Anti- crime group calls for action over correctional order Send paedophile to jail
AN anti-crime group is calling for Magnetic Island paedophile Glyn Frank Harrod to serve actual time behind bars for his latest child porn offence.
The 47-year-old recently walked free after pleading guilty in the Townsville District Court to one count of downloading child pornographic literature.
He had previously been convicted in the Northern Territory and Queensland for possessing 400 child pornographic images, 24 articles of paedophile literature and a child abuse video game.
Townsville Residents Against Crime co-ordinator Mark Smith has called for Harrod to be jailed after he was given a 10-month correctional order, to be served in the community with counselling, community service and regular reporting to a corrections officer.
‘‘ This sentence needs to be appealed and needs to be done urgently because this man’s history is disturbing,’’ Mr Smith said.
‘‘ The laws are there to protect us and our children. How can we do that when the courts let us down?’’
Mr Smith is not alone in his outrage over the convicted paedophile’s release back into the com- munity, with locals r e p o r t e d l y u p - i n - arms that Harrod h a s r e t u r n e d t o Magnetic Island to serve out his noncustodial sentence.
Harrod moved to T o w n s v i l l e f r o m Al i c e Spri ngs i n 2002 after receiving a large amount of media coverage following a conviction in the United States of being the first Australian found guilty of breaking the country’s sex tourism laws.
The Townsville Bulletin can reveal he was arrested in an undercover internet sting by US customs in 1999.
On May 3, 2000, the NT News reported that Harrod was caught trying to join a child sex tour of Mexico when he travelled from his home in Alice Springs to Arizona, in the United States’ south-west.
A statement from the Arizona District Attorney said court documents showed Harrod filled out an email questionnaire allegedly asking for ‘‘ two 10-year-old girls for one night, possibly two’’.
He was taken into custody after paying undercover agents and telling them he wanted to start the tour.
Harrod pleaded guilty to travelling with the intent to engage in a sexual act with a minor and was sentenced to 37 months in a US jail.
When he returned to Australia after 32 months in prison, Harrod said he was ‘‘ not a sex beast who preys on young girls’’ and that he bitterly regretted his actions.
‘‘ What I spent time in jail for is what they call a ‘ thought crime’ in the US . . . I have never had sex with children as an adult, and I never will,’’ he said.
Harrod made the NT News again on June 11, 2004, when jailed by a Townsville court for six months after pleading guilty to possessing child abuse computer games.
When contacted by the Bulletin recently, Harrod declined to talk about his offending except to say that he had ‘‘ done it ( spoken to the media) before and it did not work’’.