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Married air traffic controller accused of bondage sex in Australian control tower

BDSM Media News Posted on Wed, March 30, 2022 22:35:44

The man was alleged to have been handcuffed to his chair while on duty in the control tower while having sex with a married woman.

Source: News.com.au.

AUSTRALIA – An air traffic controller who had sex while on duty and instructing pilots.

See more and larger photo’s on: News.com.au.

The director of the Civil Aviation Authority cancelled the man’s Air Traffic Control Licence following an inquiry, where it was alleged he was handcuffed to his chair while on duty in the control tower while having sex with a married woman, the New Zealand Herald reported.

The decision was appealed and a judge has ruled in favour of the man, finding while he did have sex while on duty, it wasn’t as risky as the director believed.

Judge Chris Tuohy found the man hadn’t been handcuffed so was not physically prevented from doing his job, following a three-day hearing in the Wellington District Court in December 2021.

The judge imposed strict suppression orders, meaning the man and other parties cannot be identified, and neither can the location of his workplace.

An affair between the woman, who lived in another part of the country, and the man, who was also married, began in early 2017 after the pair met on a dating website.

The sexual liaison between the pair involved pre-planned meetings at hotel and motels and was uninhibited, including an exchange by text of short videos and consensual recording of their sexual activity.

While the duration of the relationship was disputed, there was no argument it had ended before the woman texted the man’s wife to disclose the affair. His marriage broke up.

The woman later called the man’s wife detailing how the pair had sex in the control tower and how she had performed a sex act on him while he was handcuffed to a chair in the control room.

Concerns were raised with the CAA, which launched an investigation into the allegations.

The woman repeated her claims about the sexual encounters, including having handcuffed him to a chair while he worked in the control room, to the investigator.

A decision to suspend the man’s ATC licence was conveyed to him in December 2018 and, in March 2019, notice of a proposed decision to revoke his licence was made.

In an interview in February 2019, the man admitted the affair and said he had been alone in the control tower with the woman on three separate occasions during two days but denied sex had taken place.

“He acknowledged that [a sex act] while he was in handcuffs had occurred during the sexual relationship but in a hotel room, not in the control tower.”

He also detailed how the woman had tried to blackmail him by threatening to ruin his life if he didn’t pay her $50,000.

The CAA director recorded that “on the balance of probabilities” he believed the woman’s account and was concerned by the man’s risky behaviour while he should have been focused on what he was doing.

“He categorised this behaviour as highly irresponsible, intolerable and demonstrating extremely poor judgment.”

The decision to revoke the man’s licence was made mid-2019, and was subsequently appealed.

While Judge Tuohy said he had reservations about the woman’s credibility and reliability, he maintained her core allegation the pair had sex in the tower while the man was on duty was inherently plausible.

The evidence was however not sufficiently strong or cogent to satisfy the judge of the most serious aspect of the allegations, that he allowed himself to be handcuffed in his chair while on duty.

“The appellant voluntarily engaged in distracting behaviour which must have impinged on his capacity to react but, in my judgment, it is not sufficiently proven that he engaged in the even more risky and irresponsible behaviour of allowing himself to be physically prevented from doing so.”

Judge Tuohy ruled it had not been established the man was not a fit and proper person to exercise the privileges of his ATC Licence.

“I have reached that conclusion despite my finding that he did undertake risky behaviour while on duty, although not quite as risky as that which the Director relied upon.”

The judge had taken into account the relatively short duration of the man’s behaviour, it was unlikely he would engage in such behaviour in the future and his successful and incident-free career as an air traffic controller spanning many years.

Judge Tuohy reversed the CAA director’s decision to revoke the man’s ATC Licence.



‘We can have all the fun we used to have’: Ex-dominatrix’s gift to Surry Hills (Australia)

BDSM Media News Posted on Wed, March 30, 2022 21:57:18

Source: Smh.com.au.

AUSTRALIA – SIDNEY -A deconsecrated church once used for “wild parties” organised by notorious Sydney dominatrix Gretel Pinniger will be turned into an entertainment venue, co-working space and cafe/bar under plans approved by the City of Sydney.

See more larger photo’s on: SMH.com.au.

A 26-room boarding house will also be built behind The Kirk on Cleveland Street in Surry Hills “designed with the motif of a dragon in mind”, according to planning documents, to symbolise new life brought to the historic church building.

A local planning panel last week approved Ms Pinniger’s $5.6 million plans to redevelop The Kirk – despite objections from some residents concerned about the overshadowing, noise, privacy and parking.

Ms Pinniger said she hoped The Kirk would once again be a venue for musicians and artists where “we can have all the fun we used to have”.

Ms Pinniger is best known for her outrageous alter-ego Madam Lash, but she also dressed up as the Virgin Mary to become the Immaculate Lash. The reality, she said, was “I’m a bit of a recluse”.

“I’ve led a fortunate life, and I’d really like to share it,” she said. “I’d like to be remembered for the girl I really was. I’m an art lover by my own definition.”

Ms Pinniger said she had fond memories of “totally wild parties” at The Kirk, which was used as a gallery and concert space from the early 1970s until she purchased the gothic-style building in 1986, using it for burlesque shows and sex parties.

AC/DC’s Let There Be Rock was filmed inside the church in 1977, with Bon Scott standing in the pulpit.



Magistrate loosens cuffs on bondage photographers

BDSM Media News Posted on Sat, October 31, 2020 02:45:34

Source: Insideimaging.com.au.

AUSTRALIA – Sydney bondage photographer, Garth Knight, has been granted bail after spending almost a month in custody following his arrest for the alleged sexual assault of two models during photo shoots.

Knight, 48, was charged with sexual intercourse without consent and aggravated sexual assault, relating to alleged incidents occurring at a Surry Hills warehouse in 2005, and a Waterloo home in 2011.

He was initially denied bail after his arrest last month, but has now been granted a conditional release in return for a $480,000 bond, along with a series of conditions including being banned from any activity involving photographing nude persons or any women, or being present during any shoot involving a woman or naked person. According to The Australian, he must report daily to Redfern police station, and must not contact any woman who has modelled for him, with the exception of his partner.

Knight primarily uses photography to showcase installations he creates using humans and rope. He describes himself as a ‘sculpturalist’, who ‘photographs rope and bodies as sculptural forms’, using a Japanese erotic bondage tradition called Shibari. Both alleged victims were tied up at the time of the alleged assaults.

Police have been investigating the photographer since May, when a woman filed a report with Police regarding the alleged incident from 2005. A second report then came from a woman who alleged she was sexually assaulted during a photo shoot at a Waterloo home in 2011 when she was 33.

When Knight was initially denied bail his solicitor, Phillip Ryan, claimed the photographer had previous sexual contact with one claimant prior to the alleged incident, and had discussed engaging in sexual contact with other model prior to the photo shoot.



Australian Bondage photographer on assault charges

BDSM Media News Posted on Thu, October 01, 2020 03:38:00

Source: QT.com.au.

AUSTRALIA – SIDNEY – A Sydney-based bondage photographer has been refused bail after being charged with sexually assaulting two models during photo shoots six years apart.

Garth Knight was refused bail by Magistrate Robert Williams on Friday when he appeared in Sydney’s Central Local Court.

Knight has been charged with sexual intercourse without consent and aggravated sex assault (deprive liberty) relating to two alleged incidents at a Surry Hills warehouse in 2005 and a home in Waterloo in 2011.

The 48-year-old appeared in court via audiovisual link from Surry Hills Police Station where he was being held following his arrest at a Redfern home on Friday morning.

His solicitor Phillip Ryan applied for him to be freed on bail, saying Knight had sexual contact with one of the complainants prior to the alleged incident.

Mr Ryan also said Knight had discussed engaging in sexual contact prior to the photo shoot with the second alleged victim.

However, Mr Williams ordered Knight to remain in custody despite the possibility of him remaining behind bars for an extended period of time as a result of delays in court proceedings as a result of COVID-19.

Mr Williams described the prosecution case as “strong” and noted that if found guilty, Knight was facing the possibility of a lengthy custodial sentence.

Police received the first allegation in May 2020 when a woman told police she had been sexually assaulted while working as a model at a Surry Hills warehouse in 2005 when she was 35.

Police received a second report from a woman who alleged she was sexually assaulted during a photo shoot at a home in Waterloo in 2011 when she was 33.

The court heard police had obtained messages in which Mr Knight had allegedly apologised to one of the complainants about his conduct.

The court also heard both alleged victims were tied up at the time of the alleged assaults and unable to escape.

Knight’s Instagram account, which has more than 16,000 followers, shows numerous examples of his work in which he suspends naked male and female models using ropes and other materials.

He has been described as being “trained in the tradition of Shibari rope tying” or Japanese erotic bondage.

In a 2013 interview he said: “Bondage is the practice of tying and restraining people, usually using rope.

“It is practised for many different reasons. It can induce meditative states, produce feelings of connection and closeness between people; it is used erotically for heightened awareness and intimacy and, in a sadomasochistic setting, for power play.”

Detective Chief Inspector Rod Hart said on Friday that four detectives assigned to the case had worked “around the clock” since the allegations were made and were calling out to anyone else who may have been affected.

“The NSW Police Force take allegations of sexual assault very seriously,” he said.

“We have updated resources and technology that we put into these situations … we will create strike forces.

“So I urge anyone in the community who has been a victim of sexual assault who feels as though they can’t come forward to please come forward.”

Detectives have launched Strike Force Nannawilli and will continue to investigate the allegations.

*For 24-hour sexual violence support call the national hotline 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or MensLine on 1800 600 636.   

Originally published as Bondage photographer on assault charges

See more and larger photo’s on: QT.com.au


Bondage courses, pleasure rooms and tantric massages: Inside Australia’s top nudist retreat and its answer to the Playboy Mansion dubbed ‘The Cave’

BDSM Media News Posted on Sat, February 08, 2020 02:47:45
  •  Noosa nudist retreat touted as Australia’s answer to the Playboy Mansion
  •  The venue is run by a 70-year-old man and features bondage courses
  •  He also offers tantric massages and pleasure rooms, including ‘The Cave’
  • The Cave features a spa, massage beds and can be rented by multiple couples

Source: Dailymail.co.uk.

AUSTRALIA – A nudist retreat primarily used by couples over the age of 50 has been touted as Australia’s answer to the Playboy Mansion.

Rainer Mueckenberger runs the Noosa Edge Paradise facility, which is hidden in plain sight in holiday haven of Noosa, on the Sunshine Coast.

The 70-year-old naturist offers bondage courses, tantric massages and pleasure rooms for his guests, as well as an onsite gym.

Romantic rock cave spa treatments for couples can also be purchased separately in ‘The Cave’ where people have the option of nestling into ceiling-high bubbles.

The Cave shares similarities with the original Playboy Mansion cave spa, which lit up at night and was often used for Hugh Hefner’s infamous parties. 

Mr Mueckenberger believes he has created an oasis where people, particularly couples who are later in life, can reconnect with their sensual sides and explore their sexual curiosities.  

‘Here you can be free of your restrictions,’ he told Sunshine Coast Daily. 

He said plenty of his clients are working professionals who feel they can come inside and drop their inhibitions.

‘They want to drop their police uniform or their building uniform,’ he said. ‘You drop all your clothes and we are all the same.’

Mr Mueckenberger previously told StartsAt60 the general assumption when he discusses his facility is that it hosts swingers events.

‘I have a naturist retreat, I don’t promote swingers parties but if you ring up and explain you want to rent The Cave for the night, I will book that,’ he said.

In some cases, The Cave has been hired by more than one couple in a night.

‘People want to come here to explore and play,’ he said. ‘If they’ve been married for a certain amount of years, they might become too shy to actually talk about their fantasies and fetishes. 

Room prices start at about $280 per night and go up to $400 per night, but services come at an extra cost.

A specially designed BDSM room stocked with chains, gags, ropes, a suspension cross, whipping benches and floggers are also available for an additional cost.

With enough notice, the venue can also make experienced dominatrix’s available.  

The experiences are open to anybody over the age of 18, but Mr Mueckenberger previously said most of his clients were in their 50s or 60s. 

Nosa Edge Paradise BDSM
See more and larger photo’s on: Dailymail.co.uk.