How can we solve the paedophile NIMBY problem in our society

Lucy Townend reports

A high-risk paedophile is to be moved from a Palmerston North suburb after an outpouring of community concern.

The 27-year-old man, whom Corrections and police refused to identify, was convicted of raping a 10-year-old girl in 2006.

He was released from Auckland Prison to a Salvation Army men’s hostel in Lockhart Ave, Milson, last week after completing an eight-year sentence.

He is subject to an extended supervision order which allows Corrections to keep tabs on him, including 24-hour GPS monitoring, for the next seven years.

Before he was released from prison, a health assessor pushed for the maximum extended supervision order of 10 years, saying he showed little remorse and had a high risk of reoffending, even after a decade.

Since the offender’s move to Milson, the Salvation Army has been contacted by half a dozen worried people.

A flier which identified the man, his offending and his address was distributed to letterboxes in Milson.

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The police presence has been increased in the area and officers visited Milson School to advise staff and parents on how to keep children safe. The school’s “stranger danger” programme was brought forward a term and some parents expressed fears to teachers about a paedophile living in the neighbourhood, principal Vanessa Pitt said.

When a community raised concerns about an offender, Corrections would work with them to find a way to address their worries, he said. “Public safety is [our] top priority when placing a child sex offender back in the community.”

Following a community meeting this week, Newman said the offender would be moved, but he would not confirm where or when.

Police inspector Brett Calkin said the necessary steps were taken to allay the community’s concerns.

“Corrections and police had a number of concerns about his risk of reoffending . . . but [we're] in between a rock and hard place because these people have to be put somewhere.”

So.  What do we do with paedophiles that show no remorse, and all experts involved are convinced they will offend again given the chance?

Why do we put them back into society?  At what point to the human rights of potential victims outweigh those of the person that has not yet offended, but is expect to do so?

 

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A paedophile had sex with a daughter he had put up for adoption after she tracked him down on Facebook. Eleanor Jackson, 23, was taken from her biological father Frank Humphreys, 51, when she was just 17 months old, a court heard. But when she traced him as an adult the pair began a sexual relationship. Humphreys and his daughter both pleaded guilty to incest Humphreys, of Cleator Moor, Cumbria, was jailed at Carlisle Crown Court for 21 months. The court heard that the pair had been estranged for a number of years since Jackson was put up for adoption when she was just 17-months-old. However, Tim Brennand, prosecuting, said she had tracked Humphreys down through Facebook in 2010 and she – together with her twin sister -went to live with him. He said that officials became suspicious when the pair were observed acting in a manner which was not just ‘over familiar’ but in an ‘overtly sexualised manner’. ‘Their relationship was overt and sexual and were involved with each other in a full physical relationship,’ he added.

Mr Brennand said that others started to notice that the pair were not acting in a normal manner. He said: ‘Friends and family have also observed these two defendants interact with one another.

‘Once again there are small pieces of evidence suggestive of the fact that Humphreys was behaving in a sexualised manner towards his daughter.’

He said that both defendants had both strongly denied being in a sexual relationship and when first questioned Jackson had exercised her right to make ‘no comment’ to answers during interview. However, the pair both changed their pleas to guilty at Carlisle Crown Court in February this year. David Birrell, defending Humphreys, said there was ‘very little mitigation’ he could put before the court. The court heard that Humphreys had a previous conviction for having sex with a 15-year-old girl when he was 28 years old.

Greg Hoare, defending Jackson, said she had been looking for some permanence when she decided to trace her biological father. He added that the case had affected her and she had been shunned and even threatened by others as a result. Judge Paul Batty QC said it was a ‘terrible case’ considering the age difference, her vulnerability and Humphrey’s previous conviction for underage sex. He said: ‘You took them under your roof and there were serious concerns in relation to your activity.’ As well as the prison sentence, Humphreys will be made the subject of a sex offenders prevention order. Under the terms of the order he will be prevented from having any contact with any child, or family member, under the age of 16 without permission. Jackson was given a two-year community order, where she will be supervised by members of the probation service, as well as a five-month curfew between 9pm and 6am. She will also be on the sex offenders register for five years. – Mail Online

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