On 29 January 2020, a serial paedophile who abused children in Australia and Southeast Asia was sentenced to 35 years’ imprisonment, with a non‑parole period of 28 years. Boris Kunsevitsky (53) pleaded guilty to sexually abusing 44 children over a period of 16 years, as well as possessing tens of thousands of images and videos of child exploitation material.
Thirty‑six of his victims were aged between 10 and 15 years old, another eight were 16 or 17 when they were abused. Of the victims, 37 were Filipino, five were Singaporean, one was Indonesian, and one was Australian.
At the time he committed most of the offences, Mr Kunsevitsky was based in Singapore. He was arrested on 4 September 2017, when he returned to Australia. Mr Kunsevitsky’s arrest was triggered by a warrant issued for offences that occurred in Australia. These offences were identified after a referral from German Police to Australian authorities. The referral led to the identification of an Australian victim, who subsequently made a statement of complaint to Victorian Police.
Following Mr Kunsevitsky’s return to Australia, police discovered child exploitation material in his possession, which led to the investigation of offending against victims overseas. This ultimately led to Mr Kunsevitsky pleading guilty to 59 offences across three categories of offending.
Mr Kunsevitsky is the second Australian to be sentenced to a very long jail term for sexually exploiting children overseas. CDPP prosecutors work with investigators and the CDPP Witness Assistance Service to ensure that, in the course of dealing with this very challenging work, victims are treated with courtesy, compassion, cultural sensitivity and respect for their dignity.
In February 2019, the CDPP launched a dedicated site for Victims and Witnesses to support them through the prosecution process. Anyone wishing to report allegations of child sexual abuse can do so via the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation.
A summary of the sentence, charges and offence categories is provided on the CDPP website at www.cdpp.gov.au.