'High-risk' child sex offender put on 10-year supervision order

Griffin was deemed by three psychiatrists to be at high risk of re-offending if released without a strict supervision order. Photo: Max Mason-Hubers. Courtesy: Brisbane News

A dangerous child sex offender due for release on Friday has been put on a 10-year supervision order by the Supreme Court, banning him from being within 100 metres of schools and childcare centres, or visiting parks, beaches or shopping centres without prior permission.

The State of Queensland through the Attorney-General sought the Supreme Court order against Paul Mark Griffin, 32, who is coming to the end of his three-and-a-half year sentence for the rape of an eight-year-old girl in 2014.

He previously served five years in a New Zealand prison for the attempted rape of a six-year-old girl in July 2008.

The order, which expires on July 20, 2028, was unopposed by Griffin.

The Supreme Court heard Griffin was denied parole on May 11 last year as he posed an unacceptable risk to the community, and was “unable or unwilling” to develop strategies to manage his fantasies about children.

In a risk assessment report of August 2017, psychiatrist Dr Michael Beech told the court that Griffin was at high risk of re-offending if released into the community without supervision.

“He needs specific treatment around his deviant sexual fantasies, both individual treatment and possibly medication,” he said.

“There [needs] to be significant measures in place to prevent him having access to children in the future.”

Dr Beech said that offending was likely to occur opportunistically, and that Griffin was unlikely to be deterred by the presence of adults nearby.

In her report of June 2018, psychiatrist Dr Jane Phillips concurred that Griffin was at high risk of committing further offences if released into the community without a supervision order, and recommended to the court he take “anti-libidinal medication” to suppress his “sexually deviant fantasies.”

“It would be necessary for Mr Griffin to … give informed consent to such treatment, which could not be mandated under the conditions of a supervision order,” she said.

Dr Phillips also told the court Griffin’s proposed accommodation at a boarding house in the West End could be “problematic” given he has never lived independently.

“From a clinical perspective, it would be preferable for him to be transitioned to the community via a more contained environment such as The Precinct, so that his response to a less structured environment and community supervision could be assessed.”

In his risk assessment report of April 13, 2018, psychiatrist Dr Andrew Aboud said Griffin met the “criteria for paedophilia” but he did not find evidence of a major mental illness.

“Should he reoffend … he will most probably attempt to groom his victim by befriending her and her parents or carers,” he said.

“His other pathway to reoffending will involve the use of pornographic material depicting underage girls, which he may procure from the internet.”

Dr Aboud told the court he should not have contact with children, and highlighted that unsupervised children particularly would be potential victims of Griffin’s “sexually deviant drive”.

“The supervision and monitoring and supports available under … a supervision order would reduce his risk of sexual reoffending to between moderate and low,” he said.

“If he was released subject to a supervision order, I would consider the risk to be manageable … I would recommend its duration be for at least 10 years, given his young age, the relative chronicity of his offending and his underlying deviance.”

Justice Peter Applegarth placed Griffin on a 10-year supervision order, and said he must comply with any curfew or monitoring imposed by Corrective Services, submit to psychiatric treatment and assessment, and random drug and alcohol testing, and not leave the state without permission.

Griffin was also banned from being within 100 metres of schools or child care centres without a reasonable excuse; or visiting public parks, beaches or public swimming pools or going to a shopping centre without obtaining the prior approval of Corrective Services.

He was also ordered to submit the user names and passwords of his email and social media accounts to Corrective Services, and allow his devices to be randomly checked.

Source: https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/dangerous-child-sex-offender-put-on-10-year-supervision-order-20180715-p4zrks.html