Hinch Says

Hello Again, Mushrooms

Why protect them? Photo Courtesy of: VicPol

LET ME GIVE you another example of how crazy our laws are protecting sex offenders.

A convicted paedophile named Donald Dowdle did a runner this week and police asked the public for help to find him.

Dowdle is a real sleazebag. The now 48-year-old father of three, was jailed in 2012 for grooming a 13-year-old girl on the internet and soliciting her for sex.

He requested photos and sent her explicit messages – more than 20 times in three weeks and warned her to hide their relationship from her mother.

Dowdle got a surprise when he turned up at Seaford railway station to meet his teenage girl to whom he had written: ‘Does it make me sound like a sicko wanting to kiss a girl your age?’

His ‘teen’ girlfriend turned out to be an undercover police officer. He was jailed for four months.
the  absurdity  comes in

After his release from jail, Dowdle had certain conditions – including reporting to police and obeying a community worker.

When he broke those conditions, a warrant was issued for his arrest and police released his photo and a description. And that’s where the  absurdity of our sex offender laws come in.

Although appealing to the public for help, VicPol would not tell the media where, or when, the man had last been seen.

The Herald Sun report made me shake my head. It read: ‘A police spokeswoman would not comment on where the man had been living since he was freed from jail or to which police station he had been expected to report’.

Don’t blame the coppers. They’re just following the rules. Dowdle’s address since leaving jail was probably suppressed by court order. (Remember the recent new suppression order over recidivist child molester Kevin Briscoe’s  whereabouts).

As I quoted that policeman in yesterday’s editorial:

‘Some of these offenders are high risk and require weekly visits. The SOCIT files are kept in locked drawers and no other police member can gain access to them. This in my opinion gives these paedophiles a clear run at the kids.  It is disgraceful’.
public not alerted

I’ve written before about what has to happen when a dangerous sex offender absconds from the ‘village of the damned’ outside Ararat Prison. The public is often not alerted for 12 hours while the cops seek court permission to lift a suppression order on his name and photograph. The minute he is re-arrested the suppression order kicks in again.

It is madness.

The good news is that, despite the restrictions, Donald Dowdle was spotted and  re-arrested yesterday.

By last night all reference to him had been removed from the Vicpol website.

Nothing to see here… move along.

All is right with the world again. Not.



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