Sex offender found living in Gladstone house with kids

A CONVICTED child sex offender found living in a Gladstone family’s house with three children has been sent back to jail.

The man, 34, who can’t be named toPROTECT the children, pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to six offences of failing to comply with reporting conditions under the Child Protection Offenders Reporting Act.

The offences took place in Gladstone and Rockhampton where the man had been living.

Prosecutor Sgt Barry Stevens said the man had been convicted of child pornography offences and failed to let police know as required under the Act where he was living, where he worked, that he was in contact with children, and had alsoACCESSED THE INTERNET.

Sgt Stevens said it was not the first time as the man was convicted on similar offences in Rockhampton Magistrates Court and received six weeks jail, immediately suspended.

The latest offences happened while he was on parole.

Sgt Stevens said the offender was also working at a shopping centre in Gladstone where there was the possibility he would come into contact with children and young people.

Defence lawyer Jun Pepito said the man had been too embarrassed to tell the family he was living with about his conviction for possession of childEXPLOITATION material and that he was subject to a Probation Order.

Magistrate Robert Walker told the man he was subject to a reporting regime and had failed to meet his legal obligations so police could keep tabs on him in regard to changes in address, employment, and failed to report that he was living in a house where there were children.

Mr Walker said while he could understand the man’s embarrassment in not telling the Gladstone family he was living with, he had no excuse in not reporting to authorities.

“A term of imprisonment is theONLY OPTION in these circumstances,” he said.

He jailed the man for six months and set a parole release date of January 26 next year.