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Repeat sex offender released from prison in North Queensland

A REPEAT north Queensland sex offender who grabbed and kissed a Rockhampton woman at an ATM in 2005 and a Mackay teenager in 2006 at a bus stop has been released from prison but banned from going to schools, childcare centres, parks and shopping centres.

In May 2013 Geoffrey Doolan, 49, was placed on an indefinite detention order - but at his yearly review his ongoing incarceration was ended despite a judge declaring he remained a "serious danger to the community".

Doolan has 11 sexual offences on his criminal history dating from 1990 and more than 200 entries in total. He has repeatedly grabbed, kissed and exposed himself to women without their permission.

He was jailed for three months for a 2005 attack in Rockhampton where Doolan approached a 36-year-old woman at an ATM where he asked her for sex and kissed her without permission.

In 2006 he was jailed for a year after he attacked a 14-year-old Mackay girl who had been waiting at a bus stop. He approached the girl and asked her for sex, when she refused he grabbed her arm and kissed her on the cheek and lips.

He had also committed numerous similar offences in Townsville throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. He was drunk when he carried out all offences.

While Supreme Court Justice Ann Lyons found while Doolan continued to meet the criteria of a dangerous sexual offender she believed he could be supervised in dedicated accommodation in Townsville.

"I am satisfied that the evidence supports a finding that the adequate protection of the community can reasonably and practicably be managed by the supervision order," she said.

"However, there must be strict adherence to the terms of the order, particularly in relation to alcohol and substance use."

She declared Doolan could live at a dedicated precinct in Townsville where he will be under supervision. He has been banned from coming within 100m of schools or childcare facilities, must not visit parks without permission or shopping centres 8-9.30am and 2.30-4.30pm on school days.

Justice Lyons also ruled he must abstain from drugs and drinking and undergo random tests. - APN NEWSDESK


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