Monday, March 06, 2006

Pedophile On Beach Surf Patrol

Brisbane, AU -- A convicted child sex offender patrolled a Gold Coast beach as a volunteer surf lifesaver for two years while waiting to be sentenced in court. Surf Life Saving Queensland yesterday confirmed Brisbane teacher Warren David Schneider, 37, who was jailed on last Friday, had been a member of the Broadbeach club for several years and engaged in general weekend patrol duties.

Schneider pleaded guilty in the Brisbane district Court on Friday to seven counts of indecently dealing with a child under 16 years, under care, and was sentenced to 15 months jail to be suspended after serving five months.

The offences occurred in October 2002. Schneider was suspended form the Redeemer Lutheran College in March 2004 shortly before the police investigation began, but he maintained involvement with SLSQ until his final court appearance last week. SLSQ executive manager John Brennan said Schneider was permanently expelled form the organization as soon as they became aware of the mater on Friday. He also said no complaints had ever been received by the organization about Schneider.

Court documents reveal Schneider, a father of two, had been the subject of previous complains at two schools and had been referred to counseling - he completed a session only days before attending a school camp where some of the most recent offences happened. In a psychologist's report, Schneider said he had engaged in personal talk of suggestive nature with female students throughout his career.

Victim impact statements revealed the offences had significant impact on each of the girls, their parents and their schooling. The families have launched civil action against Schneider and the school.

Source: The Courier Mall

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