Sex offender gets 10-year supervision

IAN STEWARD
Last updated 17:52 21/02/2014

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A sex offender who abducted a five-year-old girl has been put on a 10-year extended supervision order.

Tony Douglas Robertson, 26, sparked a massive manhunt in Tauranga in 2005 after he abducted the girl off the street and sexually assaulted her.

He served eight years in prison and was released in December 2013.

The Department of Corrections applied to have Robertson placed on an extended supervision order so he can be monitored for 10 years following his sentence.

Robertson fought the order in the High Court, but psychologists reported that he denied his offending and had not undergone any rehabilitation in prison.

He had violent outbursts and had been charged with breaching one of his parole conditions - entering a park - within a month of his release.

Justice Edwin Wylie said Robertson had "an appalling criminal history".

"The offending has extended to sexual offending against young children. I am satisfied that any further sexual offending by Mr Robertson would be likely to involve pre-pubescent female children, who have been abducted after being deceived into accompanying him. The evidence compels the conclusion that Mr Robertson is impulsive, and that he is unable to control his anger and aggression."

Justice Wylie made the Extended Supervision Order for 10 years - the longest period possible.

Figures from Corrections show there are currently 242 offenders on Extended Supervision Orders.

The youngest offender with an ESO is 18 years-old, the oldest is 78,  and the average age of offenders was 45.


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