The enforcement of the release conditions of those convicted of serious sexual offences, such as rape and paedophilia, is spiralling out of control claims Denis Naughten TD. Since 2008 there has been a shocking 400% increase in the number of persons breaching the terms of their released from prison following convictions for rape, offences against children, as well as other serious sexual offences.
In 2008 there were 16 persons prosecuted for breaching their negligible post release condition of informing the Gardaí of where they are living, but by 2011 this had increased to 61, and for the first 6 months of 2012 the figure is 33 such breaches. In total there are 1,204 persons subject to the requirements of informing the Gardaí of their place of residence which is the only condition placed on those who are on the “sex offenders register”.
Sadly, this 400% hike in prosecutions are only the tip of the iceberg, and more than likely belies the reality of the situation as not all those who fail to comply with this release condition are actually prosecuted, with many convicted sex simply disappearing altogether.
According to TD Denis Naughten “for those who don’t comply with the terms of their release, the current conditions are lax enough to put woman and children at a grossly unacceptable risk from determined to reoffend. Effectively, the current system has left Gardaí working with one hand tied behind their backs.”
Denis Naughten, who recently published a new law which would enable parents to enquire whether persons coming into contact with their child or vulnerable adult have been convicted of a sexual offence or otherwise pose a serious danger, continued; “That’s why it is imperative that it is not just the Gardaí who monitor sex offenders but, under certain conditions, parents would have the right to know if a high risk paedophile has access to their child.”
“Such a law would have the added benefit of bring suspicions activity to the attention of the Gardaí, thereby, in some cases leading to further prosecutions for breaches of sex offenders release conditions” concluded Denis Naughten.