Adelaide pedophile Geoffrey William Moyle has been jailed for 12 years

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An Adelaide pedophile jailed for filming himself sexually abusing children in Cambodia will spend an extra three years in jail after a prosecutor.

Geoffrey William Moyle var imprisoned for eight years, nine months and 19 days for pleading guilty to sexually assaulting several children between 2002 and 2005.

But the Court of Appeal found that the ruling did not reflect society’s expectations of protecting vulnerable children abroad from Australian predators.

Moyle was caught through a U.S. study of an online bulletin board used to advertise and distribute child abuse material.

The 49-year-old was identified by the username ‘waka’, which was traced back to his Cambodian residence through his computer use.

When he posted comments and other pictures on the notice board from Australia, the Australian Federal Police tracked him down and he was arrested in 2019.

Judgment fails victims

Commonwealth prosecutors argued that the prison sentence – which could have seen Moyle released on parole after four and a half years – was inadequate.

A panel of three judges – Chief Justice Chris Kourakis, Judge David Lovell and Judge Sam Doyle – agreed, saying it was “so significantly below the justified number of convictions” that it needed to be rectified.

The court found that the original ruling did not reflect society’s expectations of a punishment that would “protect children in developing countries from the widespread behavior of visiting Australian residents”.

The court also found that Moyle was fortunate that the sentencing judge accepted his argument that he insulted because he was lonely.

It stated that Moyle’s insult, his detailed and sophisticated footage and the “cold commentary” that came with his online posting demonstrated “a worrying lack of empathy in the pursuit of his sexual gratification”.

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AFP detective Gail McClure speaks outside court after last year’s verdict on Adelaide man Geoffrey William Moyle.(ABC News: Mahalia Carter)

“The victims of Mr Moyle’s offense are not limited to the nine victims for each of the offenses for which he was convicted,” the appeal said.

“Mr Moyle’s participation in the commercial exploitation of children played its part in supporting the continued trade of those who sneak into the misery of children.

The court set a new 12-year main sentence for the offenses Moyle committed in Cambodia.

He will be eligible for parole after serving seven years behind bars.

Moyle is also serving a nine-month prison sentence for possession of material for exploitation of children in Australia.

Last year, Australian Federal Police Detective Gail McClure issued a stern warning that police will “work relentlessly to bring this kind of evil perpetrator to justice”.

Described as an Australian first, a “very generous” out-of-court settlement was reached between Moyle and one of his child victims in 2021, although an exact dollar figure was not stated.

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