Former childcare worker sentenced for sickening sexual abuse of children

A FORMER childcare worker has been jailed for 35 years in South Australia for committing ‘sickening’ child sex offences.

Shannon Grant McCoole, 33, admitted to multiple sex offences against seven young boys and girls over a three-year period.

South Australian District Court Judge Paul Rice said during sentencing that “the nature and extent of the offending is depraved and sickening in the extreme”.


“Some people may describe your crimes as sick, but I prefer evil,” the judge said.

The court heard McCoole was also the head administrator of a global child pornography website where he uploaded child abuse content, which led to his arrest.

He will serve at least 28 years behind bars.