Current The Nurse - Tasmania

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Kurve

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A nurse lives in a quiet town in Tasmania, Australia. He spends his life working with children and is the ultimate father figure, but he has a dark secret.

People who still hold positions of power protected him.

He was cleared for Working With Children.



A serial paedophile who spent almost three decades grooming, drugging and molesting vulnerable children – also filming and bragging about his crimes online – has been unmasked as a paediatric nurse who worked for 18 years on the children’s ward at Launceston General Hospital in Tasmania until 2019.

Last October, police in Launceston laid more than a dozen charges against James ‘Jim’ Geoffrey Griffin, a 69-year-old man from Legana, who since 2001 had worked on Ward 4K, the paediatric unit attached to Launceston General Hospital.

The charges relate to sexual offences against children as young as 11 – abuse which Griffin admitted to during police questioning last year. The details of some crimes are so disturbing they cannot all be published.


The seven-page charge sheet spans 28 years, with sex crimes dating back to at least 1987, when Griffin worked as a volunteer ambulance officer for the Tasmanian Ambulance Service. The sexual crimes continue through to 2019, at which time Griffin was working at the hospital while also volunteering as “medic” and “masseuse” for a local children’s sporting team.

On his arrest in October last year, police also discovered a “significant amount” of child pornography downloaded from the internet, as well as child pornography he had self-created. Some included children from the hospital ward.

On internet chat sites, detectives then uncovered examples of Mr Griffin “bragging” to others, outlining how he would use various drugs to sedate little girls “in order to sexually abuse them.”

Now, nurses from the hospital are breaking their silence, revealing how he would use the ward as his own personal hunting ground to “groom” and “target” sick and vulnerable kids. In some cases, he even preyed upon the children of his own colleagues.

The explosive revelations have been unearthed by investigative journalist, Camille Bianchi, who is set to expose all in a compelling true crime podcast called The Nurse.



Charges laid against James Geoffrey Griffin, born 1950

1987-1989 Indecent sexual assault of a victim in Youngtown, Tasmania
1987-1990 4 x indecent sexual assault of a second victim in Youngtown, Tasmania
1988-1989 Indecent sexual assault of a third victim in Youngtown, Tasmania
2009-2013 ‘Maintain a sexual relationship with a young person under the age of 17’ and ‘Sexual intercourse with a young person under the age of 17’. Locations: multiple around Tasmania
2011-2012 2 x indecent sexual assault in South Launceston, Tasmania
2015 Involve a person under the age of 18 in the production of child exploitation material
2015 Distributing child exploitation material
2015 Producing child exploitation material
2016 Successfully passed Working with Children and Vulnerable People check
2019 Possession of child exploitation material


 

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We gotta start public executions trials in the streets for these animals. Current laws clearly aren’t enough of a deterrent. 😢
 

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A whole lot more on this horrific case in an article this afternoon after it was the subject of interest in the Tasmanian Parliament today.
Hopefully someone will post the parliament transcript link in here when it is available.


'Mark Shelton was grilled about his knowledge of James Geoffrey Griffin's alleged crimes in Budget estimates hearings on Thursday.
Mr Griffin — who took his own life after being charged with child sex offences last year — worked on the children's ward of the Launceston General Hospital for years.
He also worked at the Ashley Youth Detention Centre for several months, acted as a masseuse for a Launceston netball club and was employed at different periods at the University of Tasmania's Launceston campus, where schoolchildren would stay while on excursion.'

'the matter was subject to an upcoming commission of inquiry — Tasmania's version of a royal commission.'

 

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Here's the Coroners report into Griffin's 18 October 2019 death at his home (from an open and shut drug ingestion incident around 13/14 October) whilst he was out on bail, after his 3 Oct 2019 arrest having been charged with repeated sexual abuse of a child and 4 further similar complaints that were yet to have charges laid.

How on earth was he let out on bail after his arrest?

Did they let him out on bail so that he could suicide, as he reportedly had claimed he would suicide as opposed to go to jail?


 
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'On October 3 charges were laid. But then, 10 days later, Griffin attempted to take his own life. He was found on October 14 in his home, sitting in a chair. There was paperwork and bills organised on his dining room table – as if he was putting his affairs in order – along with family photo albums and sealed letters addressed to his family containing cash. But James Griffin was not dead.
He’d threatened to kill himself earlier, even telling one victim he would “die before going to prison.”
Griffin was rushed to the same hospital where his own colleagues were required to try to revive him.

'And then, suddenly, he died.
On October 18 in Launceston General Hospital, Griffin was pronounced dead.'

'Comparing Griffin’s death to the alleged suicide of infamous paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, Bianchi says she was determined to make a podcast to give the survivors their chance to be heard.'

'even in a town ripe with gossip, the case has been all but hushed up.
“This is a story you don’t know, unless you live in Launceston” says Bianchi, “and even then, it’s been whispered to you in the pub, or passed only by word-of-mouth.
“People are scared. Scared to lose jobs. Scared to upset those who are covering up what’s happened.”
Griffin was connected in various circles of power and the hospital has so far not co-operated with the investigation.'

'The story that was first brought to me was that these women wanted to speak and no media was interested or willing to touch it. People had tried, but it always fell over,” says Bianchi.'

'Launceston General Hospital was in receipt of complaints against Griffin dating back to at least 2009. When Bianchi and news.com.au contacted the federal health watchdog, AHPRA, to determine whether the complaints were ever passed along to them, as required, that line of questioning revealed they had no record of the hospital ever having forwarded the 2009 complaint, or another complaint which had been lodged in 2017.'


So Griffin was out on bail when he allegedly attempted suicide by drug overdose whilst at his home, and as a direct result of this, was admitted to the hospital he used to work at, and committed many of his heinous crimes at, and was there for 5 days when he suddenly died in their care.

Epsteinesque indeed.
 
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By the time you get through the whole lot of it, it's too much to take in. Rolling WTFs.
I haven't even started listening to the podcasts yet.

Might give anywhere near Launceston a miss next time I'm in Tassie.
 

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I haven't even started listening to the podcasts yet.

Might give anywhere near Launceston a miss next time I'm in Tassie.
One woman insisted on sleeping on the floor next to her child, it's in one of the podcasts. He was really angry about it.

That he'll never be rightly held to account and convicted after killing himself is despicable.
 

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That he'll never be rightly held to account and convicted after killing himself is despicable.
The people and institutions of power that served to obfuscate and facilitate his crimes despite being aware should be brought to light and public scrutiny, and made to face consequences. Frightening to think how much of this kind of stuff is lurking beneath the surface of society but is continually quashed because people have connections, especially in a town like Launceston or some of the smaller Tasmanian towns.

The LGH in general, though, is home to rampant negligence so not too surprising they'd let it go. As someone who lived in Launceston, it's not where I'd want to be if I was sick.
 

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I have been listening to this podcast every week. While I shouldn't be surprised about cover ups, I am always shocked and in disbelief after story after story is told. There are many people who wanted to hide this for their careers and because its "too hard" or someone else's problem. Hopefully there will be enough evidence to publicly name paedophile enablers. Please don't be a person in the future who says "It's just Jim".

As an aside, it's not as easy to produce a slick podcast on an evolving story, but I like Camille Bianchi's style and tenacity.
 

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