How the Covid 19 lockdown in New South Wales could reduce a pedophile’s sentence

‘Depraved’ pedophile says he should get lenient sentence for being beaten and Covid caught behind bars

  • Bret Anthony Chesworth, 55, pleaded guilty to seven charges in June
  • Young Child Abuse Charges
  • Chesworth’s lawyer now asks Newcastle court for a reduced sentence
  • Claims Chesworth caught Covid and foot injuries count as additional punishment










A vicious pedophile says he should receive a lenient sentence for catching Covid behind bars and being beaten by another inmate.

Bret Anthony Chesworth, 55, was arrested in November 2020 at his home on the outskirts of Newcastle, two hours north of Sydney, following a police investigation into a global online network of child molesters.

In June, he pleaded guilty to charges involving possession of child abuse material and using a carriage service to transmit and access child abuse material.

Bret Anthony Chesworth, 55, (pictured) was arrested in November 2020 as the 15th person in a global network of child molesters

Chesworth also pleaded guilty to using a carriage service to prepare or intend to engage in sexual activity on a person under 16.

Prosecutors said the crimes committed by Newcastle District Court Chesworth were “particularly depraved, especially abhorrent”.

“We are dealing with very young children who are very upset,” District Attorney Sarah Short told the court.

Bret Anthony Chesworth was the 15th person to be arrested in an Australian Federal Police investigation (pictured) into a global online network of child molesters

Bret Anthony Chesworth was the 15th person to be arrested in an Australian Federal Police investigation (pictured) into a global online network of child molesters

Two charges against Chesworth were dropped, one related to bestiality against his dog between December 2019 and November 2020.

Chesworth will be sentenced on December 10 in Newcastle court.

Defense attorney David Murray said Covid lockdowns, his contraction of the virus and a recent attack on his client during sentencing should be considered.

Mr Murray believes the bleak conditions at Parklea Prison during Covid lockdowns give Chesworth grounds for a reduced sentence.

Bret Anthony Chesworth will be sentenced on December 10 on seven child abuse charges in Newcastle District Court (pictured)

Bret Anthony Chesworth will be sentenced on December 10 on seven child abuse charges in Newcastle District Court (pictured)

He describes the prison as filthy with basic cleaning products not available to inmates.

“There are no clean clothes, there is no washing, to clean the dishes in the cell sink they have to use hand products, there is no disinfectant and no toilet cleaning products,” he told the court.

Murray said Chesworth is a “victim of assault” and claims his client is still in trouble as a result of the attack and lack of medical treatment.

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