Paedophile released in WA despite being a “serious danger” to the community

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A 67-year-old paedophile who once re-offended while being driven away from prison is being released into the West Australian community, subject to 47 strict conditions under an eight-year supervision order.

The man, whose name is suppressed, committed serious offences against multiple children over a long period of time and was first convicted of unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl aged under 13 years in 1975 when he was 25 years old.

After he had served 12 years behind bars for a string of child sex offences in 2015, he was declared a dangerous sex offender and a continuing detention order was made.

But he is being released after his second review of the order, despite Supreme Court of WA Justice Gail Archer saying he remained a serious danger to the community.

The risk he would commit another serious sexual offence, if not subject to a supervision order, was still high.

But she accepted his psychiatrist’s opinion he would likely comply with the conditions of such an order, was “highly motivated” not to re-offend and had shown an increased level of insight into his crimes.

“The respondent will never be ‘cured’ of his sexual deviance and it is a lifelong problem,” Justice Archer said in her judgment last week.

“It is important, and reassuring, that he understands this, and understands that he will always be a risk to children and must always take steps to ensure that he does not develop a relationship with a child, because the child would then be at risk from him.”

The man will live in the Mid West home of his partner, who is aware of his offending and does not have a romantic relationship with him but meets his emotional needs.

The psychiatrist said that was a crucial relationship because his offending was not driven by sexual desire, but by a desire for emotional intimacy.

His conditions including disclosing his past offending and the order to anyone with whom he forms a friendship.