GREGORY Thomas Giles – Taxi Driving Sex Offender


“You are responsible for effects that are deeper and more long-lasting than you would have ever thought of,”

GREGORY Thomas Giles had sex with a schoolgirl 33 years his junior – but it was his victim who incurred the wrath of their local community, the District Court has heard.

Judge Gordon Barrett today questioned community attitudes towards the “highly regarded” Naracoorte taxi owner and convicted sex offender.

Giles, 52, was found guilty of two counts of having unlawful sexual intercourse with the 14-year old girl in 2003.

Judge Barrett said while many locals continued to support Giles, his victim had suffered vilification and isolation from parts of the community.

Judge Barrett cited from one of 14 references supporting the former SA Taxi Board member.

“The reference begins speaking of you in these terms – ‘Yes, guilty of being too trusting, too caring, too community-minded’,” Judge Barrett said.

“That is not what you are guilty of – you are guilty of committing two sexual offences against a 14-year-old girl.

“You are not the one who was too trusting, she and her parents were.”

Giles had lured the girl to Adelaide on the pretence that she would be taking photographs of taxis breaking the law.

The pair stayed in an apartment overnight, where Giles sexually abused the girl.

Giles was found guilty in October 2006 but had his conviction overturned on appeal.

He was found guilty a second time at trial earlier this year.

Judge Barrett said he could give Giles no credit for contrition or remorse and doubted if he understood the extent of the harm he had inflicted.

“You are responsible for effects that are deeper and more long-lasting than you would have ever thought of,” he said.

The judge said Giles’ offending had cost him his taxi company and his award-winning business as a tour guide.

He said Giles suffered from coronary heart disease and had an increased risk of suffering a stroke from stress.


Judge Barrett said there was no good reason to suspend the sentence and imposed a non-parole period of two years and three months.

Published in: on May 4, 2008 at 7:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

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