Teen charged with sex offences allowed to live with children

A TEENAGER charged with sex offences against children has been granted bail to live in a Warana home with kids.

The decision to grant the teenager bail has angered police, who are understood to be considering an appeal.

Magistrate Bernadette Callaghan, whose past decisions have been criticised as lenient, granted the teenager bail in Caboolture Magistrates Court yesterday.

The 18-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, faces two charges of indecent treatment of a child under 12.

Police had opposed the bail application because of the nature of the alleged offences and the potential risk to children at his new address.

It is understood some of the children at the home where the teenager will live are the same age as those he is alleged to have offended against.

Child safety advocate Hetty Johnston, Bravehearts founder and chief executive officer, was concerned about the decision to grant bail.

"Without knowing all the details of the case, it's hard to imagine a case where sending an alleged child sex offender to live with children is okay," Ms Johnston said.

"It's just unfair to put that young person in that situation and it's unfair for the children who are living in that house."

Ms Johnston said sending an alleged child sex offender to live with children was like sending a recovering alcoholic to a bar.

Prosecutors have asked the Queensland Police Service solicitor to consider appealing the bail decision.

The teenager is due back in court on August 1 for committal mention.


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