Judge call stops sex pest’s bid for Bali trip

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A FOR­MER pri­mary school teacher con­victed and jailed for sex­u­ally abus­ing a stu­dent over five years has failed to have his sex of­fender obli­ga­tions sus­pended so he can travel to Bali.

The teacher, 63, whose name is sup­pressed, told the court he had trav­elled to Bali 28 times over 13 years and un­til re­cently had a Balinese boyfriend aged in his 30s.

How­ever, he was stopped from en­ter­ing the coun­try by In­done­sian of­fi­cials, in 2015, who were warned by Aus­tralian Fed­eral Po­lice that he was a reg­is­tered sex of­fender.

The teacher ap­plied to the Supreme Court to have his re­port­ing obli­ga­tions sus­pended un­der the Child Sex Of­fend­ers Act. The man had been jailed in 1995 for six years over the per­sis­tent abuse of a young male stu­dent in his care.

Two ex­pert re­ports sub­mit­ted to the court cat­e­gorised the man as a low risk of fur­ther of­fend­ing against chil­dren.

How­ever, Jus­tice Kevin Nicholson noted the court could only make the change to the re­port­ing obli­ga­tions if there was no risk to the safety of chil­dren. Jus­tice Nicholson dis­missed the ap­pli­ca­tion.

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