Convicted child sex offender fronts court

A CONVICTED child sex offender has been given a suspended jail sentence after he failed to comply with reporting conditions.

The 36-year-old Scarness man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared before Hervey Bay Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to failing to submit his monthly report and failing to report a change in address.

The court heard the man had been visited by police after he became a registered offender and had his obligations explained to him.

He had signed documents agreeing to periodic reporting and to notify police of any change in personal details.

The court heard that while the original address the man had given to police was still current, he had been spending long periods of time staying with his mother and had failed to tell police of the new address.

The man also failed to complete his monthly reporting obligation in May.

The court heard the man wasn't aware he had to report on a monthly basis.

The man was on a disability support pension and had been diagnosed with mental incapacities, the court was told.

But support care had been employed which would help ensure the man would not fail to report again.

The court heard the charges were considered to be especially serious as the fail to report could impact on the safety of children.

The man was sentenced to three months in prison, wholly suspended, with an operational period of 12 months. The man was warned that any offence committed over the next 12 months could activate the suspended sentence.


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