Supervision order puts paedophile’s travel plans on hold

A PAEDOPHILE will cancel plans to visit Kakadu and the Kimberley after having a supervision order extended.

North Queensland man Kevin Michael Loundon, 53, has been convicted of five serious sexual offences against children over two decades.

His last offence, indecent treatment of boys aged under 10, was committed in 2004.

He was released from jail on June 7, 2007, and placed on a strict supervision order.

The order was due to expire this year but the Attorney-General applied to extend it, arguing that Loundon was a moderate risk of reoffending.

Supreme Court Justice David Jackson granted the application on Thursday.

He wrote that Loundon, who grew up on the Atherton Tablelands, liked fishing, scuba diving and going into the bush.

"If the respondent were not subject to a supervision order, he says he would eventually return to the Atherton Tablelands to be closer to family members. He would then do some travelling, probably to remote areas such as Kakadu or the Kimberly region," he wrote.

Justice Jackson considered three psychiatrists' reports. One said Loundon had moved from high risk offenders to the moderate risk group, but still associated with men "who are youthful in appearance".

Justice Jackson said Loundon's paedophilia was not likely to have changed in the 13 years since his last offence.

In 2009, Loundon was found to have breached the order by travelling from Townsville to Cairns without permission.

Justice Jackson said he did "not agree" with the suggestion by Loundon's lawyers that the court could not be satisfied that he was a serious danger.

"There is an unacceptable risk that the respondent as a released prisoner will commit a serious sexual offence if a further supervision order is not made," he wrote.

News Corp Australia

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