Child predator Ali Jaffari roams free, lurking in parks
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison is reviewing legislation that protects a child sex predator who
is now targeting footy training, a school, parks, playground and the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.
Ali Jaffari, an Afghan refugee who cannot be deported thanks to his permanent protection visa, is on the sex offenders register.
Jaffari is under police investigation over his behaviour towards young children at footy training and Auskick near Albert Park.
South Melbourne Districts Junior Football Club sent an email to parents warning them to be extra vigilant and not leave any child unattended.
The club reported the matter to Victoria Police and supplied a picture of the man taken by a coach, with the force confirming it
was investigating last week but asking the Herald Sun not to publish details until now so as not to compromise the case.
Mr Morrison told 3AW radio today that Jaffari’s permanent protection visa made it “very difficult to deport him”.
“Jaffari was given a permanent protection visa by the previous government, if he was given a temporary visa I would
have a bit more wiggle room,” he told 3AW.
“Under the current law, we have to pursue this under the ‘general character provisions’ not the ‘criminal conduct
provisions’ because this requires a custodial sentence for immediate action.
“I’m hoping we can get something done, a decision being able to be made on this in a matter of weeks if not sooner.”
Mr Morrison said “the law is not as strong as it should be in this case” and that he was “working on that in parallel”.
On Thursday TV and radio personality Kate Langbroek tweeted that Jaffari was loitering at her children’s school and MSAC.
“So there’s a pedo hanging around our kids’ school. Seriously. And at MSAC. Apparently he has ‘a right to pursue
fitness’. Holy moly,” the tweet read.
Jaffari, 35, has also loitered at a Beaconsfield Parade playground where he was confronted by an irate parent.
And one mum said Jaffari followed her two children after dark in Albert Park, staring and touching himself.
“It was truly frightening,” she said.
Jaffari was convicted and placed on the sex offenders register for 15 years over the assault of a boy at
Geelong’s Eastern beach in August but received just 300 hours of community service.
Jaffari kissed the boy on the neck, told him he was “sexy” and rubbed himself against him.
In January he was accused of child stealing and unlawful assault of a four-year-old girl at a Geelong West oval.
“He then grabbed the child’s hand and began to lead her away before she looked up, saw it wasn’t her father,
started crying and pulled her hand away,” police prosecutor sergeant Brooke Shears told the court.
When interviewed, Jaffari told police: “For us, is not an issue.”
Magistrate Ron Saines stood the matter down in March, advising police if he were hearing
the matter he would have reasonable doubt finding Jaffari guilty, citing cultural differences.
The charges were dropped.
Police have urged anyone who spotted suspicious behaviour to call 000.