Dangerous sex offender released under strict conditions

DANGEROUS sex offender Ross Edward Dooley began inhaling petrol at age seven.

He first ended up in the Woorabinda Hospital for the dangerous practice at age 12 but was sniffing petrol until at least 2005.

Alcohol entered at age 13 when, each Friday, Dooley's family and friends would get a carton of beer and two flagons of wine to share.

He was a talented cultural and spiritual dancer but his early alcohol and inhalant abuse would plague him well into adult life.

His adult criminal history began in 1995 with property offences and then assault.

Dooley was sentenced to four years jail in 2001 for assaulting a women when she refused to have sex with him after he told her he did not have a condom.

He was jailed for seven years in 2007 for luring a 13-year-old boy into an abandoned Rockhampton toilet block and raping him in 2005.

Dooley, who was due for full-time release on May 6, will instead be released on a five-year strict supervision order under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act.

Justice Peter Applegarth said in a judgment handed down on Friday that without such an order, Dooley would remain a serious danger to the community.

But he said psychiatrists believed if the 35 year old could abide the order for five years, and abstain from intoxicating substances, then his risk of re-offending would reduce from high to moderate or even low.

Dooley will have a curfew, must reveal who he is associating with, stay away from alcohol, petrol and glue, and cannot access pornography "without prior written approval".

He must submit to any treatment orders, handover passwords to any accounts or mobile phones and must notify authorities if he has any intimate relationships.

The Crown had asked the court to ban Dooley from public parks to limit his likelihood of associating with people doing alcohol, inhalants and drugs - and access to potential victims - but Justice Applegarth decided not to ban Dooley from public parks.

He said random drug and alcohol testing should deter Dooley from consuming illicit substances whether in public or private.

"The sad fact must be faced that (Dooley) is likely to encounter, as many other citizens do, people in parks and other public places who are intoxicated," he said.

"He should not be at peril of a return to custody because of a chance or fleeting association with persons affected by alcohol and drugs in parks and other public places."

WE WON'T KNOW WHERE HE IS

WE are not allowed to know where Ross Edward Dooley is living.

He grew up in Rockhampton and has strong ties here.

But there are no medical practitioners experienced enough or prepared to deal with his issues.

Queensland Corrective Services recommended he be released to the Wacol precinct, which houses many dangerous sex offenders, at Ipswich.

There was also a suggestion he could be housed at Townsville during a court hearing this week.

QCS will not confirm where it will house him upon release.

But, for the next five years, Dooley can only live in accommodation QCS approves as part of his supervision order.

Topics:  dangerous sex offender, ross edward dooley



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