Secret life of sex offender
BRADLEY Brown did eight months of volunteer work with The Salvation Army in Mackay without telling them he was a registered child sex offender.
He deceived The Salvation Army by failing to disclose his convictions when he signed up as a volunteer.
When they found out about his past, the Salvos counselled him and immediately dismissed him.
Brown, 52, has to notify police of such things as employment, volunteer work, residential addresses, cars he drives and other details because he is on the Australian National Child (Sex) Offenders Registry, known as ANCOR.
He can not have any contact with children.
He came to the attention of Mackay police when he was seen walking on Gregory St with a boy, taking him to a shop, on November 9, prosecutor Bimal Raut told the Mackay Magistrate's Court yesterday.
Police questioned Brown and discovered:
- He had been working as a Salvos volunteer four days a week, from 8.30am to 2pm, since January 11.
- His registered address was Ooralea but he was living about five nights a week at North Mackay for about seven months.
- He was driving his friend's car three to four hours a week for about seven months.
Brown pleaded guilty to three charges of breaching his ANCOR reporting conditions. He was placed on probation for 12 months.
Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army Major Rodney Walters said Brown had been a volunteer working under strict supervision and did not have contact with children.
Like all volunteers, he was required to complete and sign a Volunteer Agreement, which binds volunteers to a Code of Conduct.
"The Salvation Army has clear standards regarding the management of sex offenders and has the welfare and consideration of all members of the community when considering any case," Major Walters said.
"We are a part of the Christian Church that believes in redemption for all people but we are also a responsible part of the community and do not take our responsibility lightly."