Robert 'Dolly' Dunn

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Robert "Dolly" Dunn
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Dunn spent the last 11 years of his life in Long Bay Correctional Centre
Born Robert Joseph Dunn
Died 11 July 2009 (aged 68)
Long Bay Correctional Centre, Malabar, New South Wales, Australia
Cause of death Multiple organ failure
Occupation School teacher
Criminal charge Child sexual abuse
(24 charges)
Supply cannabis
(3 charges)
Criminal penalty 20 years imprisonment
18 years non-parole period
Criminal status Deceased

Robert Joseph "Dolly" Dunn (c. 1941 – 11 July 2009) was an Australian convicted child molester. He was a school teacher by profession, working for the Marist Brothers, a Catholic religious order.

He began a 20-year jail sentence in 2001 for 24 sexual offences occurring between 1985 and 1995.

In 1996, a Royal Commission chaired by Justice James Woods was shown home videos and photographs from Dunn's collection, which included many images of child sex abuse, usually featuring Dunn himself as the perpetrator. Dunn fled the country, but was later found in Honduras after being tracked down by Australia's 60 Minutes program. Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright authorised his extradition back to Australia after he was deported from Honduras to the United States.[1]

Dunn had a long history of abusing boys between the ages of seven and fifteen years old, often videotaping them. Usually, he would offer them money and marijuana in exchange for anal sex. From jail, he repeatedly made written and verbal statements to the effect that he saw nothing wrong with sex between a man and a boy. He previously spent time in Indonesia and the Netherlands. He was a friend and accomplice of Australian diplomat William Stuart Brown, another convicted child molester.[2]

Health issues[edit]

In 2004 after suffering from angina Dunn underwent coronary bypass surgery. Believed to be at high risk of retaliation from other prisoners, he was isolated from the main prison population. Dunn died on 11 July 2009, aged 68,[3] from multiple organ failure. He would not have been eligible for parole until 9 November 2015.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cornford, Philip (12 November 1997). "How A Hotel Room Sting Ended Manhunt For Dunn". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  2. ^ Wayne Miller and Candace Sutton (18 January 2004). "Australian Quizzed over Bali z=Child Sex". The Sun-Herald. Retrieved 2007-01-15. 
  3. ^ "Sex offender Robert 'Dolly' Dunn dies in jail". The Australian. 11 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-11. 

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