Chance convicted child groomer could be released from jail

A convicted child sex predator with "significant psychopathic traits" will be assessed by two psychiatrists to determine whether he would be a danger to the community if released from jail.

Shiloh Dakota William Harmatz, 24, was sentenced in the Maroochydore District Court on November 5, 2018 for 40 child-sex crimes, including grooming a child under 16, indecent treatment of a child and possessing child exploitation material.

Six girls aged between 12 and 14 were manipulated into sending a combined 191 nude photographs to Harmatz, who told police he didn't care how old they were, as long as they were hot.

He was jailed for 18 months on top of other sentences he was already serving and is due for release on November 17, 2020.

In a court document handed down by the Supreme Court of Queensland on Tuesday, it was determined Harmatz first needs to undergo psychiatric examination to determine if he would be a danger to the community if released.

The court heard reports prepared by psychiatrist Dr Beech on June 27, 2018 and May 27, 2020, found Harmatz showed little remorse for his actions.

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The report also said Harmatz had "significant anti-social and psychopathic traits" and was at high risk of reoffending if released into the community without supervision.

According to court documents, Harmatz would primarily add his victims on Facebook before using Snapchat to exchange nude photographs with them.

The videos Harmatz sent to his victims included him masturbating and on one occasion, ejaculating into a pot plant.

Police searched his Mothar Mountain home and found nude images of his victims on his phone, some of which involved penetration.

Others were of the victims in various states of undressing

When interviewed by police, Harmatz told them he spoke to "hundreds of chicks", sometimes 10 to 30 at a time.

"Well the question that should be going through me [sic] mind is are they an appropriate age? Are they legal?," he told officers.

"The only thing that's going through my mind usually is, 'are they hot?'"

He claimed he never met up with any underage girls.

The documents stated Harmatz would send sexually explicit messages to the girls describing acts he wanted to perform on them.

He continued to message one of the victims, a 13-year-old girl, after he was sentenced in June 2016 for similar offending.

He had targeted victims aged between 12 to 15.

In June 2016, Harmatz was sentenced to three years jail and released on immediate parole.

His parole was cancelled on October 2, 2016 for his reoffending on July 27, 2016 where he was sentenced to six months' jail.

On December 19, 2018, Harmatz was also convicted of failing to comply with the reporting requirements of the Child Protection Act.

Justice David Boddice said after taking into account Dr Beech's reports and Harmatz's criminal history, he believed Harmatz would be a "serious danger" to the community if released.

Mr Boddice said there were reasonable grounds to order the psychiatric examination.

He stated here was an "unacceptable risk" Harmatz would commit serious sexual offences against children if he was released from custody without the order.



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