The last time a paedophile who is living near a Hastings primary school offended he had been out of jail for only two days.
Frederick Peter Bailey, 60, has more than nine convictions for indecencies, and a history of offending on parole. He was moved into a flat in the suburb of Mahora last week.
Corrections said he was being watched closely and would be moved as soon as a more suitable placement was found. He is wearing an electronic home detention anklet and the flat has an alarm.
Neighbours are outraged, saying there are three schools and two kindergartens close by, and the street is a main route for children walking to school.
Another week; another sexual predator is released into the community. At least this time, the identity and location of Bailey is known, unlike the rapist we blogged about last week.
So this is the background to the man currently living in Mahora (our emphasis added):
Bailey was first charged with sexual offending when he was 38. In March 2003 he was sentenced to preventive detention for an assault on a 13-year-old boy in Paraparaumu.
He was on parole at the time, which included the condition that he not have unsupervised contact with children under the age of 16.
Five months later that sentence was overturned by the Court of Appeal, which said it was Bailey's final warning. It imposed a five-year jail term.
That court noted that repeated attempts at rehabilitation had failed and Bailey was at high risk of reoffending.
In 2007, as he was due to be freed from jail, Bailey did not oppose a special 10-year supervision order. However, within two days of getting out of prison he tried to entice a 13-year-old boy into his home.
He succeeded in luring a 15-year-old boy into his house, and smoked cannabis and watched pornography with him.
Hearing those charges in Wellington District Court in 2008, Judge Susan Thomas sent Bailey back to jail for 22 months, saying he had limited ability to control his sexual impulses.
Corrections said Bailey had fulfilled his jail term and had to be freed. However, it was strictly imposing the special supervision order.
He had attended rehabilitation courses but Corrections still considered him high risk, regional manager Heather Mackie said.
In this instance, the offender is a paedophile with a long history of sexual offending against children and teenagers. And yet he has been paroled to a place surrounded by schools and kindergartens; what the heck is Corrections thinking? We realise that Bailey has served his sentence, and that apart from the extended supervision order, there is little that can be done. We can't help but wonder why a sentence of preventive detention wasn't imposed after Bailey's most recent offending, a warning having been given the time before that. At least then Frederick Peter Bailey would be incarcerated, and the children of Hastings would feel a whole lot safer.