Paedophile's 'snuff' sex plot revealed

A NOTORIOUS paedophile who allegedly planned to set up a "snuff camp" on his release from jail was freed on a legal technicality that left him unsupervised in the community for almost six months.

The notorious sex offender, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was released from jail after his sentence expired in its entirety on April 23 last year.

He only reappeared on the prison radar after being re-arrested in October for a raft of fraud offences in the Wollongong area of NSW.

Six months before his release, prison intelligence uncovered a set of letters being sent by the inmate to another paedophile, a former scoutmaster, located in a separate wing of Goulburn jail.

The pair had planned to set up a "snuff camp" in country NSW upon their release.

The letters outlined the names, ages and addresses of the child victims they intended to abduct - all were living around the Mudgee and Rylestone areas of NSW.

The two men had secured funding to buy a secluded, rural property to film the videos, and vehicles to assist with transport.

They discussed procedures they would undertake if police ever cottoned on to their plans.

Prior to his release, prison authorities flagged the inmate as being a danger to the public, and applied to keep him behind bars under a Continuing Detention Order (CDO).

The application would have seen the man imprisoned for another five years.

The Sunday Telegraph has learned that just after the CDO process began, the inmate was charged and convicted after officers found hand-drawn images of child pornography in his cell.

The man was sentenced to a further four years in jail, which meant the CDO could no longer be made. A CDO can only be made for a sex offender six months before their release.

An appeals judge later reduced his sentence and he was immediately released into the community, despite Department of Corrective Services' attempts to keep him in custody.

He remained off the police radar until last October, when he was arrested over a $500,000 fraud scam in Wollongong.

He will appear in a Sydney court tomorrow to answer the fresh charges.

A Corrective Services spokeswoman said the department was aware of the matter and circumstances surrounding his release.

Source : https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/snuff-sex-plot-busted/news-story/6a97b2829082f8cb7506ae56095e69ab

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