Anti- crime group calls for ac­tion over cor­rec­tional or­der Send pae­dophile to jail

Townsville Bulletin - - News - by Roanne John­son roanne. john­son@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

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.

Har­rod

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’’.

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