Sex offenders regularly breaking supervision orders
PARENTS have been warned to be vigilant about child safety as new figures reveal sex offenders are regularly breaking supervision orders in Townsville.
The warning comes after the attempted abduction of a Willows State School student last week, in which two men in a car stopped near a boy and told him to “get in”.
A similar incident in Mr Louisa on Wednesday was last night dismissed by police.
The figures obtained by the Bulletin reveal sex offenders have failed drug tests, ignored curfews and tampered with GPS ankle bracelets. For the 12 registered offenders in Townsville, there have been nine breaches in the year to July.
Bravehearts criminologist Carol Ronken wants the Dangerous Prisoners ( Sexual Offenders) Act 2003 reviewed.
“Our courts take a massive risk to trust these offenders … any breach should mean an immediate return to jail,” she said.
Offenders are monitored and banned from changing their names unless granted permission by the Corrective Services chief executive.
Police are still trying to identify the men involved in last week’s abduction attempt.
The men were described as between 20 and 30 and driving an old white Mazda sedan with a black stripe along the doors.
P& C Queensland president Kevan Goodworth said any abduction attempt was alarming.
Bruce Morcombe of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation said the community needed to trust their instincts when it came to protecting children.
“But the last thing we want to do is create a fear every time a vehicle stops to deliver a package, or ask for directions,” he said. “Have faith that the police are investigating. The community has a duty to look out for all children. It takes a village to raise a child.”
A Queensland Corrective Services spokeswoman said sexual offenders were closely supervised using 24- hour GPS monitoring, surveillance and intensive case management.
“Community safety is paramount in the management of offenders. Any potential contravention is treated seriously,” she said. “In certain circumstances, QCS is able to seek a warrant to return the offender to custody and return matters to court to consider whether an offender can be safely managed in the community.”
Police said the complaint about Wednesday’s attempted abduction had been withdrawn.