South Australian police have identified child abuse victims in Adelaide, New South Wales and Italy after analysing electronic devices seized from an accused paedophile, a court has heard.
- Jadd William Brooker is charged with 44 child sex offences
- Three victims were identified following examination of Brooker’s electronic devices
- The accused paedophile was earlier given home detention bail, which was overturned on appeal
Jadd William Brooker, 38, was earlier granted home detention bail by Magistrate Rodney Oates but the Director of Public Prosecutions appealed that decision to the Supreme Court.
Justice Sam Doyle today refused to release him.
He said the alleged offending was “extremely serious”, with one investigating officer describing it as the “worst and most degrading witnessed in 14 years of investigation”.
Prosecutor Lucy Boord told the court that police today increased his charges from eight to 44 child sex offences after investigators started to analyse his phone, laptop and a hard drive after seizing them on August 26.
“We are in the very early stages of the investigation in this matter and each day sees police uncover further information,” she said.
She said only 30 per cent of one messaging app and part of another had been analysed and so far police had identified three child abuse victims.
The court heard one was a 15-year-old boy from New South Wales and another was a boy from Adelaide, who has since died.
Ms Boord told the court that the third identified child was a 16-year-old boy from Italy and that there were up to nine further potential unidentified victims.
“Those discoveries of those three known children have been made whilst there has been, what I’ll call, a cursory search of two of the accused’s messaging apps, which is Skype and Telegram,” she said.
She told the court that police still had to analyse 50,000 messages across nine messaging apps, including iMessage, Kik, WhatsApp and Instagram.
Boy being tested for HIV
The court heard that Mr Brooker — who is HIV positive — was also recorded having a conversation with a “like-minded individual” about his desire to infect children with HIV.
Ms Boord said the accused allegedly engaged in filmed sexual activities with the New South Wales boy, who was now being tested for HIV.
“This is no idle bragging between people over the internet — there is evidence that this has actually occurred.”
Tim Clarke, for Mr Brooker, told the court that his client was not a flight risk because he had ties in South Australia and had the support of his grandparents and mother.
“It’s serious offending, [but] it’s not the most serious in the sense that bail has been granted for allegations as serious as murder,” he said.
Mr Clarke said Magistrate Oates appropriately granted bail on the presumption of innocence and presumption in favour of bail.
He told the court that Mr Brooker’s online presence could be controlled by police while on home detention bail.
Justice Doyle accepted that there was a “degree of emotion” involved in the way police and prosecutors outlined their case, but said the “bare descriptions” were enough to demonstrate the seriousness of offending.
Mr Brooker was remanded to appear again before the court in April 2021.