Geoffrey Moyle has pleaded guilty to 10 counts of abusing children in Cambodia and 2 counts of making and distributing child exploitation material.
Moyle from Adelaide has admitted to sexually abusing children in Cambodia over a 3 year period and then coming back to Australia to distribute the child exploitation material he made of his crimes in Cambodia.
Geoffrey William Moyle, 46, of Westbourne Park, yesterday appeared in Adelaide Magistrates Court, where a suppression on his identity was finally lifted. Moyle has pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual intercourse with a child under 16 outside Australia and four counts of committing an indecent act with a child under 16 outside Australia.
The offences happened while Moyle was working in Cambodia between 2002 and 2005. Moyle further pleaded guilty to one aggravated count of possessing child exploitation material and one basic count of possessing child exploitation material.
He came to the attention of QLD police who spotted an Adelaide based IP address posting the horrendous crime scene videos and images on an image hosting website. Moyle was then arrested and was released on bail but arrested again when his Cambodian offending was uncovered.
Moyle was remanded in custody and will face the District Court for submissions at a later date. At least he isn’t on the streets.
Following his guilty pleas Moyle sought to stop a suppression order on his identity being lifted. He argued media reports of his identity would lead to “undue hardship” for his two young children, who were not the subject of any charges.
His lawyer provided the Adelaide Magistrates Court with two letters — one from a school psychologist and another from the children’s grandparents — which explained the impact the publication of Moyle’s crimes would have on them.
“The children are of a very tender age,” he said.
He said they were already dealing with the “sudden absence of their father”, who has been in custody since his arrest.
But Commonwealth prosecutor John Clover opposed the application, saying there was “no proper basis” for the suppression order to remain in place. He said Moyle had not successfully proved that there were “special circumstances” to allow the suppression order to stand.
“It’s a particularly high bar, especially when guilt has been conceded,” he said.
Mr Clover told the court it was an “extraordinary proposition” that Moyle should be shielded from the public when he had admitted his crimes. He said, in fact, there was a “compelling reason” for Moyle to be identified; because he would have come into contact with children in the community and their parents had a right to know of his crimes.
“There is a significant public interest in the parents of those children being made fully aware of the defendant’s identity,” he said.
The suppression order was also opposed by the media, which stated Moyle had not met the test of “special circumstances” to be afforded anonymity during the sentencing process. Magistrate Greg Fisher agreed and lifted the suppression order.
Thank you Magistrate Greg Fisher for realising that child abusers are dangerous and we the public need to know who they are! We know child abusers are low but trying to shield yourself and your identity behind your children is surely a new low.
We always feel greatly for the children and families of abusers, they are innocents who are suffering because of the actions of another. Our thoughts are with them all.
Sadly, we have to share these stories because the chance that other children have been harmed and are suffering silently, is just too great.
Parents whose children have been in touch with predators like Moyle, deserve to know of their crimes, so they can monitor their children, and make sure they too were not victims.