SYDNEY police have charged a former Australian soldier over the creation of a Facebook gay-hate page that targeted four serving members of the Defence Force. The arrest was made less than a month after the Herald revealed the harassment, which targeted an army major, Paul Morgan, two members of the Sydney-based commando regiment 2RAR and another serving soldier. It was also revealed that – despite the Facebook page clearly identifying several dozen serving soldiers – the Defence Force failed properly to investigate and punish dozens of serving members allegedly linked to a social media campaign designed to expose and intimidate homosexual personnel.
Major Morgan, an army psychologist, was also sent a graphic and highly violent email, which police allege came from the former soldier, a Kareela man aged 32. It stated: ”I will cut your homosexual carcass into 100 pieces to feed you to the marine life in Botany Bay.”
The Facebook page was created using the pseudonym ”Steve Austin”. The four serving gay men had their names published on the page, which has since been taken down. It allegedly had links to extremely violent and pornographic videos on YouTube showing executions of homosexuals superimposed over images of Anzac Cove in Gallipoli and flag-draped coffins of dead Australian soldiers.
Yesterday morning police from Surry Hills charged the man with one count of using a carriage service – the internet – to threaten. He was also charged with using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence, relating to the Facebook page. He is due in the Downing Centre Local Court on June 3.