Serial sex offender has release hearing scheduled

A GLADSTONE-born sex offender will have to wait a further four months to find out whether he will be released back into the community after more than a decade behind bars.

His release hearing has been scheduled for November 3.

John Alexander Doyle, 53, was convicted on February 20, 1987, and sentenced to 10 years in jail for a series of offences in which he broke into houses at night and sexually abused young boys.

The offences were committed against seven males aged between 10-20 years of age.

He was granted parole for those offences on July 24, 1992.

Doyle was once again hauled before the courts and was convicted on June 17, 1999, on 44 offences including supplying drugs to minors, deprivation of liberty, stealing, fraud and assault.

Doyle, who was on parole at the time of the offences between June, 1996, and January, 1997, was sentenced to serve out the remainder of his sentence.

The sentencing judge at the time said Doyle had "befriended the boys for personal gratification and for some social support but noted that the conduct was quite predatory and he was seeking opportunities for sexual gratification from the youths."

He was eligible again for parole on July 20, 2010, after serving his entire initial sentence but the parole board rejected his application under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act.

The board rejected the application because his mother, with whom he proposed to live, was reluctant to acknowledge his offending.


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