KIDS AT RISK: Fairfax newspaper promotes pedophile's toy lure scheme

fairfaxpedophileKids in Sunbury, in Melbourne’s North-West, have been put at risk because of a lack of professionalism and research by a Fairfax journalist.

Yesterday’s Sunday Herald Sun told a worrying tale of a convicted pedophile luring new child targets with hand-made toys.

Their ace crime reporter Liam Houlihan reported on local concern about the pedophile, who was lavishly promoted in the local Fairfax press as a kindly old gent wishing to do good in the world by making free toys for kiddies.

A picture tells a thousand words. The pictures of the offending articles shows that the “Sunbury Weekly” – a Fairfax media giveaway – gave Ron Fisher a full front-page photo splash and related puff-piece article that almost read like an advertorial. It’s enough to send a shiver down the spine of any parent in the area.

The pedophile Fisher told the naïve and negligently lazy Fairfax journalist: “I get lots of pleasure from it.”

Written by young local newspaper scribe, Charlotte Cullum Jenkins, the article is chilling when you consider the child sex abuses of which the man has been convicted.

Cullum-Jenkins appears not to have done any research prior to filing the story and had not asked around Sunbury about Fisher. VEXNEWS understands that Fisher’s record is well-known in the ranks of civic leadership in the town.

The pedophile Fisher told the naïve journalist:

“I get lots of pleasure from it.”

An admission that might concern many parents and law enforcement officials in Sunbury.

charlottecullumjenkinsThe enthusiastic Sunbury Weekly reported:

“Lining the front of his house are six rocking horses, painted and ready for Christmas.”

It ominously discloses that he has made 1000 toys in nine years, unwittingly revealing a massive number of victims of Fisher’s dastardly deeds.

The Sunday Herald Sun also reported that Fisher lives close to a community centre attended by special needs kids.

A quick search in publicly available databases would have told Ms Cullum-Jenkins:

Herald Sun, Edition 1

FRI 30 AUG 1996, Page 010


By: RUSSELL COULSONA FORMER Sunbury councillor who took underprivileged children on a Gold Coast holiday in 1977 was yesterday jailed for 51/2 years for molesting them.
Ronald James Fisher was praised in a local newspaper at the time for his “generosity and thoughtfulness” in taking six boys from two families on an all-expenses paid trip.
But prosecutor Ray Gibson told the County Court Fisher had abused at least one of the boys on the holiday and had previously molested him, his brother and another of the boys.
The trial, before Judge Mervyn Kimm, heard Fisher, who was not a councillor at the time, recruited his victims at camps for poor children at Frankston.
Fisher, now 62, of Sunbury, was found guilty of buggery, two counts of attempted buggery, and three counts of indecent assault against the three boys between 1974 and 1977.
He was was acquitted of another count of gross indecency.

The Sunbury Weekly’s article was published in November. The Sunday Herald Sun brought this to the public attention in early January. It’s very disturbing to contemplate the potential damage done to kids as a result of one newspaper’s carelessness and unprofessionalism.




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25 responses to “KIDS AT RISK: Fairfax newspaper promotes pedophile's toy lure scheme

  1. Tandy Saggert

    A naive journalist? Quick, sign her up, she’d be perfect for your investiagtion unit!!

  2. Boofa Leigh

    Hey Charlotte where have you been all my life?

  3. Adam Bandt

    I like making toys for little boys.

  4. Steve Sensible

    What will Media Watch do if you run all their good stories before they come back from their break?

  5. anon

    The sort of journalism you expect from Fairfax. A little investigation may have saved many children. Congratulations Vexnews on this scoop.

  6. Adrian Jackson

    Why don’t parents out in Sunbury make the kid toys instead of a stranger? Phobably to busy at the pokies

  7. Charge Them.

    Fairfax and this journalist should be put up on charges of child endangerment.

  8. anon

    Isn’t Ron Fisher, Ted Bailleau’s Uncle?

  9. The Screw

    Yes Charge Them,

    They can then go in the new Sunbury prison that the Libs continue to deny

  10. Adrian Jackson

    Is Ron Fisher related to the Broadway sensation Dudu Fisher?

  11. Boof Watch

    Hey Boofa what about the Wench you low life….

  12. Anonymous

    she is as bright as midnight that one
    Liberal leaning stooge who was shipped down there because of lack of talent

  13. Ollie

    Boofa, can I interest you with a tryst in Poowong.

  14. Cardinal Pell

    Ron has the same ‘interests’ as myself and Brother Abbott.

  15. RDR

    Does Charlotte have a teenage daughter?

  16. The Pynester

    I learned my toy-craft as a young boy from an admiring mentor just like Mr Fisher. Now i make my own wooden horses that young boys like to ride. I call them “woodies” and they appear many times every day

  17. Pissy Chryne

    Ollie I’d love to go to Poowong with you, we could play Loco and Carriages together again.

  18. Craig.L.

    I wish to not be included in this article.

  19. Anonski

    Hey Milt Orkopoulos – you’ve been told before to stop posting under Card Pell’s name.

  20. the hullster

    whats wrong with you people this chap has rights to make what he likes. Keep those vigilantes at bay as I demand if not I will send Caroline to bash em!

  21. The crime of Villification.

    I can not help but think we have vilified this man above and beyond his crime. He clearly needs help not vilification. He has allowed his affection for children, an infection that we all have a desire to nurture children. Tuition his case he has crossed the boundaries of love and respect and mixed it up with fulfilling sexual desires and derived sexual satisfaction from the innocent., Yes it is a crime and yes it should be addressed but do we need to use his sickness Asa a means of gaining some cheap political attack on the Age’s editorial. Are we to now subject everyone to review of the sex offenders list, He is not supposed to work with and have contact with children unsupervised. Bit does that prevent him from expressing affection for children in a non sexual way. Is he to be outcast and persecuted to the grave for his mental illness?

  22. barbara baxter

    The above should be sent to 3AW
    to D.Hinch.
    He will be him mouth full


    There are actually a variety of details like that to take into consideration. That is a great level to deliver up. I offer the thoughts above as basic inspiration however clearly there are questions like the one you deliver up the place the most important thing might be working in honest good faith. I don?t know if greatest practices have emerged round issues like that, but I’m certain that your job is clearly recognized as a fair game. Both boys and girls really feel the influence of only a moment’s pleasure, for the rest of their lives.

  24. politicalrealist

    Fairfax, like News limited, run all of their papers on a tight budget with very little supervision for cadets and new staff. While the mistake was stupid, a young inexperienced reporter should not have her career ruined over it. Perhaps whoever is in charge of the Sunbury Astonisher should take some of the blame…

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