A convicted child sexual predator who told a psychologist he planned to prey on children again as soon as he was released from jail will have his every move monitored by Corrective Services for the next five years.
NSW Supreme Court judge Justice Ian Harrison on Friday ordered Wollongong man Aaron David Vincent be subject to a five-year extended supervision order after finding he had a “chronic and permanent” attraction to children that made the chance of him committing further serious sex offences “inevitable”.
Under the order, Vincent will have to adhere to 55 conditions including wearing an ankle monitor, providing a weekly schedule of movements, not attend places where children congregate and undergoing drug and alcohol testing.
He will also have his social media use monitored and he’s been banned from changing his name or appearance without consent from his supervising officer.
Vincent’s history of inappropriate sexual behaviour and comments stems back to the mid-2000s when he told a woman he was talking to online that he had sexually assaulted female relatives. He later told investigating police it was “just a joke”.
However, Vincent’s behaviour escalated from there: in 2009 told a woman he’d contacted in an internet chat room that he had abused girls as young as two years old, while in 2011 he was convicted of possessing child pornography.
He was sentenced to short jail terms on both occasions.
His most serious offence to date occurred in March 2014 when he had sex with an underage girl in his Wollongong apartment.
Judge Paul Conlon jailed Vincent 15 months but he was released on parole after 10 months. He has since committed further crimes, including violating orders banning him from being near children.
He is currently behind bars after being arrested on May 29 for further contraventions of court orders.
Justice Harrison said Vincent’s criminal history showed a “pattern of offending”, however he also expressed considerable concern about what Vincent himself had told psychologists and telephone help lines about his intentions towards children when released.
The court heard Vincent had contacted help lines in the past and falsely “disclosed” sexual offences he’d committed against children. On each occasion he would masturbate while making the disclosures.
Vincent also told psychologists he was “unable to change his behaviour” and would act on his urges, telling one doctor “I don’t know what I would do if I was left alone in a room with [female] children”.
Justice Harrison acknowledged that Vincent was willing to try anti-libido medicine but said the outlook for any sort of recovery was bleak.
“I am unable presently to foresee a time when the risk that Mr Vincent will commit a further serious sex offence will not be present,” he said.
“I can’t ignore the fact that Mr Vincent has acknowledged himself that there is a real risk if he is left alone with a female child.
“I consider that Mr Vincent’s risk risk can be managed but it can never be eradicated.”
Extended supervision order conditions for Aaron Vincent:
*Weekly schedule of movements (not to be changed with supervising officer’s permission)
*Live at an approved address and abide by nighttime curfew
*No visitors or overnight guests without prior approval from Corrective Services
*Banned from attending cinemas, schools, theme parks, concerts, sport playing fields, pools, caravan parks or anywhere else children congregate
*Banned from adult shops where sexually explicit material or entertainment is sold
*No job, volunteer work or educational course without prior approval
*Regular random drug and alcohol testing
*No contact with anyone under 18 unless approved by supervising officer
*Inform supervising officer if any any intimate relationship begins
*Provide a list of all internet accounts and devices used to access them
*Consent to body searches
*Not to change name or appearance without approval from supervising officer
*Surrender any travel documents including passport
*Attend all rehabilitation programs and courses directed by supervising officer
*Non-association with people consuming or under the influence of illegal drugs