Dad who molested his daughter walks from jail
AN INTELLECTUALLY-impaired man who sexually abused his four-year-old daughter has been let out of jail - on condition he's not left alone with any children under 16.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons and has an assessed IQ of 54, was 24 when he committed horrific offences against the little girl during 2015.
He was jailed in April last year for two years, with a non-parole period of 12 months, with Community Corrections assessing him as being in the average risk range for committing further sexual crimes.
According to a new Parole Board of Tasmania decision, the man was released from Risdon Prison as of July 14 - with the board finding the risk could be managed if he was not in the presence of children unless accompanied by an approved person.
Prison program staff described his offending as "stemming from maladaptive and avoidant coping strategies" and that he'd molested his daughter "more as an opportunistic way to meet his sexual needs secretly as opposed to driven by a dominant sexual attraction to children".
A psychologist previously said the man's intellectual disability had impacted his personality development and ability to cope with interpersonal conflict and relationships - and had a "significant bearing on the sexual offending".
The man was held in a minimum security unit, but had been recently reclassified as a medium security prisoner after a scuffle with another inmate.
"Given the nature of the applicant's offending, it is important to balance the risk he may pose to the community against the applicant's rehabilitation potential if granted parole," the board said in its decision.
"In balancing all matters, the board is of the view the applicant is suitable for a parole order."
Because of his mild intellectual disability, the man will be able to access extra help through the NDIS to assist his transition from prison back into the community, the board also said.
The man's parole conditions include that he not approach his daughter directly or indirectly, that he not be in the presence of children unaccompanied by an approved person, and that he be assessed for a mental health plan.
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Originally published as Mentally disabled dad free from prison after molesting daughter