Register plans for TJD s photo

Serial sex offender TJD could soon have his photograph added to WA's online sex offender register, which would reveal his face to people living near him but not his name.

The identity of TJD has been withheld from the public because some of his crimes were committed when he was a child.

Police Minister Liza Harvey told Parliament yesterday she expected TJD would be added to the community protection website "in the near future".

Outside Parliament, Mrs Harvey said police were determining whether publishing TJD's face, in the absence of a name, would fall foul of the Supreme Court. "I don't think it would, which is why I went out on a limb and said I expect he will be published," she said.

Tier one of the website publishes the faces and names of reportable offenders who go missing and tier two reveals only the face on request from searchers who provide a driver's licence number and address of a neighbouring suburb.

Authorities have to give offenders 21 days notice of their proposed publication. TJD was released by the court on March 11 - 24 days ago.

Shadow police minister Michelle Roberts said TJD should have been added to the register as soon as he was released, but Mrs Harvey said that would have been illegal.

"When we debated this register, the Opposition said we would encourage vigilante behaviour and paedophiles to go AWOL," Mrs Harvey said. "None of that happened. Now I've got them demanding we circumvent all process and publish this guy's face the day the courts have released him."

The West Australian

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