Dangerous child sex offender released
A DANGEROUS sex offender about to be released from prison will be placed on a supervision order for 10 years.
Harley Jaymes Wilkes, now 23, has today reached his full-time release date for sexual offences against eight children.
Wilkes was sentenced in the Townsville District Court on February 19, 2015, to 4½ years imprisonment over charges of procuring a young person for carnal knowledge, 11 counts of indecent treatment of a child under 16, three counts of indecent treatment of a child under 12, and as a caregiver, 11 counts of indecent treatment of a child under 12, common assault and damaging evidence with intent. His offending was against seven victims, two of whom he was babysitting.
On February 26, 2016, Wilkes pleaded guilty to one offence of indecent treatment of a child under 12, a nine-year-old girl, and was sentenced to six months imprisonment.
Judge Soraya Ryan delivered the judgment in the Supreme Court in Brisbane on Friday that Wilkes is to be released on a strict 10-year supervision order, which will forbid him from having contact with children, consuming alcohol or drugs, using the internet without prior approval, which may include ongoing approval or joining any club or organisation which might have child members without prior written approval.
Other conditions will see Wilkes required to report to and receive visits from Queensland Corrective Services, reside at an approved address, seek permission before visiting shopping centres, public parks or anywhere that serves alcohol and supply Corrective Services officers with all of his user names and passwords.
Personal relationships, vehicles, mobile phones and employment will be monitored.
Wilkes was initially serving his sentence in Townsville Correctional Centre but was transferred to Wolston Correctional Centre in Wacol.
Acting Manager of the High Risk Offender Management Bruce Tannock told the court in an affidavit that there was expected to be a vacancy in the Wacol prison precinct for Wilkes if he was released on a supervision order.
Judge Ryan said based on the evidence of psychiatrists, if Wilkes was released without a supervision order he would be at high risk of committing a sexual offence in the future.
"However, on the evidence as outlined above, I am satisfied that that risk may be reduced to an acceptable one (and in the low to moderate range) were he to be released subject to a supervision order in the terms of the draft provided to me by the applicant (with minor amendment),"? she said.