Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Serial Child Molester Lurking near Dance Studio and School

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Serial Child Molester Lurking near Dance Studio and School

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Byline: Adam Davies

A SERIAL child molester with a penchant for young girls is living in a decrepit caravan metres away from a children's dance studio and school at Goodna.

Nearby residents and business owners are concerned the vile predator may strike again given his proximity to young children and the fact no supervision order or conditions have been imposed on him.

Raymond Phillip Downs, 60, had been under a strict supervision order since his release from prison on February 10, 2005 but that ceased earlier this year.

Downs was sentenced in December, 2002 to three years behind bars after being found guilty of the indecent treatment of a young girl.

His sexual offending against pre-pubescent girls stretches back as far as 1974, however, and includes at least three lengthy stints behind bars.

The several girls he molested were aged between six and 13 at the time.

Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath failed in her bid to have the strict conditions extended for a further two years, meaning Downs is free to roam unchecked in the community.

Downs told a court hearing last year he did not want to live at another address in Goodna because the "temptation was too great" as it was across the road from a kindergarten.

A psychiatrist told the same hearing Downs had not "completely lost his deviant sexual arousal to pre-pubescent girls" and considered him to be at risk of reoffending.

The court also heard Downs had not completed any rehabilitation programs while inside prison and had breached his previous supervision order countless times.

Justice Martin Daubney dismissed the Attorney-General's application on January 8, 2016 essentially allowing Downs free reign to visit or live in areas near children.

Downs has since been living in a run down caravan located on a semi-industrial estate in Mill St, Goodna where he pays $100 per week in rent.

The caravan is located within 50m of a popular dance studio which caters for young girls aged 3 and older.

The Queensland Times observed numerous young girls in dance gear walking past the property where Downs lives on-route to the studio this week. …

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