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Pedophile lived next to child care

A CONVICTED pedophile, who was caught living next to a child care centre, had videos of children crying on his mobile phone, a court was told. Police allegedly discovered Christopher Noel Gay was living next door to an Ipswich child care centre last week.

Gay was convicted in 2002 of seven charges of indecent treatment of a child aged under 12 and one charge of indecent assault relating to offences committed in 1993 and 1994. He was sentenced to two years jail wholly suspended for four years and was declared a registered child sex offender for 15 years.

People placed on the Child Protection Offender Registry must report to police annually and tell the authorities about any change in residential address, job or car registration.

But police allege Gay failed to report after being released from prison, failed to keep his annual reporting obligations and did not inform police that he started living next to the child care centre.

Gay was arrested on Friday and pleaded guilty to traffic offences.

But the 45-year-old was released from custody after being granted bail in Ipswich Magistrates Court before detectives could provide a formal objection.

Police arrested Gay again on Saturday and yesterday successfully applied to revoke his bail.

Prosecutor Sergeant Kevin Carmont told the court Gay provided the address next to the child care centre when he was given bail on Friday.

“It causes a great deal of alarm to the community at large and the prosecution,” Sgt Carmont said.

Sgt Carmont said Gay’s phone contained photos and video footage of crying children, which while not of a sexual or criminal nature, was worrying.

Defence lawyer Amanda Robinson said her client, who is unemployed, did not realise the home was next to a child care centre.

But Magistrate Donna MacCallum pointed out Gay allegedly told police he had lived at the home from “time to time”.

Ms Robinson said Gay believed he only had to report annually for eight years and could live with his sister in Inala – but the address is within one kilometre of a primary school.

Ms MacCallum refused bail and Gay was remanded in custody.

Gay is expected to next face court on three charges of failing to comply with reporting conditions on July 2.

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