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Released WA pedophile back behind bars
Released WA pedophile back behind bars

A Perth paedophile released from jail despite committing offences on bail and then breaching his release conditions is facing more time behind bars, after admitting possession of child pornography.

Paul Douglas Allen, 33, was first jailed in 2000 after offences against seven children aged between four and 10 years. Some of the offences were committed while Allen was on bail or parole.

Sentenced to more than five years in prison, an application was considered that Allen be ranked among WA's worst sex offenders, but instead he was released on strict conditions, including taking anti-libidinal drugs and a ban on using the internet unsupervised.

In 2009, Allen was found to have breached those conditions 14 times - including having dozens of DVDs and newspaper cuttings featuring non-sexual images of children.

After initially jailing Allen, Justice Peter Blaxell then allowed his release on even stricter conditions.

But on Wednesday, Allen appeared in Perth Magistrates Court, charged with breaching his release conditions five times, and one count of possessing child pornography.

He admitted that charge, which the court was told constituted the possession of numerous pictures of children under 13 being sexually abused and committing sex acts, which were discovered last September.

He will be sentenced in WA's District Court in March, after psychological reports are carried out.

Allen's court appearance came amid public outrage over the escape from prison of rapist Cameron John Graham, who had been allowed to travel to Geraldton from a prison in Perth to be closer to his family for Christmas.

Graham had been jailed in November for 11 years for breaking into a woman's home and repeatedly raping her, while threatening to kill her young children who were sleeping nearby.


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