Peter Zehmeister – Repeat Sex Offender – Pedophile begs to be castrated

A convicted pedophile who subjected six boys to months of horrific sexual abuse has asked to be castrated so he no longer feels the urge to attack children.

Ipswich man Peter Zehmeister, 48, was yesterday sentenced to nine-and-a-half years in jail for 34 offences, including multiple counts of sodomy and maintaining an unlawful sexual relationship with two children.

He was previously convicted of sexually abusing children in 1995 and 2001. Defence barrister Steve Kissick said his client acknowledged that he was a dangerous sexual predator.

“He says he has uncontrollable sexual urges,” Mr Kissick said.

“He wants to be castrated – in fact he wants the court to make a specific order (that he be castrated).”

Judge Greg Koppenol told Zehmeister that Queensland law did not allow him to make an order for castration, but it is believed the offender plans to explore the possibility of chemical castration while he is behind bars.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

Castration of Sex Pests

Some sex offenders could benefit from being castrated, one of the Government’s leading advisers on the treatment of sex pests has said.

Professor Don Grubin, who is running a pilot on lie detector tests for sex offenders on behalf of the Ministry of Justice, thinks the drastic move could work on a voluntary basis.

The academic, a professor of forensic psychiatry at Newcastle University’s Institute of Neuroscience, is already running a Government-backed programme that offers so-called “chemical castration” for sex offenders where medication reduces an individual’s testosterone levels.

But following a visit to the Czech Republic, where they offer physical castration for volunteers, Prof Grubin believes there is scope to go even further in Britain.

Asked by More4 News whether there is a place for physical castration in Britain, he said: “If you asked me that two years ago I would have said no.

“Having thought a bit about what they say is going on here (Czech Republic), and the way they use it here, I’m coming to the view that there may be a small number of offenders in Britain who would benefit from physical castration offenders who have had medical treatments that have shown it’s helpful for them, and who consent to the idea that this would be very helpful to them.”

He said there are a small number of sex offenders who do request such a move.

But Juliet Lyon, director of the Prison Reform Trust, said such as move would be a “step too far in a justice system committed to humane, decent and effective treatment of offenders”.

“To reduce risk of re-offending, surely we should build on the proven success of sex offender treatment programmes in prison, intensive probation supervision in the community and ‘circles of support’ work pioneered by the Quakers,” she added.

Authorities in the Czech Republic offer physical castration to those sex offenders who request it.

In tonight’s programme, one serial offender referred to only as Vaclav, who assaulted girls as young as 12, said it was the “best decision” he has ever made.

He adds: “On the one hand you have to protect the potential victims and on the other hand I wanted to be protected from myself, I wanted to live like a normal person.”

Prof Grubin is currently running a three year programme that offers drugs to sex offenders to reduce the risk of further offending.

The programme involves jailed sex offenders volunteering to take medication to reduce their testosterone levels to those of prepubescent boys. The result is similar to the effects of castration.

He is also heading up a Government pilot programme to force sex offenders in the Midlands to take lie detector tests when they are released from prison.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

Sex offender killed in B.C. prison riot

A convicted pedophile and child pornographer serving an indefinite sentence as a dangerous offender was killed in a prison riot Saturday night at Mountain Institution, a federal male medium security facility 120 kilometres east of Vancouver.

Michael Gibbon, 39, was killed during a riot that broke out around 9:45 p.m. in the gymnasium, Dave Lefebvre, a spokesman for Correctional Service of Canada, said today in an interview.

Mr. Gibbon, who had spent his entire life in Chilliwack before his incarceration for sex crimes, had been convicted in 1992 for sexual interference of a young child and sentenced to three months in jail. Five years later, he was convicted of sexual assault, production of child pornography and possession of child pornography for the purpose of distribution, bestiality.

Mr. Gibbon was declared a dangerous offender in 1998 but the decision was set aside in 2003. He was declared a dangerous offender for a second time in 2005 after failing to convince a B.C. Supreme Court judge that he could control his strong sex drive if he was allowed to participate in a trial program of anti-libidinal medication.

Mr. LeFebvre said that the disturbance began with inmates breaking windows and threatening staff members. They subsequently started assaulting each other.

Mr. Gibbon, who has been in custody since February, 1997, was attacked and pronounced dead at the institution. A second inmate who was not identified was sent to a hospital outside the prison compound.

Mr. Lefebvre said the reason for the disturbance or for Mr. Gibbon’s death was not yet known. Three investigations have begun: the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, a joint police force in Metro Vancouver, has been called in and has begun to look into the circumstances related to the death.

The Correctional Service and the Coroner’s Office will also investigate the incident. “At this point it is way too early to speculate what started this,” Mr. Lefebvre said.

No correctional officers were involved in the death of inmate, he also said.

Extensive damage was caused to several buildings in the institution which was to remain locked down to facilitate the clean up and a search, he added.