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Court jails paedophile over loitering, theft

Posted Fri Nov 17, 2006 12:44pm AEDT

A 47-year-old self-confessed paedophile has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Joseph Edward Polley yesterday pleaded guilty in the County Court in Ballarat to seven counts each of loitering and theft.

The offences occurred between April 2004 and May 2006. The court heard Polley collected uniforms from school yards in the Ballarat North area during that time.

These, and a notebook containing the names of 57 boys and their addresses were found by police in Polley’s home in May.

However, in sentencing, judge Frank Shelton said he could not take the notebook into his deliberations. The clothing and notebook found in Polley’s home will now be destroyed.

Polley has already spent 182 days in custody.

With a non-parole period of 12 months, Polley will spend just six months in prison, with reporting conditions on his release.


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