Sex offender fails to report
A MAN who moved interstate after he had been placed on the child sex offender register was prosecuted in Gympie Magistrates Court for failing to report his whereabouts to police after moving to the area.
The court heard Gympie’s Child Protection Unit received information from Northern Territory police about a Christopher Alan White who moved to Gympie and was given until the end of June to tell police.
When he failed to report to the station within the designated month, officers found him at Widgee in August and charged him for failing to report and for a secondary offence of possession of a dangerous drug, cannabis.
White told officers he was living at Noosa Road, however they paid him a visit in September and his former housemate told police he had moved out.
Magistrate Maxine Baldwin told the court she was concerned because when White appeared in custody in early September he lied to her about where he was living.
“My concern is about what he’s trying to avoid... Why did he try to hide his address from the court?” she asked.
“I am tempted to give you a jail term because you bareface lied.”
White was sentenced to one month in prison with immediate release on parole and to another month in prison suspended for 12 months.
He was fined $500 for possessing dangerous drugs.