Magistrate Found Guilty Of Indecently Assaulting A Teenage Boy
He spent years judging others but today was magistrate Graeme Curran’s own judgement day.
Found guilty of seven charges of indecently assaulting a teenage boy back in the 1980s when Curran was in his late 20s.
In a statement read by a close friend outside court the victim had a powerful message for sex abuse survivors.
“My immediate response to this conviction is to reassure any abuse survivors thinking of coming forward, and also the victims in the process of coming forward, that the feeling of relief brought about by the release from the oppressor FAR OUTWEIGHS the doom and gloom of time spent bringing the accused to justice.
"The liberation gained by the conviction is profound, but even more so was the opportunity to stand before the court and tell my story.
"This is where true freedom is found.
"So with joy and optimism, I thank my beautiful wife, my dear friends and family and my five amazing children.
"To the police and the entire legal team at the DPP thank you ALL for your unwavering commitment and support.”
For the past month, Curran sat in court, not as a magistrate but as the accused, facing nine charges of indecent assault dating back almost 40 years. He was found not guilty on two.
Back then, Curran took the boy, who he called “little chicken” and his younger brother on numerous trips, including sailing on Sydney Harbour, weeks away in Europe and three days in the Snowy Mountains.
Curran often shared a bed with the teen and performed a massage ritual, touching the boy inappropriately.
The now 68 year old denied any wrongdoing, describing their relationship as a father/son relationship.
But after almost 17 years of deciding the guilt and innocence of others, the now-suspended magistrate gave little away as the word guilty was read out seven times against him.
He faces up to five years behind bars but is yet to be sentenced.