Shrink marries child rapist, converts to Islam and wears the burqa now. What a career!
Prison psychologist converted to Islam and married an infamous Skaf gang rapist – after she was fired for her relationship with ANOTHER member she met in a sex offenders’ program
- Psychologist Joanne Natalie Senior, 36, married a Skaf gang rapist
- The former psychologist converted to Islam and is living with the man
- It is her second relationship with a member from the notorious Skaf gang
A former prison psychologist has converted to Islam and married a member of the Skaf gang notorious for raping teenagers across Sydney in 2000.
The former psychologist Joanne Natalie Senior, 36, converted to Islam after marrying the Skaf gang member who was released in 2013 – and it is her second relationship with a man from the Skaf gang, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.
Her husband was one of nine men responsible for a string of gang rapes across Sydney in 2000 led by Bilal Skaf, which a judge described as ‘worse than murder’.
The 36-year-old Joanne Senior married the gang rapist, changed her name to her husband’s and is living with her partner and her parents in western Sydney.
The convicted rapist, who was serving time in Parklea prison, cannot be identified because he was 17 when he raped two girls in 2000. One was a 13-year-old and another in a separate assault was a 14-year-old committed with one of nine men responsible for the gang rapes across Sydney in 2000.
The Skaf gang member was requested by parole officers to provide the name of his wife to work out if she was an ‘appropriate person’ as a partner for him.
Despite breaking his parole terms in refusing to give out information about his wife – Joanne Natalie Senior – his parole was never revoked, according to a Corrective Services spokeswoman.
Joanne Natalie Senior was a psychologist at Parklea prison but was struck off in 2015
The publication claims Senior ran a sex offenders’ program in Parklea prison back in 2010 and 2011.
She began her relationship with a man, whose name was suppressed at the time of the Skaf trials because of his mental and intellectual disabilities.
She visited the prisoner 24 times in jail without authorities realising she was an employee, which included organising a special birthday surprise for him.
During this relationship she took his surname, moved in with his mother and engaged in phone sex where he allowed him to call her ‘a sl**’.
Bilal Skaf was the leader of the gang that raped teenagers across Sydney in 2000
The relationship with the man, who is now on parole, came to an end in 2012, before she was suspended from Corrective Services.
Senior was subsequently disqualified from practising psychology in 2015 after admitting to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal that she entered into relationship with the man.
Forensic psychologist James Ogloff, said psychologists can become emotionally vulnerable when working with inmates.
He said the ‘forbidden attraction’ can play a role as the reason psychologists fall for an inmate often during time of stress divorce or a bad relationship.
Bilal Skaff led the Skaf gang in a series of sickening rape attacks back in 2000
Parole law flaw: struck-off prison psychologist’s secret marriage to Skaf gang rapist
A prison psychologist who was struck off for having a relationship with a Skaf gang rapist has married another member of the notorious child rape gang who has repeatedly hidden it from his parole officers.
Joanne Natalie Senior, 36, has changed her name to her husband’s, converted to Islam and brought her husband to live with her and her parents in south-west Sydney.
Fairfax Media has obtained explosive parole documents revealing that Ms Senior married the gang rapist about 2013 just after he was released on parole from Parklea prison, where Ms Senior had worked as a sex offenders’ psychologist during a 10-year career.
Her 32-year-old husband, who can only be identified as M, refused at least eight directions from parole authorities to provide the name of his bride.
Parole officers needed her details to determine if she was an “appropriate person” and if she had children in her care as that may have contravened his Child Sex Offenders Registry requirements.
Despite M’s continual refusals and their own intelligence that indicated his wife was Ms Senior, authorities never deemed it enough to revoke his parole.
One insider said the revelations are symptomatic of widespread issues within the parole industry, described as ineffective, inept and ill-equipped to supervise criminals.
“The parole officers have no clue how to manage these guys – little to no training, no experience and some just don’t care much,” the insider said.
M cannot be identified because he was 17 when he raped two girls in 2000, one a 13-year-old bound with tape and forced to have oral sex in a Greenacre park.
The second assault of a 14-year-old on a train at Punchbowl was committed with one of nine males responsible for a series of gang rapes across Sydney in 2000 led by Bilal Skaf.
A judge described the Skaf attacks as “worse than murder” and “what you hear or read about only in the context of wartime atrocities”.
M was described by a judge as having an exaggerated sense of entitlement and being highly likely to reoffend.
It’s believed that M and a Skaf gang rapist, known as H, both participated in an intensive sex offenders’ program led by Ms Senior in Parklea around 2010 to 2011.
Ms Senior struck up a relationship while treating H, whose identity was also suppressed during the Skaf trials due to his mental and intellectual disabilities.
She organised a special birthday party for him in prison, took on his surname, moved in with his mother and obtained a passport and false phone numbers with her new name and used it to visit H in prison 24 times without authorities realising she was an employee.
In one call, the pair had phone sex and Ms Senior let H call her “a slut”.
The relationship with H, who is now 33 and on parole, ended in 2012, the same year she was suspended from Corrective Services and started a relationship with M.
She was struck off in 2015 by the Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) for the “reprehensible” relationship with H.
Forensic psychologist Luke Broomhall told a HCCC hearing in 2014 that H’s use of “slut” demonstrated a power play to exert dominance over Ms Senior and objectify women. Given his history of rape, it would have significantly impaired his rehabilitation, he said.
Ms Senior provided a statement to the hearing. In a fact only now revealed, she was married to M at the time.
She told the HCCC she had been burnt out, exhausted and depressed and that prevented her from being aware of escalating “transference and countertransference” with H.
“This has led to what I can only describe as being self-defeating and compromising behaviour, and that such actions on my part are completely out of character,” she said.
Countertransference is the redirection of a therapist’s feelings towards a client and is often a reaction to transference, a phenomenon in which the client redirects feelings for others onto the therapist.
Forensic psychologist James Ogloff, who has written reports on similar cases, said they are not uncommon and usually snowball after an emotional connection is made.
“In my supervision of people, I always say a psychologist’s needs must never be met in the relationship. It is a one-sided relationship,” he said. “That can change at a period of time when the psychologist is emotionally vulnerable. At times of stress, divorce, a bad relationship.”
He said prisoners often have manipulative personalities and the element of “forbidden attraction” usually plays a role.
A Corrective Services spokeswoman declined to outline safeguards in place to detect inappropriate relationships.
“All CSNSW staff are required to abide by a strict code of conduct and must declare any association with an inmate or offender,” she said.
The spokeswoman confirmed that M’s parole was never revoked for continual breaches and refusals to give information about his wife.
In his parole notes, the Bankstown Community Corrections Office said his conduct was “unsatisfactory, characterised by non-compliance with reasonable directions” and “intentionally deceptive behaviour”.
In one instance, he brought his wife to a parole meeting but she refused to take her burqa off or say who she was.
He came under police attention for several Child Protection Registry breaches.
He was detected speeding on the M5 at 1am in Ms Senior’s car, which he had failed to list with police. He claimed he was driving at that time to attend a 24-hour donut outlet at the airport.
Corrective Services said he was charged with a criminal offence in December 2013 and returned to prison until he was found not guilty in 2014 and released. His parole expires on Sunday.
It’s believed Ms Senior is not working and may be studying while raising children.
After first telling Fairfax Media that she was not Joanne Senior, she declined repeated requests for comment.