Child rapist says he forgot to report contact with kids
A CONVICTED child sex offender has be sent back to jail for failing to report contact he'd had with an eight-year-old boy.
The 42-year-old Bundaberg man was released from custody on a suspended sentence in September 2015 after serving 204 days of a five-year sentence for six counts of rape against an 11-year-old girl between 2005 and 2006.
Appearing in Bundaberg District Court today, the court heard the man's past convictions also included eight convictions for indecent treatment of a child in relation to the same 11-year-old girl and a rape conviction in 2011.
Today he was ordered to serve a further 10 days of imprisonment with an immediate parole eligibility date, after pleading guilty to breaching his suspended sentence last year.
Between Christmas Eve 2015 and August 2016 the man drove the boy and the boy's grandmother to school, the shops and doctors' appointments.
The grandmother was aware of the man's criminal convictions and the boy was never left alone in his company.
As a reportable offender, the man also failed to tell police about contact he had with a 16-year-old girl and her one-year-old child within the 24-hour time period, instead he waited 21 days to report to do so.
Defence barrister Andrew Hoare conceded his client's failures to report were not trivial, but submitted they were not serious enough to warrant a jail term.
But Judge Brad Farr said while the breach paled in comparison to the original offending, the reporting conditions were there for good reason.
"It's woefully inadequate not to impose a jail term," Judge Farr said as he sentenced the man.
He also did not accept the man's submission that his requirement to report simply "slipped him mind".
"It could hardly slip your mind given the circumstance," Judge Farr said.
"The legislation is in place for the sole purpose for the protection of children from known sex offenders.
"You are a known sex offender, there's no doubt about that."