Watch on pae­dophile ‘ Risk’ to chil­dren

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - LUCY SMITH

A PAE­DOPHILE will can­cel plans to visit Kakadu and the Kim­ber­ley af­ter hav­ing a su­per­vi­sion or­der ex­tended.

North Queens­land man Kevin Michael Loundon, 53, has been con­victed of five se­ri­ous sex­ual of­fences against chil­dren over two decades.

His last of­fence, in­de­cent treat­ment of boys aged un­der 10, was com­mit­ted in 2004.

He was re­leased from jail on June 7, 2007, and placed on a strict su­per­vi­sion or­der.

The or­der was due to ex­pire this year but the At­tor­neyGen­eral ap­plied to ex­tend it, ar­gu­ing that Loundon was a mod­er­ate risk of re­of­fend­ing.

Supreme Court Jus­tice David Jack­son granted the ap­pli­ca­tion on Thurs­day.

He wrote that Loundon, who grew up on the Ather­ton Table­lands, liked fish­ing, scuba div­ing and go­ing into the bush.

“If the re­spon­dent were not sub­ject to a su­per­vi­sion or­der, he says he would even­tu­ally re- turn to the Ather­ton Table­lands to be closer to fam­ily mem­bers. He would then do some trav­el­ling, prob­a­bly to re­mote ar­eas such as Kakadu or the Kim­berly re­gion,” he wrote.

Jus­tice Jack­son con­sid­ered three psy­chi­a­trists’ re­ports. One said Loundon had moved from high risk of­fend­ers to the mod­er­ate risk group, but still as­so­ci­ated with men “who are youth­ful in ap­pear­ance”.

Jus­tice Jack­son said Loundon’s pae­dophilia was not likely to have changed in the 13 years since his last of­fence.

In 2009, Loundon was found to have breached the or­der by trav­el­ling from Townsville to Cairns with­out per­mis­sion.

Jus­tice Jack­son said he did “not agree” with the sug­ges­tion by Loundon’s lawyers that the court could not be sat­is­fied that he was a se­ri­ous dan­ger.

“There is an un­ac­cept­able risk that the re­spon­dent as a re­leased pris­oner will com­mit a se­ri­ous sex­ual of­fence if a fur­ther su­per­vi­sion or­der is not made,” he wrote.

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