Life’s Hard When You’re a Convicted Pedopohile
In the spectrum of criminality, nothing disgusts and enrages like pedophilia. Peter Gibson of East Geelong, Victoria, Australia discovered this in 2007 when his niece accused him of sexually assaulting her in 1979, back when she was eight. Peter fervently denied the charge but the judge found him guilty and he was jailed for nine months in May of 2009. Since his release, Peter has seen himself exiled to the far end of the social pile. I find him barricaded in a public housing flat in a shitty suburb west of Melbourne where his Indonesian wife cooks us spring rolls and gets tearful. Meanwhile, Peter pulls on his eyebrow hairs and mumbles about his innocence. I can’t say whether he’s innocent or not (you can read up on each side of the argument here and here), I’m just curious about his current life. How does it feel to go from a regular type of person to someone so universally hated?
VICE: So tell me about the actual accusation.
Peter Gibson: I was accused of forcing my eight year-old niece to masturbate me in a caravan. It’s total bullshit because I was living in Mornington at the time.
You weren’t there?
And you’re not a paedophile?
No I don’t believe in it. It’s disgusting and I believe people like that are sick and should never get out of jail and should be injected so they don’t get the urges anymore. You can’t go around doing things like that. It’s unethical. It’s disgusting.
You didn’t do it?
No. I swear on the Holy Bible and my wife’s death. I wasn’t there.
So how do you explain being convicted in court?
I suppose because it’s a hot topic and people are emotionally charged and don’t want to look at the facts. All they see is a victim but sometimes the victim plays on it. That’s what it was, just a family fight that got out of control.
How did your wife respond to the accusation?
My wife, she was devastated because she knows what I’m like. She doesn’t doubt me because she knows I always tell the truth.