Paedophile likely to offend again

AN IPSWICH paedophile will pose a real risk of reoffending once he is released from jail for stalking a teenage girl, Ipswich District Court heard.

Gordon Anthony Allwood, 42, met a 15-year-old girl and her father in Gatton last January when they arrived to offer assistance to flood victims.

Allwood spent four months stalking the teenager via indecent text messages, following her to work and watching her when she was out.

Crown prosecutor Sarah Maleckas told the court the girl and her family were scared and distressed by Allwood's "grooming" behaviour.

Allwood pleaded guilty to unlawful stalking in March and the case was adjourned until Friday for his defence to obtain a psychiatric report.

The report declared Allwood refused to accept what he did was wrong.

Judge Deborah Richards said Allwood still denied responsibility for his actions and did not understand the significance of his behaviour.

She said Allwood would pose a real risk of further offending once released.

Allwood was sentenced to two years jail. With time already spent in custody, he will be eligible to apply for parole on July 14.

Allwood also pleaded guilty to failing to comply with his reporting obligations as a registered sex offender and was sentenced to six months prison, to be served concurrently with the two-year head sentence.

In March the court heard Allwood told his victim he had an 18-year-old friend named David and pretended to be him in some of the texts.

He also asked for naked photos of her and offered to send her naked photos of himself.

Ms Maleckas noted Allwood had almost identical offences in his criminal history, which included convictions for aggravated sexual assault and indecent treatment of boys.



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