Ashley Paul Griffith Wiki – Ashley Paul Griffith Biography
Ashley Paul Griffith, 45, from the Gold Coast, has been charged with 1,623 sexual offenses against children in Brisbane, Sydney and overseas. In August, AFP revealed that he had been arrested after officers identified bedsheets in the background of alleged abuse material posted on the dark web. Until now it had been illegal to appoint Griffith under Queensland law. However, new legislation went into effect in the state on Tuesday allowing suspected sex offenders to be named after they have been charged with a crime. Previously, they could only be named after being put on trial. Griffith faces charges of abusing and raping 91 prepubescent girls between 2007 and 2022. The charge sheets reveal that he is accused of abusing up to seven different girls in a single month. The AFP alleges the crime took place at 10 Brisbane nurseries between 2007 and 2013, and 2018 and 2022; an overseas placement in 2013 and 2014; and a center in Sydney between 2014 and 2017.
Ashley Paul Griffith is 45 years old.
Charged with more than 1600 s*x abuse offences
Griffith worked at other childcare centres, but he is not alleged to have offended at those centres. Australian Federal Police Deputy Commissioner Justine Gough said in August that officers were confident that the 87 Australian girls recorded in the alleged child abuse material had been identified and their parents informed. Some of the alleged victims are now over 18 years old. The AFP believes Griffith, who had the necessary qualifications to look after children, recorded all of his alleged offences. He has not yet entered a plea and is due to appear again in Brisbane Magistrates Court on November 20. Queensland passed laws in September to allow accused sex offenders to be named after they have been charged. The laws were a recommendation by the Women’s Safety and Justice Task Force in July 2022 and bring the state into line with most other states and territories.
The changes mean accused sex offenders will be treated the same as those accused of other crimes. Reflecting on the laws when they were passed by parliament, Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath said “rape myths have no place in our society”. “Rape and sexual assault are some of the most under-reported crimes in Australia and we want to help victims come forward and hold perpetrators to account,” she said. The opposition supported the government’s bill, with shadow attorney general Tim Nicholls saying there appeared to have been “no significant negative consequences” in jurisdictions where defendants can be named at an earlier stage. “In fact, when we think about other serious crimes like murder and manslaughter where the defendant is named almost immediately, along with similar serious crimes, the logic of maintaining the restriction seems even less tenable,” he said. Under the legislation, accused offenders can apply to the court for a non publication order to maintain their anonymity.