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Contravention orders against child molester dismissed

Contravention proceedings against a Mackay child molester accused of breaking a strict supervision order have been dismissed.
Ronald James Downs was jailed for having sex with a 12-year-old intellectually disabled girl on the Gold Coast, for attempting or simulating intercourse with a three-year-old boy he picked up from a pram and indecently dealing with a girl aged four to six.
He was jailed on each occasion.
In 2008 his release was granted on a 37-point 15-year community-based supervision order but he has found himself behind bars again for allegedly breaking that order.
Psychiatrists were ordered to assess Downs ahead of a hearing on Friday.
The case was heard briefly in the Brisbane Supreme Court before the case was dismissed.

www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au (20-6-2014)
Rae Wilson

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Govt loses bid to keep pedophile behind bars

A serial pedophile has been approved for release into the community after Queensland's attorney-general yesterday lost a bid to keep him in jail.
Ronald James Downs, 46, has been in jail since November 14, 2005, after pleading guilty to unlawful carnal knowledge of a child under 12.
Prior to that he had served two other jail sentences for sexual offences against children.
The first was in October 1980 and involved attempted intercourse with a three-year-old boy, for which he received six months' in jail.
Downs was jailed again in November 1999 for two years' for six counts of indecently dealing with a girl who was aged four and six at the time of the offences.
In a hearing in the Supreme Court in Brisbane late last month, Attorney-General Kerry Shine applied to have Downs kept under a continuing detention order, arguing he represented a serious danger to the community.
But this argument was today rejected by Justice Martin Daubney, who ordered Downs - who was identified by a psychiatrist as being a high risk for repeat offending - be released under a 37-point 15-year community-based supervision order.
Justice Daubney said, in his written judgment, that he had made the decision after carefully weighing the "paramount consideration of the need to ensure adequate protection of the community against (Downs's) entitlement to liberty".
The supervision order requires Downs to abide by strict reporting conditions and prohibits him from consuming alcohol or illegal drugs.
Downs will also be required to undertake counselling, and he is banned from being within 100m of schools during school travelling hours.
He also is banned from visiting public parks without prior written permission, and must submit to electronic monitoring.
Downs will be released on May 13.

www.brisbanetimes.com.a (8-5-2008)

Judge jails child molester again for reoffending

A psychiatrist had warned that a Mackay child molester was likely to reoffend and he did by having sex with a 12-year-old intellectually disabled girl.
"The psychiatrist had that view in 1999 - and he was correct," Judge Julie Dick, SC, said in the District Court yesterday.
Ronald James Downs, 44, disability pensioner, pleaded guilty to unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl under 16 at the Gold Coast in 2002.
"What I'd like to do is to make some sort of order to keep you from children but I cannot (by law) do that," Judge Dick said.
"Some people would say to lock you up and throw away the key, but I can't do that either."
Crown prosecutor Nigel Rees said Downs had sex with the intellectually disabled girl while he was living on the Gold Coast with the girl's mother.
Downs knew she was 12, Mr Rees said.
His case was referred to the Mental Health Tribunal but he was found to be fit to stand trial.
The court was told Downs attended a special school when he was young and could not read or write.
He was convicted in 1999 of indecent treatment of a child and was jailed for two years on that occasion.
Judge Dick said all she could do was to impose a jail sentence that would be a personal deterrent to Downs.
She jailed him for two and a half years with no recommendation for early release.

www.dailymercury.com.au (15-11-2005)

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