Sex offender to remain in jail for treatment past release

A NORTH Queensland pedophile with a 20-year history of groping children and women in public places will be detained in jail past his release date.

The Attorney-General successfully applied on Monday to have Geoffrey Doolan, 47, kept in custody under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003 for further treatment.

Psychiatrist Scott Harden told Brisbane Supreme Court that Doolan was an "extremely high risk" to the community unless there was a way to "enforce sobriety".

He said Doolan had the "highest risk associated with alcohol that I've seen so far" when it came to reoffending.

Dr Harden said Doolan was attracted to young girls aged 12 to 13, mature women and young boys and he opportunistically attacked them while drunk.

He said Doolan could not recall a day without alcohol since he was 17.

Dr Harden said he had not been able to think of any strategies to separate Doolan from alcohol.

Dr Harden said Doolan could benefit from a sexual offender treatment program, with Dr Donald Grant suggesting one for indigenous men at Lotus Glen Correctional Centre, at Mareeba.

Dr Grant said he hoped such a program might help Doolan gain some insight into his sexual offending and reduce his risk to moderate.

"He's blaming it all on alcohol and disinhibition from alcohol," he said.

A 14-year-old girl was sick and started retching after Doolan grabbed her and kissed her on the lips while she waited for a school bus in Mackay.

He was sentenced to 12 months for that attack.

Doolan had previously received three months in jail for kissing a woman, 36, and asking her for sex outside an ATM in Rockhampton.

He also received six months in jail for grabbing a 22-year-old woman's breasts and squeezing them in 1996, 15 months before putting his hand up the skirt of a 13-year-old girl outside a cinema in 2000; 12 months for grabbing a woman, 23, and making a sexual suggestion in 2001 - all in Townsville.

Doolan was supposed to be released on May 5 for his most recent sexual offences, involving two brothers, aged 12 and 13.

Kay Philipson, counsel for the Attorney-General, said it was feared Doolan would return to touching people sexually in public places because the doctors had trouble even coming up with a regime to reduce the risk of harm to the general public.

She said adequate protection of the community was paramount.

Barrister Julie Sharp, acting for Doolan, noted none of the psychiatrists could properly assess the risk if her client could remain sober because it had not happened before.

She said this was an exercise in crystal ball gazing because Doolan had never had the support a supervision order would bring.

Justice Peter Applegarth ruled Doolan would remain in custody for further treatment.



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