On Friday, an Australian court sentenced Geoffrey William Moyle, who sexually assaulted multiple children while filming the acts, to eight years and nine months in prison.
Going to prison: Moyle, 48, from Adelaide, Australia, pleaded guilty to sexually abusing Cambodian children aged 10 to 12 while allegedly working as a foreign aid worker for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, according to ABC Australia. The DFAT refuted the claim in January 2020.
- The perpetrator was also charged for possessing child exploitation material in Australia during his arrest in June 2019 and was sentenced to nine months in prison. The charge carries a maximum of 14 years imprisonment, Armstrong Legal explained.
- Moyle’s Commonwealth sentence of eight years and nine months, which also came with a non-parole period of four years and six months, began after his initial sentencing in 2019. He will be eligible for parole in 2024.
- “He feels remorseful for his actions and takes responsibility for them,” Judge Paul Cuthbertson said at Moyle’s sentencing. He described the man as a “loving father, son and husband” who is at low risk of reoffending.
- “Over a period of approximately two to three years, the offender was involved in the most vile sexual activity against children of the age of about 10 to 12 years old,” the judge added. “He must have known the children he sexually assaulted will be exploited, that this activity towards them will likely wreck their lives and their futures.”
- On Friday, Australian Federal Police (AFP) Detective Superintendent Gail McClure said authorities are working relentlessly in their effort to catch sexual perpetrators and bring them to justice.
- “I’d like to issue a warning to any other individual who would seek to prey upon vulnerable children: the AFP and its partners will come for you, no matter when the abuse occurred and no matter where you are in the world,” McClure said. “There’s nowhere for you to hide.”
Arrest details: Moyle, who went by the online moniker “Waka,” had led international authorities on a 20-year manhunt, Daily Mail reported. He was reportedly one of the first people to film and share their child sexual abuse videos online.
- The AFP began their investigation after he expressed an interest for Asian girls on a child abuse website in 2019. Authorities later found that the suspect was also being sought by the Cambodian police and U.S. Homeland Security.
- Police were able to identify Moyle after scouring through countless pictures and videos of sexual abuse. Investigators also raided his parents’ house, where they found a watch and a pair of shoes similar to the ones seen his videos, in which his face is never shown.
- Authorities identified three and found one of the six victims. Investigators believe the victims were girls held in a Cambodian brothel.
- The victim reportedly demanded 84,000 Australian dollars ($61,367) as compensation through the Australian courts. According to The Guardian, this was the first time a child sexual assault victim living outside Australia sought compensation.
- Moyle has allegedly been praised by other pedophiles for being the man who “wrote the Bible on child abuse,” according to The Advertiser.
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