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GPS tracking of pedophiles launched after successful Courier-Mail campaign
The first step in around-the-clock monitoring of pedophiles will be taken today, with five of the state's most dangerous
sex offenders to be fitted with GPS tracking devices.
A total of 67 individuals living in transitional housing at Wacol will be fitted with the new devices.
The introduction of GPS trackers followed a community campaign in which more than 10,000 Queenslanders signed a Courier-Mail
petition calling for the State Government to roll out the technology as soon as possible.
Corrective Services Minister Neil Roberts announced the State Government would spend $13.7 million over four years to
introduce the new GPS systems.
The Courier-Mail revealed in May there were 152 breaches of monitoring conditions by 53 pedophiles released from custody,
including one who tried to abduct a boy from a skate park.
It also revealed electronic monitoring under-performed when it came to supervising sex offenders and their physical
movements away from home or after hours.
Mr Roberts said the GPS technology would enhance existing radio-based monitoring systems but would not replace the
vigilance of staff in the field.
Abakus Elmotech won the contract to supply the trackers earlier this month, following a successful trial of the devices
by 30 staff from the Department of Corrective Services in August.
Tagged volunteers went to the beach, the gym, up mountain ranges and through tunnels as part of the week-long trial of
Under the scheme, a total of 67 "high-risk" offenders convicted under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act
will be fitted-out with GPS trackers.
One will be serial pedophile
Raymond Yeo, 66, who was released in July, and has a criminal history dating back to when he was 13.
Douglas Brian Jackway, 32, who was jailed for raping a nine-year-old girl in 1995 and is due to be released from the
Brisbane Correctional Centre at Wacol in February, is also expected to be fitted with a GPS tracker upon his release
into transitional accommodation.
Mr Roberts said he expected all 67 serious sex offenders would be fitted with the GPS trackers by early 2012.
"All sex offenders fitted with GPS will be tracked on a 24/7 basis, with a specialist surveillance team working around
the clock to monitor their movements," he said.
Several high-profile Queenslanders, such as Olympian Susie O'Neill, hairdressing icon Stefan Ackerie, rugby league legend
Darren Lockyer and child rape victim Sharon Tomlinson, added weight to The Courier-Mail campaign.
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Dirty dozen predators monitored
Twelve of the state's most dangerous sex offenders will soon be fitted with GPS trackers after a successful test run.
The Courier-Mail can reveal a statewide trial of four of the GPS devices proved the technology could adequately monitor sex predators around the clock.
The introduction follows a community campaign in which more than 10,000 Queenslanders signed a Courier-Mail petition calling for the State
Government to roll out the technology as soon as possible.
Police and Corrective Services Minister Neil Roberts said last week's successful trial involved 30 staff, 20 of whom were fitted with the bracelets.
"They got them to go to a whole range of actual areas - no-go areas, tunnels, walk through the city (and) meet with people - to see if two
people who weren't supposed to meet actually did," he said. "So they created a whole range of scenarios that (Corrective Services officers)
would be expected to monitor as to whether a person was complying with their order."
Mr Roberts would not reveal specific details about the devices on the grounds it would compromise the procurement process but he said the
worst-of-the-worst offenders would be subjected to GPS tracking by the end of the year.
One will be serial pedophile Raymond Yeo, 66, who was released last month and has a criminal history dating to when he was 13.
Douglas Brian Jackway, 32, who was jailed for raping a nine-year-old girl in 1995 and is due to be released from the Brisbane Correctional
Centre in Wacol in February, also is expected to be fitted with a GPS tracker on his release.
Mr Roberts said 69 "high risk" sex offenders convicted under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act were currently living in the
community, but it would take a while for the new devices to be rolled out.
"Obviously our intention is that everyone who's got an order will wear the GPS device and obviously we want to roll it out as quickly as
possible," he said. "It's not a costing issue, we've got the money - it's simply we'll fit the first 10 or 12 and (then) the rest down.
I don't want to put a time on it, but it's not going to take a year and I would expect it's well within six months."
The State Government has earmarked $13.7 million over four years to replace the cheaper electronic tags currently used which only ensured
offenders met curfew conditions. These were triggered only when a pedophile was not at home or work at specified times.
The Courier-Mail revealed in May that there were 152 breaches of monitoring conditions by 53 pedophiles released into the community,
including one who tried to abduct a boy from a skate park.
The State Government is also liaising with the NSW Government, which already monitors dangerous pedophiles via GPS.
"The major cost is actually the staffing to monitor it. It's not the hardware," Mr Roberts said.
"You've got to have people actually monitoring the systems, all the reports the offenders need to fill out with
their case manager - it's all of that human resource that makes up the bulk of the cost."
People power leads to GPS tracking devices for sex offenders
Prominent Queenslanders and victim support groups who stood united in their call for GPS tracking to monitor the state's most
dangerous sex offenders have applauded the State Government for finally committing to stricter scrutiny.
It comes as more than 6000 Queenslanders signed The Courier-Mail's petition calling for the State Government to roll out the technology as soon as possible.
Bruce Morcombe, father of missing Sunshine Coast teenager Daniel, supported the State Government's decision to listen to the public.
"Obviously, we see this as a good thing because what has been available to date, we just haven't been able to get right," he said.
"People can identify that these people have rights, as we all do, but there is also an emotional side here where people tend to say, once you have a couple of strikes, it's bad luck and throw away the key."
Sharon Tomlinson, who was raped at gunpoint at 2 by a serial sex offender who is now due for release, said GPS tracking was a great step forward.
However, Ms Tomlinson feared it wouldn't be soon enough for the release of Robert John Fardon, who was sentenced to 13 years' jail in 1980 for raping her and wounding her 15-year-old sister.
"I still don't have any doubt he will breach his parole again," she said.
Fardon was released on parole after serving eight years and within just 20 days he committed offences of rape and sodomy and was sentenced to another 14 years.
Bravehearts executive director Hetty Johnston said the Government's announcement was fantastic. "Kids are going to be safer, and it is really children who I think are going to be saved," she said.
"Thank you to The Courier-Mail and to the Premier, as well, for listening."
The Courier-Mail (7-6-2011)
GPS monitoring for Queensland sex offenders
Queensland's worst sex offenders will be tracked with GPS technology by next year.
Premier Anna Bligh says $2.2 million will be set aside in next week's state budget to introduce the technology, which will monitor the whereabouts of former prisoners under supervision orders.
She said 70 offenders now living in the community would begin to be fitted with the devices by the end of the year.
A further 16 up for possible release from jails over the next 12 months could also qualify.
All qualifying offenders will have devices by the first half of 2012.
"These people are the worst of the worst. These are the people that our courts determine cannot be released back into the community without strict supervision," she told reporters.
The offenders are already subject to supervision and a radio-based monitoring system that alerts authorities if they break curfews, but Ms Bligh said the government wanted to keep pace with technology.
She said the move was not a reaction to a public campaign for the technology, saying she had wanted to bring the program in last year but the state couldn't afford it then.
Corrective Services Minister Neil Roberts said the technology provided another layer of protection for children but would not replace the vigilance of staff who monitor sex offenders in the community.
"This type of monitoring forms the backbone of Queensland's sex offender supervision regime," he said.
"We give these offenders no quarter.
"If they do not comply with the terms of their supervision order, swift action is taken by corrective services personnel, including returning to jail."
Queensland Corrective Services commissioner Kelvin Anderson said GPS still had some limitations, requiring satellite and phone coverage to work.
But he said Corrective Services would go to market to look for the best technology that would stand up to scrutiny.
The program is expected to cost $13.7 million over the next four years.
Opposition Deputy Leader Tim Nicholls welcomed the decision but said the government had only acted because of public pressure.
"Clearly the government has been found wanting and has had to react in order to meet the dictates of the media cycle rather than planning for the future as a competent and effective government should do," he told reporters.
Show support for safety of our kids by signing petition for GPS tracking of sex offenders- QLD
QUEENSLAND'S children are its future. They deserve our nurture, encouragement and protection if they are to thrive in the way they deserve.
This has been a long-held article of faith for The Courier-Mail and has defined our reporting over many years.
We have fought to protect foster children from abusive carers, chipped away at the wall of secrecy that has stopped parents knowing how their children's schools perform and we have campaigned against damaging schoolyard bullying.
We have also encouraged ventures that showcase the best of our children such as the world-class annual Creative Generation performances.
The Courier-Mail Children's Fund has handed out more than $2 million in the past six years and we continually look for ways to help better children's lives, such as The Courier-Mail Capilano Spelling Bee expecting more than 30,000 online participants this year.
But one dark shadow hangs over the lives of too many children in Queensland. It is the threat from dangerous pedophiles who have no regard for the rights of children, no regard for the laws of the state and, despite strong legislation, appear to be able to roam free.
This newspaper over the past week has highlighted how inadequate monitoring gives convicted pedophiles, classed as dangerous, the freedom to roam around parks, schools and shops frequented by kids.
Last Monday, we revealed 152 incidents in the past year in which 53 offenders had breached release conditions.
We have shown a simple way in which this can be dealt with by the use of satellite (or GPS) tracking to continually monitor their location.
On Friday, we revealed that 2676 Queensland taxis, 13 crocodiles, 16 humpback whales and 144 Brisbane rubbish trucks are among the thousands fitted with GPS tracking. The Sunday Mail revealed yesterday that GPS tracking had been extended to turtles.
But the state has refused to extend it to pedophiles even after clear signals from the courts that legislation to keep the worst offenders in jail does not hold constitutional water.
This legislation is well-based but pushes the edge of constitutional law. It frequently fails to achieve its stated aim of protecting children from dangerous criminals and lacks the support law enforcers need to keep tabs on pedophiles highly likely to reoffend.
Right now, they wear bracelets that don't track movements but merely records when they leave home. It's mid-20th century technology in a world that requires 21st century solutions.
Premier Anna Bligh blames the Budget. While her fiscal abstemiousness is to be applauded, it needs a rethink. The state should trash some other programs to pay for Queensland children to be protected from these criminals.
But she clearly needs encouragement. So, today, we launch a petition to urge the state to fit the dangerous pedophiles with GPS tracking devices.
You can print out the petition from the link at the bottom of the front page of the app, fill it with signatures and return it to us on the address shown. Or pledge your support online at couriermail.com.au where you can also print out the petition.
Governments act when people tell them what they think. This is your chance to tell them what you think about how to simply solve a serious social problem.
* David Fagan is editor-in-chief of The Courier-Mail and Sunday Mail
The Courier-Mail May 30, 2011
Bligh Government shuns use of GPS devices to track sex fiends despite widespread use elsewhere
THE use of GPS technology has become so reliable it is used to track humpback whales, train athletes and find dementia patients - but is not good enough for Queensland's worst sex predators.
The State Government refuses to harness GPS tracking, despite plans by NSW and Victoria to maintain a 24-hour watch on similar parolees.
Another dangerous sex offender, who was convicted of raping the 38-year-old wife of a close relative and indecently dealing with two girls, aged 5 and 10, was freed from jail on Thursday.
On Monday, notorious pedophile Robert John Fardon, who has repeatedly breached his supervision order, is expected to be released.
The Courier-Mail revealed this week that 53 of the most dangerous sex offenders in Queensland had contravened their supervision orders 152 times in the past year, despite the Government's assurances about current laws.
Breaches included trying to abduct a child at a park, touching children at a birthday party, threatening to rape and viewing child pornography.
Justice Peter Lyons yesterday ordered the 52-year-old man who raped his relative's wife be released on a supervision order.
Under the conditions, he must regularly report to Corrective Services officers, abide by a curfew and abstain from drugs and alcohol and is also forbidden from having contact with girls under 16.
Without GPS tracking, police are powerless to maintain a 24-hour watch on his movements, but the technology is so versatile it is now in seven million Australian phones.
Parents are turning to the devices to protect their children and professional carers in Brisbane rely on it to protect dementia sufferers.
"One of our clients puts one of our devices in their child's school bag before she heads off on a 45-minute bus ride to school," said Claude Raiola, one of a growing number of GPS entrepreneurs in southeast Queensland.
Another is Logan's Find-Me Technologies, which has developed a GPS watch complete with a panic button and phone capability that it sells to carers of dementia patients.
"We're tracking people that need to be tracked because they're not capable of looking after themselves," Find-Me director Bruce Jeffers said.
The company's attempts to use the device on sex offenders has been stonewalled by the Queensland Government but it is drawing up a recommendation for the UK Government.
Telsyte research director Foad Fadaghi said that in Australia there were more than seven million mobile phones and hundreds of thousands of private cars equipped with reliable GPS technology.
A snapshot of the widespread use of GPS technology:
- Over 7 million Australian mobile phones with GPS are in use today
- At least 2676 Queensland taxis
- 13 crocodiles in the Wenlock River were tagged in 2010
- 5 cassowaries were tagged near Mission Beach in 2010
- 16 humpback wales
- 1 great white shark called Grim
- Most NRL teams for training purposes
- Most AFL teams for training purposes
- a small number of Australian parents with "vulnerable" adult children or minors
- several Brisbane private care homes with dementia patients
- an undisclosed number of pets in the US
- 30,000 privately-owned trucks, buses and transport vehicles across Queensland
- 17 Brisbane City Council Citycats
- 9 Brisbane City Council ferries
- 144 Brisbane City Council rubbish and garbage trucks
- US prisons started using GPS in 1998
- UK prisons started using GPS in 2004
- NSW prisons started using GPS in 2007
- UK Govt aim to use GPS on 3000 released prisoners
- an undisclosed number of pets in the US
- 1000s of US campers and skiers
- 1000s of migratory wader birds that fly from the Arctic to Moreton Bay
- Ergon Energy plans to erect 1000 GPS stations by December 2012, to locate people in distress with a mobile phone
- trials are being done on prisoners and parolees in Brazil
- Mining staff give staff personal GPS devices in high-risk kidnap zones
The Courier-Mail 27-5-2011
James O'Loan, Brooke Baskin and Mark Oberhardt
GPS units being used to track mentally ill but Bligh Government refuses to use them for sex offenders
Carers are using matchbox-size GPS units to track mentally ill patients, while the State Government refuses to use similar technology to monitor sex offenders.
The readily available devices, which cost just $400 each and $150 for a year's supply of tracking software, also are being used by transport and logistics companies to monitor staff and stock across Australia.
The Courier-Mail executed a successful trial run of the lightweight devices around Brisbane's inner-north.
While office staff monitored every move on computers, a reporter placed a GPT001 unit in a pocket and visited a park, primary school, childcare centre and shopping centre before travelling by train from Nundah to Bowen Hills.
The Brisbane supplier of the GPT001 units, OzSpy, claimed the devices were increasingly popular and adaptable, with some private care homes sewing them into patient's clothes in case they wandered off and became lost, or into harm's way.
"I probably sell two to three a week just from this store," OzSpy Everton Park franchisee Eric Hunter said.
The Government has undertaken several reviews into GPS monitoring for sex offenders in the past five years, but Police Minister Neil Roberts wouldn't reveal the cost, saying it was variable.
"The cost to implement GPS monitoring depends on a number of factors including the type of technology chosen and the number of offenders to be monitored," he said.
"Electronic monitoring currently used by Queensland Corrective Services is an effective tool to monitor compliance with curfews, however we continue to review the effectiveness and reliability of GPS technology for use in Queensland."
His comments come days after The Courier-Mail revealed 53 of the the most dangerous sex offenders in Queensland had contravened their
supervision orders 152 times in the past year.
It is also just days before the expected release by the Supreme Court of notorious pedophile
Robert John Fardon,
who has spent more than 30 years in jail for sex offences against children and women, despite numerous breaches following previous community supervision orders.
The NSW Government adopted GPS trackers for its worst sex offenders four years ago, hailing the move a success.
The Victorian Government has pledged to trial its own GPS monitoring program for dangerous offenders living in the community at an estimated cost of $5 million over four years.
Currently the state's most dangerous sex offenders are tracked by antiquated radio monitoring devices fitted to their ankles that don't continously mark their movements just triggered when they are not at their homes or workplaces at designated times.
Barring some technical glitches, GPS trackers provide continuous monitoring to desktop computers and smartphones, informing authorities if offenders are in restricted or high-risk zones.
Authorities would have a powerful tool, similar in effect to CCTV, that places a person at a crime scene.
The Courier-Mail (26-5-2011)
James O'Loan/ Alison Sandy
Sex predators in Queensland roam free with out-of-date tracking devices
Sex predators in Queensland are roaming free wearing antiquated tracking devices while authorities across the border use updated satellite technology with "huge success".
There are 72 dangerous sex offenders living in the Queensland community tagged with radio frequency-based electronic monitoring devices fitted to their ankles.
An alert is sent to Queensland Corrective Services when the device moves out of range from a monitoring unit outside of approved curfews.
However, the antiquated devices are prone to failure, The Courier-Mail revealing this week there had been 152 breaches of supervision orders by 53 sex offenders in the past year.
GPS-enabled tracking devices have been used by NSW authorities since 2007, with 40 serious sex offenders and high-risk offenders fitted with a GPS tracking device.
"The monitoring system has been a huge success," a NSW Corrective Services spokeswoman said.
Despite that success, Police and Corrective Services Minister Neil Roberts wouldn't commit to an upgrade, saying the Government continued to assess its feasibility.
State Government reviews into GPS span five years.
"Queensland Corrective Services continues to review the effectiveness and reliability of GPS technology," he said.
"However, GPS technology is not a silver bullet. Nothing can replace the vigilance of staff in the field who are already checking the whereabouts of offenders and their movements."
Mr Roberts ruled out naming and shaming pedophiles but said neighbours were told when a dangerous sex offender moved in.
"What Queensland Corrective Services will do is when one of the high-risk offenders is to be released under a supervision order, in the main they will go to the transitional housing first, because you can never place them in the community," he said.
"They will do targeted consultation before a person is released into a particular area they will talk to the neighbours it's done on a confidential basis.
"But in terms of broad-scale publication of offenders' photographs, where they live, on the internet, no, we don't support that."
In the US, 225 sex offenders have been subject to GPS monitoring in New Jersey in its first two years and only one had been charged with a new sex crime.
"Significantly, only one of these high-risk sex offenders has been charged with a new sex crime while under GPS supervision," a report by the state parole board stated.
"The sex offender was arrested at the crime scene, a rape that occurred in April 2006.
"Even if the sex offender had left the scene, however, GPS data was available to pinpoint his presence at the time and place of the crime, and was ready to serve as a vital aid to the investigation."
A 2006 report found that the cost of GPS tracking of prisoners in the US was about $8 a day.
Hetty Johnson, founder of victim support group Bravehearts, said satellite technology would cost too much and argued dangerous pedophiles
shouldn't be released into the community at all.
"It's not just about punishment, it's about community safety," she said.
"I can't understand why offenders are knowingly released when it's not safe."
The Courier-Mail May (25-5-2011)
Alison Sandy/ James O'Loan
Full list of supervision order breaches by Queensland sex offenders
IT'S a sobering list every Queensland parent should read.
These are the breaches of release supervision orders committed by this state's worst sex offenders.
CONTRAVENTIONS OF SUPERVISION ORDERS BY DANGEROUS SEX OFFENDERS
January 2: Failed to answer surveillance telephone calls
January 4: Tampered with electronic monitoring bracelet
January 5: Failed to report to Corrective Services
January 5: Visited a public park
January 6: Charged with serious assault, wilful damage and dangerous operation of a vehicle
January 7: Failed to attend a psychologist appointment
January 12: Lied about where he had been visiting
January 12: Failed to meet curfew
January 13: Failed to report to Corrective Services
January 14: Failed to report to Corrective Services
January 14: Punched a hole in the wall of his taxpayer-funded house
January 17: Positive blood alcohol test of 0.062 per cent
January 19: Failed to report to Corrective Services
January 20: Failed to attend psychologist appointments
January 28: Unauthorised contact with his 15-year-old daughter over the phone and internet including though Facebook
January 31: Failed to meet curfew
February 1: Failed illicit drug test
February 4: Failed to meet curfew
February 5: Unauthorised meeting with his female partner
February 8: Lied about his whereabouts
February 8: Positive drug test for opiates
February 9: Failed illicit drug test
February 10: Failed to report for a drug and alcohol test
February 11: Unapproved contact with children under the age of 16 after offering a ride to his nieces
February 16: Waved at a three-year-old girl on a train
February 16: Lied about his whereabouts
February 18: Failed to attend drug and alcohol counselling
March 3: Positive illicit drug test
March 4: Failed to meet curfew
March 7: Missed a drug and alcohol test
March 8: Positive illicit drug test
March 9: Failed to meet curfew
March 12: Failed to meet curfew
March 13: Failed to meet curfew
March 15: Lied about his whereabouts
March 19: Positive blood alcohol test of 0.22 per cent
March 24: Breached curfew
March 25: Failed to report to Corrective Services
March 28: Failed to meet curfew
April 15: Failed to report to Corrective Services over the phone
April 15: Found in possession of drug paraphernalia
April 15: Failed a drug test and admitted to smoking a "joint".
April 20: Positive illicit drug test for cannabis
April 20: Failed to attend a rehabilitation program
April 22: Positive drug test for opiates
April 22: Failed to meet curfew
April 28: Failed to get authorised leave
May 2: Failed to meet curfew
May 4: Failed to attend a rehabilitation program
May 6: Failed to report to Corrective Services
May 10: Visited shopping centre without approval and failed to take medication to reduce his sex drive
May 11: Lied about his whereabouts, who he was with and failed to meet curfew. Was caught on CCTV
May 14: Contact with children under the age of 16
May 15: A female friend stayed overnight
May 20: Failed to meet curfew
May 21: Visited a shopping centre without approval
May 26: Late to report to Corrective Services officer
May 31: Accused of sexual harassment
June 2: Failed to report to Corrective Services
June 9: Positive alcohol test
June 10: 12 minutes late to report to Corrective Services officer
June 10: Positive alcohol test
June 13: Visited church without approval
June 13: Found in a pub and played pokies
June 15: Visited licensed premises and played the pokies
June 16: Visited a shopping centre without permission
June 21: Failed to meet curfew and tampered with electronic monitoring bracelet
June 25: Used a mobile phone to contact other pedophiles
July 1: Contact with unauthorised people
July 12: Failed to show at Corrective Services branch office
July 13: Failed to meet curfew
July 13: Tried to abduct a 12-year-old from a park. The boy managed to escape.
July 19: Positive illicit drug test
July 31: Missed a drug and alcohol test
August 4: Failed to meet curfew
August 5: Positive illicit drug test
August 7: Contact with two boys under the age of 16, touching them on the shoulder and abdomen and giving out his mobile phone number
August 17: Positive illicit drug test
August 17: Maintained a friendship with a woman who had a daughter
August 17: Had contact with two boys aged under 16 at a birthday party and drove them to school
August 21: Visited Gold Class cinema where alcohol was sold
September 2: Unauthorised phone calls
September 3: Sent threatening text messages
September 7: Phoned 13-year-old son of his ex-partner
September 9: Phoned and sent a text message to another pedophile
September 11: Undisclosed contravention of order
September 14: Went missing for six hours and failed to meet curfew
September 19: Failed to meet curfew
September 22: Visited premises with a children's play area
September 23: 130 phone calls with a woman who had two children under the age of 16
September 25: Failed to meet curfew
September 30: Failed to contact Corrective Services on the phone
October 3: Failed to meet curfew
October 5: Failed to report to Corrective Services
October 10: Failed to meet curfew
October 11: Failed to report to Corrective Services
October 12: Failed to meet curfew
October 14: Accepted a lift from another dangerous sex offender
October 18: Aggressive or intimidating to another person
October 18: Failed to attend rehabilitation program
October 18: Viewed child pornographic images on the internet
October 20: Failed to phone a supervisor after a court appearance
October 22: Violent or aggressive to another person
October 22: Visited a shopping centre
October 22: Viewed child pornographic images on internet
October 25: Failed to contact Corrective Services
October 25: Failed to attend rehabilitation program
October 29: Repeated contact with a male under the age of 16
November 1: Failed to meet curfew
November 4: Failed to report to Corrective Services
November 5: Purchased a mobile phone with a camera without authorisation
November 17: Admitted to having two mobile phones
November 18: Failed to meet curfew
November 19: Failed to meet curfew
November 20: Failed to meet curfew
November 25: Failed to attend psychiatrist appointment
November 26: Failed to attend counselling with psychologist
November 29: Failed to attend rehabilitation program
December 1: Failed to meet curfew
December 2: Failed to report to Corrective Services
December 2: Failed to attend psychologist appointment
December 3: Failed to meet curfew
December 5: Failed to meet curfew
December 5: Visited licensed premises
December 8: Positive illicit drug test
December 9: Failed to report to Corrective Services
December 12: Failed to comply with a direction from a Corrective Services officer
December 16: Failed to complete a random breath test
December 17: Failed to meet curfew and charged with wilful damage
December 17: Failed to attend counselling session
December 30: Failed to notify officers of computer usage
January 4: Left Queensland without permission but dobbed himself in
January 6: Failed to attend drug and alcohol test
January 12: Failed to meet curfew
January 13: Positive drug test for cannabis
January 13: Phoned his ex-partner and her daughter
January 19: Failed to report to Corrective Services
January 20: Positive drug test for THC
January 21: Failed to attend psychologist appointment for the fifth time in six months
January 21: Failed to comply with a direction from a Corrective Services officer
January 23: Failed to meet curfew
January 24: Bought a mobile phone with a camera without authorisation
January 29: Positive alcohol test
February 2: Failed to attend rehabilitation program
February 5 : Got a job without permission
February 10: Lied about his whereabouts
February 11: Failed to meet curfew
February 12: Unauthorised contact with another pedophile
February 12: Visited licensed premises without approval
February 23: Failed to meet curfew
February 23: Lied about contact with an unauthorised person
February 24: Failed to report to Corrective Services
The Courier Mail 25-5-2011
Alison Sandy and Tony Keim
Dangerous sexual offenders flouting strict conditions when released into community
Release Order: Notorious child rapist Robert John Fardon at a halfway house in 2006
THE most dangerous sex offenders living in the community are repeatedly breaching supervision orders and many continue to
prey on children despite strict conditions.
As the Attorney-General prepares to appeal against a judge's decision to release one of the state's most notorious pedophiles,
The Courier-Mail can reveal there were 152 contraventions in the past year by 53 of 81 released sex offenders.
Breaches include trying to abduct a child at a park, touching children at a birthday party, threatening to rape,
viewing child pornography, continuing a relationship with a 13-year-old boy, and attending places that children frequent.
Others have been caught trying to remove their monitoring bracelet, failing to take anti-libidinal medication which reduces
their sex drive, or taking other illegal drugs such as methamphetamine.
They are mostly pedophiles considered a "high risk" of re-offending, according to Corrective Services documents obtained
under Right to Information. They are the worst-of-the-worst and listed under Queensland's Dangerous Prisoner and Sex Offender Act.
The high-risk sex predators are fitted with radio devices which do not record movements, only sending an alert to a Corrective Services' response
team when an offender is not at home during their curfew.
Another 3780 pedophiles are listed on the Australian National Child Offender Register and monitored by police.
They have recorded 1806 breaches in the past five years.
The Queensland Police Union said there weren't enough resources to effectively monitor pedophiles.
"This Government is endangering children," QPU president Ian Leavers said.
"They need to strengthen legislation immediately and that's made all the more evident by the Fardon farce."
Serial sex offender Robert John Fardon, who pleaded guilty to attempted carnal knowledge of a girl under 10, and raping and indecently dealing with
a 12-year-old and wounding her sister, 15, has repeatedly breached his supervision orders upon release but is expected to be allowed back into the
community again next month after last week's Supreme Court ruling.
The State Government is fighting to keep Fardon, 62, behind bars but Police Minister Neil Roberts said he believed current laws were sufficient.
"Whatever our personal views are of the justice system, the court will determine a sentence and, however horrific the crime, in most cases at some
point that person will be released," he said.
"If you asked me if these people should be released, I'd say my personal opinion is 'no', but we've got to allow the system to objectively assess the
evidence and make a decision.
"In the end, it's not politicians who should determine who should be in or out of jail."
Mr Roberts said the numbers were "quite high in terms of contraventions because police and corrective services give these people no quarter".
Opposition police spokesman John-Paul Langbroek said laws on the release and monitoring of convicted sex offenders need to be toughened.
"What it's basically saying is that too many dangerous sex offenders are breaking their supervision orders and they are a threat to the community," Mr Langbroek said.
"We have to toughen the laws.obviously those laws have to be looked at to make sure that they meet community expectations and the laws at the moment are not."
He said police minister Neil Roberts, who told The Courier-Mail he believed many sex offenders should be kept in jail but thought the current laws
were sufficient, was passing the buck on the issue.
"Clearly the safety of our community, which should be paramount, is being ignored by the government and by a police minister who's happy to fob off
the problem to the courts system," he said.
"What Neil Robertson is saying is that his personal view is that he doesn't think this is OK, but that his government's view is it is OK, and I think
his personal view is what most Queenslanders would agree with."
"It's not OK, it's not OK that this many of these offenders are committing breaches that are of a serious nature and yet
nobody is going to do anything about it."
Recent abduction bids
- A convicted pedophile was wearing a security anklet on July 13 last year, when he allegedly tried to abduct a boy, 12,
at a skate park at Camira, west of Brisbane. He was stopped only after a group of youths followed him.
- A boy, 13, was almost abducted from a shopping centre carpark at Ipswich on January 19. The child was at Booval Fair when
he was approached from behind by a man in an early model Ford Falcon sedan. This followed a string of other abduction attempts that month.
- A man tried to lure a girl, 11, to his car near Mitchelton train station, on January 25. The girl had a phone and the man drove away.
- A boy, 5, fled after being approached by a man with a plaited white beard at a Chermside West park on January 30.
Flouting the law
The Courier-Mail (23-5-2011)
Excerpts of contraventions by dangerous sex offenders. Source: Queensland Corrective Services
- On September 3, 2010, a convicted sex offender was arrested after allegedly threatening in a text to rape and was charged
with threat to cause serious harm. He has since been released on bail.
- On August 7, 2010, a convicted sex offender was reported for ongoing contact with two boys, 14 and 15, including attending
one of their birthday parties where he engaged with other teenagers, touching one on the abdomen, provided gifts and giving his
phone number to one of the boys. He was arrested 10 days later.
- On September 7, 2010, a convicted sex offender was reported for phoning the 13-year-old son of an ex-partner. He explained he
was in contact with the child "consistently throughout his incarceration and assumed it would be acceptable for him to continue".
- On May 31, 2010, a convicted sex offender was accused of "sustained and unwanted approaches of a sexual nature" towards female
students in a letter from several students in his class.
- In June 2009, a convicted sex offender was caught taking photos of a naked 4-year-old girl at South Bank. He was previously jailed
for sex offences against children. He was jailed for 18 months for indecent treatment of a child under 12.
- In July 2008, a convicted sex offender allegedly drugged a young teenage girl with ecstasy and attempted to have sex with her.
He was charged with indecent treatment of a child and supplying dangerous drugs to a minor. He was released on bail.
- In September 2008, a convicted sex offender allegedly showed pornography to naked boys while showering. He was charged with six
counts of indecent treatment of a child.
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