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Australian Teacher Put Photos of Child Students on Sex Dolls

Genevieve Gluck
Genevieve Gluck

A former primary school teacher in Australia is facing jail time after he filmed himself having intercourse with child-like sex dolls fitted with masks made from his students’ photos.

James William Treasure of Melbourne had previously been arrested by Queensland police after he was caught filming children on a beach in Noosa in 2018.

Detectives recovered over 3,900 child abuse images from Treasure’s laptop, as well as secret recording devices hidden in his shoes. The investigation also uncovered videos of Treasure performing sex acts with a childlike doll in a school uniform, and films of sex acts with his face and the faces of current and former students digitally edited into them.

Treasure also kept a log of his encounters with students and had amassed a collection of 30,000 videos and images of activities from the three schools where he had taught.

In the Victorian County Court on Monday, November 8, Treasure pleaded guilty to charges of producing and possessing child abuse material, and two counts of an indecent act with a child under 16. He had been granted parole in January 2021 for his previous voyeur recordings of children and is currently facing a jail sentence.

The court heard Treasure would invite students into his classroom during lunch, luring them with chocolates. One student said it was on this occasion that he knelt down and tickled her before groping her genitals from outside of her shorts. The student said she cried out and Treasure scolded her.

Another former student described him tickling one of them on at least five or six occasions in “weird or wrong places.”

One of his victims was described as a “bright, happy and confident” student, who in the years following Treasure’s sexual abuse, began to have mental health problems and use drugs and alcohol, according to a victim impact statement read to the court.

“The most grave aspect is the utilisation of his position as a primary school teacher, who parents are entitled to expect will protect their children,” presiding Judge Frances Hogan told the court.

In recent years, Australian police have been cracking down on the import of childlike sex abuse dolls from overseas. The dolls are often brought in from China or Japan, where they are manufactured.

On Friday, October 22, James Sharp became the first person in the country to be jailed for importing a sex doll resembling a child after he was sentenced at the District Court in Mount Gambier, South Australia. The court heard that Sharp had imported the doll from China and dressed it in children’s clothing, underwear, and school uniforms.

“A large proportion of the material depicts female children being physically restrained with rope, collars, chains, blindfolds and duct tape while being sexually abused,” Judge Barrett told the court. “Every film, every image, every disk depicts a child being abused.”

A psychologist report claimed that Sharp had a “paedophilic sexual orientation.” Sharp was given a three year sentence but is expected to be released on a recognizance order after only 18 months.

In a separate incident, an Australian man named Terrence Kelly has been charged with the abduction of a four-year-old girl, Cleo Smith. Kelly owns an extensive collection of Bratz dolls and posted photos and videos of his room full of the toys to social media.

According to ABC News, Kelly created a false life on social media, claiming to be married with children. He also shared videos of a young girl in a bathing suit, captioned “my princess,” and another of a boy sitting on a couch, captioned “my son in Western Australia, miss you big boy,” and a photo of a pregnant woman titled “not long now.”

Last year, a mother in Florida was horrified to discover that photos of her eight year-old daughter had been stolen from Facebook and used to design a custom child sex abuse doll. The doll was offered for sale for $559 on Amazon.

The mother, identified only as Terri, told news channel NBC 6, “When I saw the one that looks just like my daughter, I clicked on it, and when I saw the face, the poses — I was just, I couldn't stop. I started crying. I was just completely in shock and angry,” she said.

“I can't sleep sometimes because that's all I can think about, men who have sex with those dolls, and I can't get them back. I just want to burn them,” Terri said in tears.

Australia passed legislation banning child sex abuse dolls in 2019. The US-based non-profit Child Rescue Coalition (CRC) is campaigning for a federal law banning the dolls. No such legislation currently exists, though the CREEPER Act (Curbing Realistic Exploitative Electronic Pedophilic Robots) was first introduced in Congress in 2017.

According to the bill, “There is a correlation between possession of the obscene dolls, and robots, and possession of and participation in child pornography.” Five years on, the legislation has not yet been approved by the Senate.


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Genevieve Gluck

Genevieve is the creator of the podcast Women's Voices, featuring interviews, recordings of feminist texts, and news related to women's rights