GPS tracking device may not be enough to stop sex offender

TRACKING a dangerous sex offender's movements through GPS might not be enough to stop him befriending parents and then grooming their children, a court has heard.

Raymond Barry Eades, 58, has a lengthy history of sexual and dishonesty offences since 1973, including offences against 10 children, girls and boys from ages six to 15.

He has spent little time outside prison since age 19, with Brisbane Supreme Court on Friday hearing he had committed an offence every year he was released back into the community.

Most recently, Eades was sentenced on the Sunshine Coast to an indefinite jail term in 2001 for sodomising and indecently dealing with a seven-year-old boy.

"Corrective services have to be lucky every time, Mr Eades only has to be lucky once."

When Eades was released in 2010 under a 10-year supervision order, he tried to groom three more boys at Nambour by buying them drinks and taking them fishing after befriending their grandmother.

Jeff Rolls, acting for the Attorney-General, said on Friday the latest assessments of Eades did lean towards releasing him on a supervision order but hinged on whether Queensland Corrective Services had the capacity to sustain the stringent supervision needed.

He said a GPS tracking device would show QCS where he had been but officers would need Eades to disclose who he saw or make checks themselves to find out.

Mr Rolls said Eades had deliberately lied and deceived officers in the past when he became friendly with the grandmother.

"Corrective services have to be lucky every time, Mr Eades only has to be lucky once," he said.

Psychiatrist Michael Beech said the supervision needed for Eades was onerous, requiring at least twice weekly checks at least for the first six months.

He said this extreme oversight was a must because Eades had lifelong non-exclusive homosexual pedophilia and psychopathic personality features, and increasing jail terms had never deterred him from offending once released.

Psychiatrist Scott Harden said Eades did not have a GPS tracking device the last time he was released and felt the device would make it easier to detect his movements.

He said Eades' mode of operation was grooming parents, so he would usually go to the same place repeatedly and QCS would notice a pattern.

Dr Harden conceded Eades' actions could still be missed.

Barrister Lars Falcongreen, acting for Eades, said the GPS was a powerful tool QCS did not have last time.

He said it would not be unreasonable direction to make Eades leave any premises should children arrive.

Justice Philip McMurdo reserved his decision.



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