Sex offender caught after prison release

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A repeat sex offender has been caught trying to "corrupt" children months after his release from a Queensland prison.

Adam Lee Murray Crosswell, 35, was released in February 2020 on a strict 10-year supervision order into a precinct for sex offenders at Wacol south of Brisbane, the District Court was told on Monday.

However, six months later a search of his residence found a phone he had obtained without permission contained several child exploitation images and that he had shared them with 11 users on social media.

It was also discovered he had communicated with a 15-year-old girl and 13-year-old boy posing as a teenager, sending child exploitation photos and having "sexualised discussions".

"This is the third time now that you have been before the courts connecting with young children and trying to corrupt them using the internet," Judge Paul Smith said.

"It's a serious example of a breach of the order."

Crosswell had previous relevant convictions in 2012 and 2016, the court heard.

He received a jail term in Bundaberg in 2012 for "sexual offending" after communicating with a police officer who was posing as an eight-year-old boy online.

Brisbane-born Crosswell became a member of the Dangerous Prisoners program in June 2016 after receiving another jail term on child exploitation charges, the court heard.

Crosswell had an extensive Queensland criminal history, starting when he was a juvenile after being sexually abused at Brisbane-based charity organisation BoysTown as a child.

The court was also told he had been diagnosed with depression and PTSD, overdosing in April 2020 on anti-depressants just months after being released on the supervision order under the Dangerous Prisoners Act.

Crosswell was sentenced to a total of four years' jail after pleading guilty to two counts of using the internet to procure a child under 16 and one each of distributing child exploitation material, possessing child exploitation material and contravening a relevant order.

He will be eligible for parole immediately with his 640 days spent in custody considered time served.

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