WA pedophile missing for 12 months

  • by: Nicole Cox
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  • November 10, 2006 9:00PM

POLICE are hunting a convicted child-sex monster they have been unable to find for more than a year.

Detectives from the child-protection squad issued an alert to find pedophile John Arthur Lee, 53 _ the first WA man convicted of child-sex tourism offences.

“We are looking for John Arthur Lee, but why we can’t disclose,” Det-Sen-Constable Greg Boxshall said.

“We don’t know where he is and we are interested in speaking with him.”
Det-Sen-Constable Boxshall refused to say whether Lee was wanted for further offences.

Lee, formerly of Karratha, was convicted of having sex with a girl under 16, committing indecent acts on girls, possessing child pornography and displaying child pornography. He was sentenced to 11 years’ jail, with a non-parole period of six years, and was released from jail in 2002.

The Parole Board refused to tell The Sunday Times whether Lee was on parole.

In 1999, the District Court found Lee had posed in photographs with 14 naked and semi-naked girls, some as young as 11, in a Phnom Penh hotel room in 1997.

Lee smuggled the photos into Australia, placing them between tourist pictures in photo albums.

But when he bragged about his exploits to a colleague, a police search of his home found between 250 and 300 sexually explicitphotos.

Anti-child abuse groups feared children might have been at risk.

Advocates for Survivors of Child Abuse spokeswoman Michelle Stubbs said yesterday there was grave concern that police could not find Lee.

“I’m alarmed police can’t find him, even by way of utilising the other states to track him. They have set up the (Australian National Child Offender) register for very clear reasons that need to be adhered to,” she said.


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