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Child sex offender fails paperwork

Bruce Mckean | 1st March 2010

REGISTERED child sex offender Ian Richardson has been jailed for two months for failing to notify police of his change of address.

It is the second time Richardson, 28, of Ooralea, has received prison sentences as part of his non-compliance with his reporting obligations as a registered child sex offender.

Part of his Australian National Child (sex) Offender Register obligations include notifying police every time he moves locations.

He was jailed last year and was released from prison on December 22 and had 28 days to tell police about his residential address.

On February 11 this year, at 7.50am, police went to his home and knocked on the door for about 15 minutes before he looked out of the upstairs window to acknowledge them, prosecutor Sergeant Cindy Searle told the Magistrate’s Court.

Duty solicitor Nikki King, of Legal Aid Queensland, said Richardson was not trying to avoid police but had been sleeping.

He failed to notify police after being released from prison because he focused on getting his life back on track and completing some unpaid community service he had to do, Ms King told the court.

“He signed documents on release from prison but he didn’t take notice of them,” she said.

Richardson pleaded guilty to failing to comply with his reporting conditions.

Magistrate Damien Dwyer said Richardson had a flippant attitude towards his obligations.

In jailing him for two months, Mr Dwyer set a parole release date of March 18.

On release from prison he will again have to notify police of where he lives.


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