Evil 8 paedophile Benjamin Simon Clarke busted selling kids’ toys

Elle FarcicThe West Australian
Benjamin Clarke leaves court.
Camera IconBenjamin Clarke leaves court. Credit: The West Australian

Released Evil 8 paedophile Benjamin Simon Clarke was fined yesterday for setting up a stall at a family-friendly market and selling household goods, including children’s toys, without the permission of his supervisor.

Clarke was jailed for three years in June 2016 for indecently dealing with the 12-year-old victim of a Perth paedophile ring and taking sexually explicit photographs of the girl.

Benjamin Clarke leaves court.
Camera IconBenjamin Clarke leaves court. Credit: The West Australian

He was released from prison in July and was placed on the national child sex-offender register and made subject to an order that bans him from having unsupervised contact with children under 16.

Clarke was back before the court yesterday charged with failing to comply with his reporting obligations over his attendance at the Canning Vale markets in December.

He admitted setting up a stall with his partner and selling clothes, DVDs and children’s toys without speaking to his community corrections officer about the event.

Clarke told police he forgot to tell his supervisor and said he did not talk to any children on the day.

He was fined $300 and warned he had to be more careful about complying with his order.

The child at the centre of the paedophile ring was pimped out by her father and subjected to sustained abuse and degradation over two years.

Clarke, an amateur photographer, took naked and semi-naked photographs of the girl after her father answered an advertisement he had put online.

He took photographs of the child in her home, indecently dealt with her and put $300 on the kitchen counter before leaving. He left a thumbdrive containing photos of the girl in her father’s letterbox.

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