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Sex offender denied bail in Bendigo court
A convicted child sex offender who police believe is at “very high risk” of re-offending has
had his bid for freedom denied.
Peter Pryse, 35, faced Bendigo Magistrates Court yesterday charged with three contraventions of
the sex offender register.
Pryse was placed on the sex offender register for life after being convicted of indecently assaulting
a six-year-old girl and a seven-year-old boy in 2004.
Police arrested Pryse on Wednesday night when it was found he was living with two six-year-old boys,
the sons of his partner, without notifying authorities.
He had also failed to tell police about a motorbike he had purchased in 2008 and a change of address.
Anyone on the sex offender register must comply with a strict set of conditions including notifying
police of a long list of personal details.
Police informant Detective Senior Constable Fisher said Pryse had broken these conditions twice
before, once for failing to disclose personal details and another time for living with a child
without notifying police.
Pryce’s defence counsel Peter Baker said he understood his client would be facing jail time for
this third breach but applied for bail until the matter was finalised.
The ultimately unsuccessful application was opposed by police who argued Pryse was at serious
risk of re-offending while on bail.
“The risk of a registered sex offender re-offending is categorised as low, medium and high – he
is listed as very high,” Detective Fisher said of Pryse.
Detective Fisher said he was “frightened” by the fact Pryse had lived on and off with his girlfriend
and her twin boys since the start of the year.
He said Pryse had only told the woman “half the story” in regards to his offending.
“He told her he revealed himself to a young girl when he was drunk,” he said.
The reality, Magistrate Jennifer Tregent said, was much more concerning.
“He rubbed and licked the vagina of a child who was six,” she said.
“He fondled the penis of the seven-year-old victim.”
Ms Tregent said Pryse had also abused the trust of his partner.
“It concerns me greatly he isn’t telling police about living with his partner and her children
who are exactly the same age as his past victims.
“I am concerned with protective issues in relation to the children.
“I am going to deny bail.”
Pryse was remanded to appear in the Bendigo Magistrates Court on May 30.
Child sex offender cops fine
A Bendigo man with a conviction for sexually assaulting a six-year-old girl appeared
in the magistrates court this week charged with failing to comply with the sex offender registry.
In the early 2000s, Peter Pryse, 34, was convicted of four counts of committing an indecent act
with, or in the presence of, a child under 16.
He was sentenced to a minimum of three years in jail and listed as a serious sex offender.
Earlier this year Pryse was interviewed by police and charged after he was found to have an unauthorised
internet account.Serious sex offenders listed on the registry must notify their case worker of their
personal circumstances, providing their address, phone number and internet provider details.
They must also declare any access they have with children, whether it’s through a new relationship,
their employment or their involvement with a sports club.
Pryse did not notify his case worker about his internet access.He pleaded guilty to the
charge in the Bendigo Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
During the plea hearing, the court was told that in July Pryse had also been convicted
of failing to notify the registry about his contact with a young child.
There was no suggestion that he sexually assaulted the child. On that matter, Pryse was
sentenced to one month in jail, suspended for 12 months.
In regards to the internet matter, he was convicted and fined $1000.
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