AN alleged ringleader of the so-called Jedi Council defence force sex ring has been charged by police.
Hastings Fredrickson, an ex-army commando, was sacked by his then employer, defence contractor Thales, about 10 days after allegations were first raised that a group of up to 17 men had shared videos of naked women.
Following an investigation by police at Kings Cross in Sydney he attended Queanbeyan police station yesterday to be charged with six counts of using a carriage service to cause offence.
It is alleged the emails were sent in 2010, in NSW, and charges are expected against two other men after recommendations from the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions to the state police force.
Army chief Lieutenant General David Morrison sacked six offenders earlier this month and announced that another seven were facing the sack and that 172 troops had been investigated over the sordid affair. Frederickson was fired separately in September 2010, by his employer, the defence contractor Thales.
The emails were sent on the Defence open system and the public internet and it is understood police will allege all of the women were filmed or photographed without their knowledge.
The Australian Defence Investigative Service (ADFIS) took almost two years to progress the matter.
NSW Police began investigating Fredrickson in mid-2012 about 20 months after he was sacked.
Chief of Army David Morrison described the material allegedly sent to Fredrickson and his mates as “repugnant and highly demeaning of women.”
He said the allegations were worse than the ADFA Skype sex scandal.
The council members visited nightclubs in Darlinghurst and Paddington and elsewhere to meet women for consensual sex.
The group was allegedly co-founded by Fredrickson who allegedly sent explicit footage of himself and women to 60 other defence personnel.
General Morrison said the six sacked members were among 122 regular army and army reserve soldiers whose service was terminated due to misconduct or unacceptable behaviour.
“These 122 individuals have engaged in conduct which is inconsistent with the army’s values of courage, initiative, respect and teamwork and the standards of behaviour that we demand of all members of our army,” he said.
Outside Queanbeyan Court, Frederickson’s lawyer Peter Woodhouse said his client would fight the charges.
“He looks forward to these matters being determined in court where he will meet the charges and clear his name,” Mr Woodhouse said.
Frederickson would not answer questions about the matter.
“All I can say is that I understand and acknowledge and respect the media’s right to report on these things and it will be dealt with in a court of law,” he said.
Frederickson will appear again at Downing Centre Local Court in three weeks.