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‘Missing’ sex offenders post pictures and status updates on Facebook

Two registered sex offenders listed as “missing” on a government website have been posting pictures, status updates and even their mobile phone number on Facebook since absconding from authorities.
Both men, who cannot be named for legal reasons, are among 11 people listed as missing registered sex offenders on the Community Protection website. It’s alleged both have breached their reporting conditions.
One of the men posted three Facebook pictures of himself just several days after he went missing on June 3. His profile page also lists the town where he claims to live.
The other man has two Facebook pages. He’s posted 44 status updates on one of the pages since being classified as missing on March 4.
In one post, he declares he’s moving interstate. In another post he actually publishes his mobile phone number.
In another disturbing post he writes: “I’m going Ktown this week to smash with anybody, so be ready to record me with your mobile.”
It comes almost two years after The Sunday Times exposed a similarly embarrassing case where another missing sex offender could easily have been tracked down on the social media site.
That man’s profile page included obvious tip-offs to his location, including details of when he was going to cricket training. He even “checked in” his exact location as “on the couch.’’
He also wrote that he’d be “dropping off the radar” just a month before police said he went missing.
It was just days after the Barnett Government launched the Community Protection website, the first of its kind in Australia.
In addition to the missing offender register it also allows users to view photographs of high-risk sex offenders who live in the same suburb.
Parents can use the database to find out whether a person who has unsupervised contact with their child is a reportable sex offender.
This time last year Police Minister Liza Harvey said the website had “led to the surrender’’ of 10 missing sex offenders.
“It’s already proven an effective tool in reducing the number of man hours spent looking for missing offenders,’’ she said last year.
Ms Harvey declined to comment this week.
Police would only confirm the two men were still missing.
“We will not comment on operational matters in relation to the Community Protection website,” a spokeswoman said.

www.news.com.au (6-7-2014)

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