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Make friends, sex fiend told

A convicted pedophile with a history of abducting young girls off the street needed to brush up his social skills so he would no longer be a high risk of reoffending in a significant way, a court was told yesterday.
The Supreme Court in Brisbane heard Shane Charles Waghorn remained a high risk to the community but if he continued with one-on-one therapy with a psychologist there was a chance he could be released late this year on a supervised order.
Should he be returned to the community this year, he could be among the first currently incarcerated sex offenders in Queensland subject to monitoring by 24-hour GPS technology.
Premier Anna Bligh last week announced the new system after bowing to pressure from a public campaign to replace the electronic tags used to track sex offenders.
Waghorn has not completed a High Intensity Sex Offenders Program because he claimed to have been victimised by staff and other prisoners.
Waghorn, now 51, was jailed for 14 years in 1992 after he attacked a 10-year-old girl as she walked home. He grabbed her, forced her into his car and later sexually assaulted her.
In the ACT in 1984, Waghorn was jailed for eight years for abducting a girl, 8, to have carnal knowledge.
At the end of Waghorn's 14-year jail sentence in Queensland, in July 2006, he was detained indefinitely under the state's Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act.
On three occasions at annual reviews Waghorn was deemed too dangerous to release.
Waghorn was before the Supreme Court in Brisbane yesterday for an annual review of his indefinite detention.
Two psychiatrists, Professor Barry Nurcombe and Dr Josephine Sunden, agreed that Waghorn remained a high risk.
However, both noted that Waghorn had begun therapy rather than take part in the High Intensity Sexual Offenders Program.
Prof Nurcombe said Waghorn appeared to be progressing well on the new program and would benefit from further therapy.
He said Waghorn had no close friends, had problems in group therapy and had never, as a child, adolescent or adult, been able to relate to people.
Prof Nurcombe said it was important that Waghorn work on his social skills to allow him to be able to rejoin the community.
Dr Sunden said she would like to review Waghorn after he had completed at least another four months of therapy.
Justice Glen Martin adjourned the hearing until not before December 14 to allow Waghorn to continue therapy and the psychiatrists to then assess him.


www.couriermail.com.au (15-6-2011)
Mark Oberhardt http://www.couriermail.com.au/ipad/make-friends-sex-fiend-told/story-fn6ck45n-1226075226601



Convicted pedophile Shane Charles Waghorn ordered to continue psychological therapy before being considered for release

A Convicted pedophile with a history of abducting young girls remained a high risk of reoffending if released into the community, a court has heard.
However, the Supreme Court in Brisbane heard if Shane Charles Waghorn continued with one-on-one therapy with a psychologist there was a chance he could be released later this year on a supervised order.
Waghorn was before the Supreme Court in Brisbane today for another annual review of his indefinite detention.
Two psychiartists - Professor Barry Nurcombe and Dr Jospehine Sunden - agreed that Waghorn remained a high risk of reoffending.
However, both noted that Waghorn had begun one-on-one therapy with a psychologist rather than take part in the High Intensity Sexual Offenders Program.
Professor Nurcombe said Waghorn appeared to be progressing well on the new program, and would benefit from further such therapy.
He said Wahgorn, who had no close friends, had problems in group therapy and had never as a child, adolescent or adult been able to relate to people.
Professor Nurcombe said it was important that Waghorn work on his social skills to allow him to be able to rejoin the community.
Dr Sunden agreed that Waghorn had problems in group situations, and Waghorn believed he was victimised by other prisoners.
She said she would like to review Waghorn after he had completed at least another four months of therapy.
Justice Glen Martin adjourned the hearing until not before December 14 to allow Waghorn to continue therapy and the psychiatrists to then assess him.
He said the Dangerous Prisoners Act was not just to keep prisoners in jail, but also to help them be ready to return to the community.
Waghorn, now 51, was jailed for 14 years in 1992 after he attacked a 10-year-old girl as she walked home along a road.
He grabbed her, forced her into the boot of his car but was chased by a concerned man who saw the abduction.
Waghorn was able to escape and drove the child to a lonely bush area where he bound her hands behind her back and sexually assaulted her.
Police arrived and saved the child from further harm.
In the ACT in 1984, Waghorn was jailed for eight years for abducting a girl, 8, to have carnal knowledge.
He abducted a girl who was with a younger friend. He picked her up, put her in the boot of his car before driving off as she screamed.
After travelling about five kilometres he released the girl from the boot, put her into a seat in the car and then drove to a place where he indecently assaulted her.
He was also convicted of another sexual assault upon a young woman, for which he was sentenced to a concurrent term of one year.
At the end of Waghorn's 14-year jail sentence in Queensland in July 2006, he was detained indefinitely under the state's Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act.
On three occasions at annual reviews Waghorn was deemed too dangerous to release and his detention order has been maintained.


www.news.com.au (14-6-2011)
http://www.news.com.au/convicted-pedophile-shane-charles-waghorn-ordered-to-continue-psychological-therapy-before-being-considered-for-release/story-e6freoof-1226074898086






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