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High-risk rapist on release
Fears: High-risk rapist has been released. Picture: Lincoln Baker/The West Australian

UPDATE: A serial rapist on a strict, decade-long supervision order has been charged after allegedly breaching the order just days after his release from prison.

The sex offender with "psychopathic traits" is classed as one of WA's worst sex offenders.

He was released from prison on Monday but this morning officers from the Sex Offender Management Squad were advised by the Department of Corrective Services that he allegedly breached one of his reporting conditions.

Police said in a statement that criminal charges under Section 40 (a) of the Dangerous Sexual Offenders (DOS) Act 2006 would be preferred by summons.

He was arrested this afternoon and later charged, before being released.

He is due to appear in court next week.

The charge will be dealt with by the Magistrate's Court.

One of at least 14 Perth women targeted by the man yesterday spoke out against his release, warning he would strike again.

Despite expert evidence the man - referred to as TJD for legal reasons - was "at high risk of reoffending" and committing "life-threatening violence", the Supreme Court revoked an indefinite detention order last week.

TJD, who committed his first sex crimes as a 15-year-old in 1991, is to be freed on a decade-long supervision order, sparking fear and anger in the community. He is now aged 37.

"Do they want another Daniel Morcombe or Jill Meagher," one of his first victims said yesterday.

The woman told 6PR TJD had threatened her anonymously over the phone after going to her house with his father in 1991 to buy a puppy.

Before discovering who was behind the late-night calls, the woman never left her house alone because police had been unable to stop the threats. "I was terrified," she said. "He was threatening to rape me there and then."

In the same year, TJD committed crimes against six women, including raping a 17-year-old girl.

In 2000, he raped an 18-year-old at knifepoint. He wasn't punished for that until 2006, but had done time for other sex offences.

In 2011, TJD was categorised a dangerous sex offender and ordered held indefinitely. That was rescinded in 2012, but soon after his release on a supervision order, he breached the conditions.

After reviewing the case, Judge Kevin Sleight decided TJD could be released again under a stringent supervision order, which was supported by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

"It is clear from the material Mr TJD remains a high risk of offending and a supervision order should only be made if I am satisfied the conditions set will adequately protect the community," Judge Sleight said.

Psychiatrist Mark Hall wrote in a report to the court TJD had "prominent psychopathic traits" and his next offence was likely to occur in a relationship.

Dr Hall estimated "the offending would involve violence, with a chance of escalation to serious life-threatening violence".

Despite that and evidence TJD had sexually abused his own child recently, the judge freed him under an order that included wearing a tracking device.

Gary Adshead presents the morning program on 882 6PR

The West Australian

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