A South Australia Police community constable, Allan Ray Gollan, sexually abused four children in the 1970s and 1980s.
Gollan, 62, was sentenced in the District Court in June 2011 for multiple counts of indecent assault, unlawful sexual intercourse and false imprisonment.
Gollan pleaded guilty to the charges in February 2011, a day before he was due to stand trial.
The Adelaide District Court was told one of Gollan’s victims was petrified at the sound of his voice and horrified at being left alone with him.
Other victims told of being unable to trust men and being unable to have lasting relationships.
Outside of court, one victim said she would never forgive him for the eight years of torture he inflicted.
“I hate him for what he did, and not just what he did to me then but the ongoing effect,” she said.
Another victim, in her impact statement, told of the lasting impact of Gollan’s vile abuse. She said she wondered why she didn’t do more to stop Gollan at the time.
“Why didn’t I scream louder, maybe if I had told more people it would have stopped sooner,” she said.
“I view myself as broken and damaged goods.
“Being a child wasn’t meant to be that hard, heart-breaking or disgusting.”
In sentencing, Judge Kevin Nicholson said Gollan’s treatment of his victims was harsh, cruel and had led to a deprived existence for them.
“Your behaviour involved the predatory manipulation of your relationships with the children, your power of authority over them and their youthful naivety and fear,” he said.
“You were in a position of trust which you breached shamelessly,” Judge Nicholson said.
“I cannot understate how damaging your criminal conduct has been.”
Judge Nicholson said Gollan detained one of his victims by tying him up with masking tape before performing sex acts.
In other cases the former SA police liaison officer would force the children to view pornographic material before engaging in sexual conduct.
Pedophile Gollan was represented by lawyer Andrew Moffa, who claimed his client’s offending occurred during a “dark period” of his life. Moffa further claimed the court was now “dealing with an entirely different man.” However, at the time of his arrest in 2009, Gollan’s computer contained child pornography.
Gollan was sentenced to 18 years’ imprisonment, with a non-parole period of 10 years and six months.