Name these abusers
ONCE again, the courts have refused to allow the Herald Sun to name and shame one of the state’s worst sex offenders in the mistaken belief this person can be rehabilitated.
His years of terrorising children and their families prove otherwise. This evil sex offender has never shown remorse for his crimes and is attempting to have conditions of his supervision order relaxed to allow him to move into the community.
County Court judge Jane Patrick believes the offender’s prospects of rehabilitation would be reduced if he were to be exposed to media attention.
With all due respect to Judge Patrick, this newspaper believes there are no indications this molester will ever change his ways.
The Herald Sun fought suppression orders against revealing this man’s identity on behalf of the community and we have lost. The real losers, however, are the families who may never know where this abuser has moved next, or if he is just over their back fence.
The Herald Sun cannot report any evidence from the proceeding and all documents before the court are suppressed. Extensive secrecy laws and court orders allow reporting only of limited information.
What we can say is the man is one of 116 Victorians on supervision orders and is one of several men seeking to have their conditions relaxed.
Once again, the courts will be seen to have shown more concern for these offenders and their possible rehabilitation than for the families of their victims. These families have been traumatised by the vile crimes their children have been subjected to.
The offenders have served their original jail sentences but are considered such a risk to the community that they are free under strict conditions.
These conditions are not always adhered to and the potential threat to other children as they move into the community should take precedence over their personal comfort and welfare.
Judge Patrick has cited possible vigilante attacks on this abuser if his name and whereabouts become known. The Herald Sun believes the greater good of young families should guide the courts. It is their protection that is paramount.