Paedophile's risk to community 'unacceptably high'

IPSWICH paedophile Darren Rodney Taylor has lost his bid to be released back into the community.

Taylor, 49, was sentenced in November, 2012 to seven years behind bars after pleading guilty to raping, abusing and assaulting a four-year-old boy.

The sentencing judge ordered Taylor be eligible for parole after serving two-and-a-half years.

The judge also said it would be dependant on him completing appropriate rehabilitative programs while behind bars.

Taylor applied to be released on parole shortly after becoming eligible, but the Southern Queensland Regional Parole Board refused his application after he refused to undergo a psychological assessment.

The board deemed the risk level Taylor posed to the community was unacceptably high.

Taylor took the matter to the Brisbane Supreme Court seeking a judicial review of the parole board's decision.

The court heard during a hearing on February 15, 2016 Taylor had also failed to do sex offending programs to treat his paedophilia.

It heard Taylor was deemed unsuitable to participate in offender programs because of his categorical denial surrounding his offences.

Justice Peter Flanagan, in handing down his decision on February 29, said Taylor had not proven the seven grounds he had based his application on.

Justice Flanagan said the board was well within its rights to refuse Taylor's parole application and dismissed the case.

 


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