A 22-year-old reportable offender described as “a little bit hopeless” faced court once again
A 22-year-old reportable offender described as “a little bit hopeless” faced court once again

‘Reportable offender’ failed to tell police about toddler

A 22-year-old reportable offender was convicted in Gympie Magistrates Court after he failed to notify police of ongoing physical contact with a two-year-old girl.

Due to his previous offences, Jayden Anthony Jacobson, is required to inform authorities of any continuous contact with a minor within 24 hours.

After spending a week with his friend’s toddler, Jacobson failed to advise police in enough time and as a result found himself in court.

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Solicitor Chris Anderson said Jacobson could be described as “a little bit hopeless” when it came to his reporting obligations.

“The nature of the contact was of a minor nature, he did not even start down the journey of grooming type behaviour,” Mr Anderson said.

“The offending for which he was placed on this reporting condition involved a much older person, still under the age of 16, but completely different circumstances.”

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Police prosecutor Melissa Campbell said the last time Jacobson failed to report to police, he was fined $1000.

“He’s had that warning that the court takes it very seriously and the community takes it seriously,” Sergeant Campbell said.

Mr Anderson said Jacobson has been a reportable offender for five years but has just been offered a job on a fishing trawler to start on February 4.

Jacobson was fined $500 and a conviction was recorded.

Gympie Times


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