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Repeat sex offender released early

A convicted paedophile was on early release from prison for good behaviour when he sexually assaulted a young girl in Launceston.
Christopher John Wright, 33, of Launceston, was sentenced to two years' jail last week after committing acts of indecency with the girl and her sister in a park in October 2013.
It occurred just a month after he was released from jail for nearly identical offences.
In 2011, Wright was convicted of indecently assaulting a young girl and recording some of the acts which he then emailed to other people.
He was caught after a tip-off from the FBI and jailed with a release date of December 2013.
However Wright was freed in September, having received the maximum three-month reduction in his sentence.
According to the Tasmanian Prison Service the director of prisons "may grant remission to a prisoner as an incentive to, or reward for, good behaviour while the prisoner is in custody".
At the time of his latest offending Wright was also subject to Commonwealth sentencing orders including a condition he be of good behaviour for a period of three years on release from prison or face serving another year in jail.
In sentencing Wright last week, Justice Robert Pearce said the deterrent effect of his earlier sentences and participation in prison sex offender programs did not prevent his re-offending.
"He is not to be punished for his earlier offending, but it is relevant to the risk of re-offending and the protection of the public, particularly given that he re- offended so soon after his release," Justice Pearce said.
"He says that he now better appreciates his problem and is more hopeful of rehabilitation, but that is yet to be seen."
Wright is eligible for parole in June 2015.

www.examiner.com.au (19-2-2014)
Patrick Billings

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Launceston paedophile jailed again

A Launceston paedophile, jailed in 2011 after a tip-off from the US's Federal Bureau of Investigation, has reoffended, sexually assaulting a child in public after just being released from prison.
Christopher John Wright, 33, was sentenced to two years' jail yesterday for committing indecent acts with two girls and indecently assaulting one of them.
Justice Robert Pearce noted the ``striking'' similarity they had with his prior offences, including sexually assaulting a disabled girl.
Launceston's Supreme Court heard yesterday that the crimes happened in a public park in Launceston in October while Wright was on a good behaviour bond.
Two girls were playing in the park when Wright entered with his dog after the children's parents had left.
The youngest girl told Wright he had a nice dog and he asked if she wanted ``to play a game''.
He then began masturbating in front of both girls. With persistence he had the youngest touch his penis.
He then repeatedly asked if he could ``touch'' the girl and she resisted but he put his hands down her pants and touched her genitals.
The girls returned home and, sensing something amiss, the parents questioned them, discovering some of what had happened.
Days later both parents saw Wright apparently loitering outside their home and he was ultimately arrested.
During a police interview he admitted being sexually attracted to children but initially denied the offences.
Crown prosecutor Virginia Jones said the family had been left devastated.
The mother had since sought counselling for depression and anxiety and wanted to move, fearful of what Wright could do once he was released into the community again.
In 2010 Wright indecently assaulted a young autistic girl, exposing himself to her and touching her genitals on separate occasions.
Wright recorded the acts and emailed one of the videos to two other people.
Acting on FBI information, the Australian Federal Police seized his laptop and found 2543 still images and 206 videos of child pornography.
He was subsequently jailed and then released on September 6 last year before committing his latest crimes on October 6.
Defence counsel Alan Hensley said Wright's early pleas of guilty and involvement in sex offender programs in jail reflected his commitment to tackling his problem.
He said Wright had been bullied in primary school and up until he graduated from Launceston College.
Wright lived near the park and was not acting in a predatory nature when the victims' parents saw him outside their home, he said.
Justice Pearce said the crimes had been distressing for the children.
He said rehabilitation and jail had not deterred Wright.
Wright was ordered to serve at least 20 months without parole.

www.examiner.com.au (13-2-2014)
Patrick Billings

Molester filmed girl- sex acts

A Launceston man filmed himself sexually assaulting a seven-year-old girl at a church group and emailed it overseas to child pornographers, the Supreme Court in Launceston heard yesterday.
Christopher John Wright, 31, of Granville St pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent assault and three counts of committing indecent acts with a person under 17 years old in February and April last year.
He also pleaded guilty to a total of 10 counts of accessing, producing and possession of child exploitation material.
Wright admitted to police that he was sexually aroused by the girl and by children.
Crown prosecutor John Ransom said other parishioners were in the next room when the assaults took place.
He filmed the act on his iPhone and emailed it to two friends.
Commonwealth prosecutor Ian Arendt said Wright had come to the attention of the FBI in the US who contacted the Australian Federal Police.
When AFP searched the home he shared with his parents they found 2543 images and 206 videos involving children.
There were 16 images and seven videos, classed at level 5, the highest level.
Wright sat in the dock staring at the floor when a sample of the images and videos were shown to Chief Justice Ewan Crawford.
Mr Arendt told the court Wright had been looking at child pornography for at least 10 years.
"He was actively sharing, trading and exchanging child pornography from 36 email addresses with people in many countries including the UK, France and Germany," he said.
Defence counsel Adrian Hall said that the indecent acts were of short duration and his guilty plea had saved the girl from giving evidence in court.
"He has been shunned by the church," he said.
Wright had been molested at the age of six but no charges arose.
Mr Hall said Wright had been seeing a psychiatrist because he thought his accessing of pornography was getting out of control.
Justice Crawford remanded Wright in custody for sentence on December 21.

www.themercury.com.au (9-12-2011)

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