assault offences. He was found guilty on all but 10 of those offences.

The 11 complainants were students at St Pius X High School in the Newcastle suburb of Adamstown where Mr Hall was a maths, history and geography teacher. All but 3 of those boys were found to be telling the truth. Those 3 may have been disadvantaged by a fire at the school that destroyed a lot of evidence.

The boys were abused at school, in Mr Hall’s unit, in the surf and on trips away. Mr Hall, an ex-army sergeant, went on to teach at Newington College and Trinity Grammar in Sydney.

Last Friday the judge-only trial presided over by Newcastle District Court Judge Tim Gartelmann, delivered a marathon judgement lasting six hours. He found not guilty charges in relation to three boys, saying evidence available to him could not support the charges. However it was not clear if the evidence was or was not lost in the fire that took a lot of the school’s records back in 2012 and 2016.

One boy, known to the court as PM, said he was abused several times on trips away, as well as in Mr Hall’s Merewether unit. The boy said he was at the unit to help Hall move his belongings to another apartment.

At this point we feel we need to mention (and we are by no means blaming the victim here) that there is never an acceptable excuse for a teacher to invite students to their home. No teacher who is above board would ever invite a student to their own residence, whether it be a private home or rooms on the school grounds, because the fact is it’s simply not needed and can only end badly. If your child’s teacher is inviting your child to their home that should be setting off alarm bells and the principal needs to be informed immediately, as I can 100% guarantee that the school has a policy directly against that !

Judge Gartelmann said that “the words struck me as being consistent with what one might expect to be such an escalation of the conduct between them”. “He told his mother he never wanted to return to him again.

“When giving her evidence, I vividly recalled her shock and I felt PM’s evidence was wholly convincing.”

The judge also spoke about the truthfulness of another boy, DK. DK told the court he originally admired Hall as he had befriended him and encouraged him in his rugby pursuits

But DK said that all changed when Hall raped him in 1984.
“I was lying on my stomach, I felt smothered, I couldn’t move,” he said. When DK managed to break free, the court heard Hall told him not to talk or he would tell everyone he was a “poofter”. He also threatened to kill his parents. DK ran away and went to a toilet to clean himself up.

This is absolutely stereotypical of pathetic cowardly child rapists like Hall ! They threaten to kill the child’s family if they talk and they even threaten to shame the child for something THEY DID ! Absolutely pathetic and abhorrent behaviour. I also note there are no charges for the threats to kill on his charges listing.
Police prosecutors… why not ?

The court heard he ran into Hall a decade later and had broken down while telling his flatmate about what had happened. Hall then ran into DK again at his workplace. A colleague told the court about DK being frantic and distressed, before telling her Hall had abused him.

“This was all utterly convincing evidence,” Judge Gartelmann said.
Of course it was your honour, it was the truth.

The court heard Hall told another boy, RD, that he was a practising nudist when he took the juvenile on a trip to the Barrington Tops. “He said he was a practising nudist and said, ‘I am getting my gear off, do you want to get your gear off too’?” RD told the court. Hall then put sunscreen lotion on the boy and asked the boy to put it on him. RD then asked to be driven home.

Several years later RD told his wife about Hall, and in 2004 went to the Catholic Education office to complain, only to be told that Hall was dead. He said when he saw Hall in the media after being charged in 2016 he was shocked. “I saw a news article and contacted police that day,” he said. “When I saw him you could have blown me over with a feather,” he said.

This behaviour is sadly not unheard of from the Catholic church, to lie about their priests and teachers to protect the name and assets of the church. Perhaps it was a mistake or perhaps It was easier to tell RD that the teacher in question was dead than to fill out the paper work and make reparations. This was back in 2004, we hope the same ‘mistake’ would not be made today.

Hall’s second last victim, DG, was assaulted in 1985 and 1986. The court heard he shared the common interest of rugby league with Hall. Once the abuse started, DG told the court Hall would assure him that “it is not gay, it is normal”. But DG said he was confused after Hall later approached him and apologised, blaming alcohol and medication for his actions. Hall denied he ever apologised or ever abused him.The judge disagreed.

Good on the judge ! It seems getting a judge only trial backfired bigtime didn’t it Mr Hall, this judge saw right through your rubbish and lies !

The court also heard the boy’s mother complained to police in 1986, but they did nothing.”We went to Hamilton to see detectives and gave a statement that took most of the morning, but police got a call for urgent assistance and they said they’d be in touch, but we did not hear back from them,” DG’s mother told the ABC. “The police did not seem very interested.”

“The police made hand-written notes but nothing was signed, the police terminated the interview and we did not hear from them again, there was no investigation.”

The Newcastle District Court gallery was packed for the judgement. As each count was dealt with they held hands, took deep breaths and watched intently. As the series of guilty verdicts were read out, there was an audible gasp. When Judge Gartelmann, gave the tally of 21 guilty verdicts, there was spontaneous applause. Hall’s bail was revoked and, as the sheriffs took him by the arms, people yelled out.

“Bye, bye, Teddy. Off you go. See you Teddy. Bye, bye rock spider”

Hall zipped up his travel bag, put his glasses into a case and showed no emotion as he was led away.
He will be sentenced on December 13.

We at FACAA would like to see him spend the rest of his life behind bars, considering he is being sentenced for 8 children and a total of 21 guilty verdicts !

We think that is a reasonable sentence, however we also know and are fully aware that we are being rather optimistic. He will more than likely get less than a year per child. We hope we are proven very wrong in this case but we won’t be holding our breath.

Edward Smith Hall, you took the trust placed in you by parents, the school and your students and you betrayed it in the worst possible manner ! It is pathetic scumbags like you who have forever tarnished the name of male teachers and you have contributed to many young men not wanting to teach because people simply do not trust them in positions of power over children !

We hope you cop at least 25 years !
It should be life, without the possibility of parole for what you have done to these children !

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One source for this story was http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-06/teacher-found-guilty-of-sexual-abuse/10345956

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