Victim warned against sex offender's release

JOELLE DALLY
Last updated 12:21 27/11/2013

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The victim of a child sex offender says she is ''devastated'' he was able to hurt another young woman.

John Raymond Sisson, 47, has been recalled to prison after he was caught secretly filming a teenage woman in the shower and toilet.

The Kaiapoi man has also had another year added to his jail sentence.

Sisson was released on parole in December 2011 after serving half of a 12-year jail term for sexually violating a girl when she was 12 years old.

He was jailed in 2005, but continued to deny the offending.

The victim said she wrote to the Parole Board before the 2011 hearing saying Sisson should not be let out as she feared he would re-offend.

The Parole Board report said it took her views into account, but released Sisson because he was assessed as a low risk of re-offending, had ''impeccable'' prison behaviour and support outside prison.

Sisson was recalled to prison in August this year after he was caught of filming a teenage woman in the shower and toilet.

She had been staying at the house where Sisson and his partner lived.

Sisson pleaded guilty to two charges of making intimate visual recordings. 

At his sentencing on Monday, the Christchurch District Court heard the teenage woman noticed the camera on the bathroom cabinet.

Sisson told her that he was changing the batteries and accidentally left it there. He deleted the recordings, but the police were able to recover them.

His first victim, who has name suppression, said when she heard about the filming incidents, she was ''devastated''.

''I'm really quite angry no-one listened to me,'' she said.

She was critical of the Parole Board for releasing him. She felt he should serve a full sentence.

''He said everything they wanted to hear and got out [of prison].''

''They need to work a lot on their processes. Obviously it's not working.'' 

''I don't have any faith in that system.''

There was only one positive from his reoffending: ''hopefully people have become aware of what he's like. It's sad someone else had to get hurt for that to happen.''

Sisson sexually abused her several years. She said she was initially not believed when she complained. People ''need to start actually listening to children'', she said. 

Defence counsel Tom Stevens said Sisson's filming of the teenage woman was foolish.

He was having difficulty coping with his parole, had financial issues, and his decision-making became erratic and illogical. Sisson deleted the images immediately, he said. 

Judge David Holderness said Sisson's explanation for the filming was difficult to accept, and was not relevant because of his grossly invasive, highly inappropriate actions.

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Sisson's psychological report said he was at a relatively high risk of similar re-offending because of his lack of desire to undertake treatment.

Judge Holderness said because of the repeated conduct and lack of remorse, he was adding another 12 months to Sisson's current prison sentence.

- The Press

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