Sam Boyer

Sam Boyer is a police reporter for the NZ Herald.

Paedophile to be under close watch for 10 years

Tony Robertson was released on Dec 11 last year. He breached his release conditions twice within five weeks of that release.
Tony Robertson was released on Dec 11 last year. He breached his release conditions twice within five weeks of that release.

A paedophile who kidnapped and molested a 5-year-old in 2005 has been deemed such a lasting danger that he will be strictly monitored for the next decade.

Tony Douglas Robertson, 26, completed an eight-year prison sentence in December. He's since breached his release conditions twice and was recalled to prison this week.

He's also this month had an "extended supervision order" slapped on him for the next decade, meaning he'll be under strict Corrections monitoring and could be sent back to prison for stepping out of line during that time.

His original sentence related to the abduction of a 5-year-old girl in Tauranga in December 2005, when he was 18.

Despite being found guilty, he continues to deny his offending, which High Court judge Justice Edwin Wylie took into account this month when slapping a 10-year extended supervision order - the maximum period available - on Robertson.

"I am satisfied that Mr Robertson poses a very considerable risk indeed," he said in his judgment last week.

"I consider that it is likely that he will commit an indecency on a child under the age of 12 years, and that he will abduct a child for the purpose of sexual connection.

"The evidence compels the conclusion that (he) is impulsive, and that he is unable to control his anger and aggression. Mr Robertson has a predilection for, and a proclivity towards, sexual offending. He has shown no remorse ... Indeed, he continues to deny it."

Robertson was released on December 11 last year, three days before his statutory release date.

He breached his release conditions twice within five weeks of that release.

He appeared in the North Shore District Court last month charged with the first breach for hosting a visitor overnight at his Parole Board-approved accommodation and pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to two months' imprisonment.

He has a scheduled hearing this month for the second breach for visiting a park, "where children were likely to congregate".

A Corrections spokeswoman said extended supervision orders allowed Corrections to monitor high-risk child sex offenders for up to 10 years after release.

"This means a person subject to an ESO will have to report to their probation officer regularly ..."

She said they could also be subject to electronic monitoring, GPS and restrictions on where they can live.

- NZ Herald

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