Thursday, July 10, 2008

Kevin Thompson, New Zealand Repeat Sex Offender

A 62-year-old one-armed sex offender already under an extended supervision order has been able to convince a New Zealand mother to let him babysit her two young daughters.

He ended up touching the chest of one of the girls, with his hand inside her clothing. Another girl had already been touched on the chest on an earlier visit to the home of Kevin Arthur Thompson, the Christchurch Court News website has reported.

The girls were aged just six and 10 at the time and the offending has now brought an open-ended preventive detention sentence for the repeat offender.

Thompson had been jailed before over 12 years of sex offending against children, Justice John Wild noted in the sentencing at the High Court in Christchurch on Thursday.

He had pleaded guilty to four charges of sexual conduct with a child under 12, six days before his trial was due to start.

He was imprisoned for four years and nine months in 1996 for sexual violation and indecent assault on a 12-year-old girl.

In May 2001 he was fined $NZ6,000 ($A4,760) for showing a pornographic video to two boys, when he was babysitting a six-year-old.

In 2002 he was jailed for three years for the indecent assault of a six-year-old girl and warned he would be considered for preventive detention if he offended again.

Two girls ended up at his home when their mothers saw Thompson struggling home one-armed with his groceries, and got the girls to help. They were given lollies, and "cuddled" before the touching began.

Thompson was under a 10 year extended supervision order as a repeat sex offender at the time.

Justice Wild said the preventive detention sentence was justified because of the repeat offending, its seriousness, the harm he had done, the likelihood of reoffending, the failure of past treatment efforts, and the need to protect the community.

It will be seven years before the Parole Board can start to consider him for release.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

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