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The depraved acts of one of Australia’s worst pedophiles, who drugged and abused children as young as five at “s*x parties” after grooming them online, have been revealed for the first time in court.
Former football manager Grant Harden, 31, from Sydney, was arrested in May 2020 and later charged with 179 counts of child s*xual abuse after an Australian Federal Police operation uncovered his disgusting crimes.
Grant Harden Arrested and Charged
The offences, which relate to seven boys, include 16 counts of having s*x with a child under the age of 10 and sharing videos of the abuse with an online pedophile ring.
After pleading guilty to all charges last July, Harden faced a sentencing hearing at Downing Center Court on Thursday, where the prosecution repeated agreed facts presented by police.
The court heard that the St Clair man would groom children on chat platforms, including Snapchat, using bribes of gifts and rewards in video games.
Grant Harden, 31, of Sydney, will face sentencing on Monday on 179 counts of child s*xual abuse
His horrific crimes included inviting young boys to sleepovers he called ‘s*x parties’ and then drugging them with sleeping pills before s*xually abusing them, reports news.com.au.
He once bragged in a group chat with other pedophiles, with whom he shared abusive content on Snapchat under the username ‘Baddad03’, that he s*xually abused a boy while they were in the hospital for surgery.
“You were touching their penises, masturbating them and holding her sleeping hand over your penis,” Crown Prosecutor Sara Gul told the court.
Asked in court if he agreed to melatonin to facilitate his offense, Harden said the boy’s mother got it from the doctor because he had “trouble sleeping.”
Harden, who was in a long-term, committed relationship when the crime began, told the court that he became aware of his attraction to boys when he was 13.
He said his urges increased and when he was 27 he was having s*x with young boys and making child s*xual abuse material.
The court heard that a boy, for whom Harden bought gifts in exchange for s*xual favors, sometimes said ‘what are you doing?’ while he was being abused.
Harden said he “didn’t feel right, to a certain extent” because of the boy’s pain and “wanted him to enjoy it as much as he could.”
“I would try to change it and do something different to make him feel better,” he told the court.
Harden told the court that a boy would ask him to touch him, so most of the time he would, but the boy wouldn’t touch him.
The abuse would have continued on that child, the court heard, had Harden not been arrested by police.
The court also heard from the mother of a child who made an emotional impact statement on the victim, detailing how her child’s childhood will never be the same.
She said that Harden had ‘destroyed’ her trust and now no longer allows her son to do normal activities, such as attend sleepovers, out of fear that he will be abused again.
“He doesn’t go on play dates, sleepovers, birthday parties,” she said, as reported by the Daily Telegraph.
He won’t get the childhood he deserves because you destroyed my confidence.
Judge Sarah Huggett referred to the child abuse material
“His relationship with me is strained and different because I won’t let him do the things that a normal nine-year-old can do. He gets mad at me for saying no to things and he doesn’t understand why.
Harden told the court that he will never be able to express how sorry he is and he feels torn inside because he will never be able to ease the pain of his victims and his families.
Arden said he has lost most contact with his family since his arrest and has felt the impact of his crimes ever since.
Judge Sarah Huggett referred to the child abuse material as “abhorrent in the extreme”.
She decided that she needed more time to consider Harden’s sentence and she postponed the matter until Monday.
Harden was one of 20 Australian men arrested as part of Operation Arkstone, which took down a global ring of suspected child s*x offenders after Australian authorities were tipped off by US officials.
Grant Harden Quick and Facts
- Grant Harden, 31, pleaded guilty to 179 child s*x abuse charges in July last year
- The former soccer coach, from Sydney, was arrested in a AFP operation in 2020
- His crimes were revealed for the first time in a sentencing hearing on Thursday
- Harden drugged children with sleeping tablets then s*xually abused them
- He made videos of the abuse and shared it with other paedophiles on Snapchat