Yesterdayâ€™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 â€œSunbury Weeklyâ€ â€“ a Fairfax media giveaway â€“ 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 naÃ¯ve and negligently lazy Fairfax journalist: â€œI get lots of pleasure from it.â€
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 Fisherâ€™s record is well-known in the ranks of civic leadership in the town.
The pedophile Fisher told the naÃ¯ve journalist:
â€œI get lots of pleasure from it.â€
An admission that might concern many parents and law enforcement officials in Sunbury.
â€œLining the front of his house are six rocking horses, painted and ready for Christmas.â€
It ominously discloses that he has made 1000 toys in nine years, unwittingly revealing a massive number of victims of Fisherâ€™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
FORMER COUNCILLOR CONVICTED
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 Weeklyâ€™s article was published in November. The Sunday Herald Sun brought this to the public attention in early January. Itâ€™s very disturbing to contemplate the potential damage done to kids as a result of one newspaperâ€™s carelessness and unprofessionalism.