STRANGER DAN­GER

Sex of­fend­ers regularly break­ing su­per­vi­sion or­ders

Townsville Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - CHRISTIE AN­DER­SON SA­MAN­THA HEALY

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.

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