4 September 2021

Canberra AFL coach admits to sexually abusing three boys

| Albert McKnight
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Stephen James Porter

Stephen James Porter, 51, has pleaded guilty to child sex offences. Photo: Facebook.

WARNING: Some readers may find this story distressing.

The former coach of a junior Canberra AFL team has admitted to sexually abusing three different children. His crimes spanned more than a decade.

Stephen James Porter, 51, appeared in the ACT Supreme Court over audio-visual link on Thursday (2 September) where he entered guilty pleas to four charges.

The Macgregor man and former Ainslie Football Club coach admitted he had used the first boy to produce child exploitation material from 2009 to 2011 when the child was under 12.

Porter confessed he had a sexual relationship with the second boy over three years from 2015.

He also admitted he tried to groom another boy for sexual acts in 2019 and 2020.

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Acting Justice Verity McWilliam recorded Porter’s pleas and listed the matter for a disputed facts hearing on 2 and 3 November.

This hearing is required because there is a dispute over the number of times there was sexual activity between Porter and one of the boys.

Porter had pleaded guilty to charges of using a child under 12 to produce child exploitation material, engaging in a sexual relationship with a child under special care, grooming and possessing child exploitation material.

If this story has raised any concerns for you, 1800RESPECT, the national 24-hour sexual assault, family and domestic violence counselling line, can be contacted on 1800 737 732. Help and support is also available through The Canberra Rape Crisis Centre 02 6247 2525, The Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT 02 6280 0900, and Lifeline: 13 11 14. In an emergency call 000.

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Warren Sheely2:13 pm 04 Sep 21

I’m going to give a shout out for the Ainslie Football Club. I played for them as a junior, guys I grew up with played for them. My oldest son played for them for many years. My grandson played for them, and I hope my other grandsons will also. And I have one more son coming who will play for them in the future. They are a great club who create a positive environment for a countless number of families. Life long friendships have been built for my family because of the Ainslie Football Club. I’m very angry that this person would inflict this poison on such a great club. May justice be served to the fullest!

I think you’ll find the club will be fine. I’m more concerned about the poor kids that were abused by this putrid animal who, if history is anything to go by, will probably receive a significantly light sentence.

Thank you for focusing on the true victim here.

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