Robert Ronald Caldwell

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Child sex offender sent to jail

The Border Mail – Wed, Aug 10, 2005

A CONVICTED sex offender apprehended near an Albury primary school was yesterday jailed for seven months, with a  minimum term of two months.

Robert Ronald Caldwell, 65, of Lavington, appeared in Albury Court for sentence after previously pleading guilty to being a sex offender loitering near a school and having custody of a knife in a public place.

Magistrate Tony Murray said he took into consideration when imposing the minimum term that Caldwell would serve it in protection as he had previously done when jailed for the sexual assault of a girl.

Police prosecutor Sgt Jim Caldwell in a submission on sentence pressed for a jail term.

He said it could not be suggested that it was a one-off incident by Caldwell because he had previously been warned about loitering near a school.

Sgt Caldwell said there was an adverse pre-sentence report with no community-based options.

Mr Murray was told Caldwell has had a long-term alcohol problem.

Solicitor Andrea Macdonald said Caldwell would attend alcohol rehabilitation if given the chance.

“It does not appear clear that he is a recidivist offender,” Ms Macdonald said.

Caldwell was seen by a police officer at 8.15am on May 5 in the car park of St Patricks Primary School in Smollett St.

He was looking around the car park and school grounds area for about five minutes while young children arrived.

Caldwell left after seeing the officer and walked to a nearby shopping centre before being arrested in Dean St.

In 2003, Caldwell was convicted in Albury Court of indecently assaulting a girl aged under 10 and sentenced to 10 months in jail.

Mr Murray ordered Caldwell to have supervision when released on parole and abide by any directions imposed banning him from 100m of schools or any other locations stipulated.

 

Jail call for child abuser

The Border Mail – Wed, Jun 29, 2005

ALBURYS police prosecutor Bob Hanzic wants a jail term to be imposed on a convicted sex offender apprehended near a primary school.

Sgt Hanzic said in Albury Court yesterday that he would be making submissions on an appropriate sentence for Robert Ronald Caldwell and suggesting a jail term.

Caldwell, 65, of Prune St, Lavington, pleaded guilty to being a convicted sex offender loitering near a school without reasonable excuse and having a knife in a public place.

Magistrate Michael Dowd said it was appropriate to get a pre-sentence report on Caldwell following the indication from Sgt Hanzic.

His sentencing has been adjourned until August 9.

Caldwell was seen by a police officer at 8.15am on May 5 in the car park of St Patricks Primary School in Smollett St.

He was looking around the car park and school grounds area for about five minutes while young children arrived for both school and pre-school activities.

Caldwell left the area after seeing the officer and walked to a nearby shopping centre before being arrested in Dean St.

In 2003, Caldwell was convicted in Albury Court of indecently assaulting a girl aged under 10 and sentenced to 10 months in jail.

Last year, he was warned by the same police officer about loitering around an after-school-hours program held at St Patricks.

Caldwell was taken to the police station after his arrest and a pocket knife with two 6cm blades was found.

He told police that he carried the knife with him and had consumed half a bottle of wine before his arrest.

Caldwell was granted bail after appearing in court on May 5 and indicating he intended to plead not guilty.

Solicitor Michael Hayes said Caldwell did voluntary work at St Patricks Church after attending mass each morning.

Parish priest Msgr William Fulton gave evidence about Caldwells voluntary work.

Acting police prosecutor Sgt Len Kerr told the hearing when opposing bail that Caldwell faced a maximum term of two years jail on the charge of loitering near the school.

Caldwell was accompanied by Msgr Fulton for yesterdays court appearance.

 

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  1. brian stevens says:

    what a joke

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