Registered child sex offender prevented from travelling overseas in South Australia

This is a joint media release between the Australian Federal Police and South Australia Police.

A 54-year-old South Australian man, registered under the Child Sex Offenders Registration Act (SA), has been prevented from leaving the country under new laws restricting overseas travel by registered offenders.

On Monday, 9 July 2018, a Border Alert was activated at Adelaide Airport when the man, who is registered on the Australian National Child Offender Register (ANCOR) with no permission for overseas travel, attempted to leave Australia on an international flight.

Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers responded to the Border Alert regarding the ANCOR breach and prevented the man from leaving Australia under the new legislation.

The Passports Legislation Amendment (Overseas Travel by Child Sex Offenders) Act 2017 (Cth) was introduced on 13 December 2017. This new legislation makes it a Commonwealth offence for Australian citizens who are on a child protection offender register with reporting responsibilities to leave Australia without permission.

The man will be summonsed to appear before an Adelaide court for attempting to leave Australia without permission pursuant to section 271A.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).

AFP Manager Victim Based Crime Commander Lesa Gale said this new legislation provides an opportunity for the AFP and its state and territory policing partners to monitor the movements of child sex offenders and protect both the Australian and global community.

“The new legislation shows ‘zero tolerance’ to adults who prey on the most vulnerable members of our community; our children,” Commander Gale said.

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AFP National Media: (02) 6131 6333
SA Police Media: (08) 7322 3848

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