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Name of alleged Conder paedophile released [With poll on the matter of bail]

By kepayne - 19 April 2012 54

The name of the man to have committed seven sexual offences against a twelve year old boy (four acts of indecency, two sex acts and one count of using the internet to deprave young people) has been released in an article by ABC News today.

Michael David Watt, a 25 year old youth worker from Conder, allegedly committed the offences when the boy was in his care between November 16, 2011 and February 23 of this year.

Michael was granted bail by the ACT Magistrates Court, despite the prosecution opposing bail saying that they feared for other children.

Magistrate David Mossop granted bail on the conditions Watt surrender his passport, report to police, not contact the victim or work with children.

This isn’t the first time Watt has been accused of child sex offences according to the Canberra Times.

And the ACT Magistrates Court also heard the Conder man had been accused of child-sex offences in New Zealand but there was no evidence charges were laid.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not a fan of this guy walking around until his next court date next month, even if he’s ‘not allowed to work with children any more’.

What do you guys think?

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UPDATE 19/04/12 11:04: Canberra Grammar School have posted an Important Notice from the Head in relation to this.

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54 Responses to
Name of alleged Conder paedophile released [With poll on the matter of bail]
johnboy 1:19 pm 19 Apr 12

Our understanding is it’s the same man.

legal_chick86 1:18 pm 19 Apr 12

I want to know more about this: UPDATE 19/04/12 11:04: Canberra Grammar School have posted an Important Notice from the Head in relation to this…

Is this the same man?????? Can we get a name???

kepayne 1:07 pm 19 Apr 12

p1 said :

Truthiness said :

There are organisations which abuse and traffic children, right around the world, and at the highest levels of government, and yet we go after people who download the pictures.

The most basic market theory suggests that if people are out there downloading this stuff, it encourages other people to make and upload it, and that hurts children.

Exactly. The children in the photos and videos are real children being abused. Ever heard of supply and demand? Also I think that someone who gets off to images of children on a daily basis (the people that they charge have thousands of images) is a ticking time bomb.

DeskMonkey 1:07 pm 19 Apr 12

Truthiness said :

Possession of the pictures should not be a crime. Having naked pictures of kids does not make you a pedo, just as looking at pictures of dead people does not make you a murderer.

Having a picture of YOUR kids in the bathtub playing maybe…but having files and files of pictures of naked kids is more than a cause for concern.

Truthiness said :

The actual acts involved indicate he is dire need of rehabilitation, which should be the prime consideration of the court. Just incarcerating him is not going to stop him being attracted to children, he needs cognitive behavioural therapy and extensive psychological counselling before being allowed into the community again.
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Why should he be allowed into the community again.
As someone who went through this type of thing as a child, it makes me sick to think that the person who did this to me, is allowed to back into big wide world, to commit these crimes again. It’s not to say that the person is doing it today or tomorrow…but there is now nothing stopping him to re-offend at a later date.
The result of his actions created long term psychological problems for me, the victim. No money was spent trying to rehabilitate me into a normal life.
You seem to be forgetting the victim in this case. Imagine what that kid is going through. Imagine how he would feel if the alleged offender got to walk out scot free. If Michael David Watt is found guilty of his crimes then lock him up and throw away the keys. It’s enough trouble trying to bring kids up in this day and age, without having to worry about sex offenders living next door.

p1 12:44 pm 19 Apr 12

Truthiness said :

There are organisations which abuse and traffic children, right around the world, and at the highest levels of government, and yet we go after people who download the pictures.

The most basic market theory suggests that if people are out there downloading this stuff, it encourages other people to make and upload it, and that hurts children.

Sammy 12:22 pm 19 Apr 12

Odd statement from CGS:

The AFP has strongly assured the School and the ACT Magistrates Court and the media that the alleged offences took place months before the man’s employment with Camp Australia and do not in any way involve the School or any of its students or Camp Australia or any of the students attending the Camp Australia program from any other schools.

So what they’re saying is that the guy was a pervert long before he was employed by Camp Australia for activities involving CGS, and therefore parents shouldn’t be concerned?

Truthiness 12:03 pm 19 Apr 12

What you do with the pictures is not an issue at all, fapping is not a thought crime. I don’t care if people fap to pictures of rocks or cats or dead people or kids, that is their own sick business, I care when they actually abuse children. The distinction is important, too often we prosecute people for having pictures, while simultaneously ignoring the clergy and police who are actually abusing children en masse.

There are organisations which abuse and traffic children, right around the world, and at the highest levels of government, and yet we go after people who download the pictures.

p1 11:50 am 19 Apr 12

Truthiness said :

Possession of the pictures should not be a crime. Having naked pictures of kids does not make you a pedo, just as looking at pictures of dead people does not make you a murderer.

Having naked photos of kids isn’t the issue, why you have them and what you do with them is, this is why the laws concerning this kind of thing are so complicated.

Truthiness 11:41 am 19 Apr 12

Possession of the pictures should not be a crime. Having naked pictures of kids does not make you a pedo, just as looking at pictures of dead people does not make you a murderer.

The actual acts involved indicate he is dire need of rehabilitation, which should be the prime consideration of the court. Just incarcerating him is not going to stop him being attracted to children, he needs cognitive behavioural therapy and extensive psychological counselling before being allowed into the community again.

That said, until the court has found him guilty, these crimes are all still “alleged”, and we can’t withhold bail from someone who hasn’t been proven guilty.

He was a youth worker, in a position of trust, breaking that trust should be an additional charge. Police, clergy and public officials should all be subject to stronger charges than the general public. Usually they end up getting away with more.

Really we should be reopening the CP investigations into politicians and police, you know those investigations that get shut down every time they get too close to the real criminals. There are children being trafficked for sex in Canberra, and there have been for decades, I have had friends who escaped from that life, but it is ignored because the clientele is so exclusive.

kepayne 11:27 am 19 Apr 12

Holden Caulfield said :

Well, he could be bailed if he’d been alleged to have murdered someone, so, really, what’s the difference?

Is the alleged murderer any more likely to kill a person at every opportunity as the alleged pedo is likely to fiddle with kiddies if the chance arises?

It depends on the situation. If it was a serial killer or someone likely to re-offend I would not want them out on bail either. There is the possibility that this guy has harmed other children in the ACT (currently being investigated), and considering the New Zealand allegations I would say that there is a chance he may re-offend while out on bail.

When it comes to a child’s safety I think the phrase ‘better safe than sorry’ sums it up.

Lainey 11:03 am 19 Apr 12

Ben_Dover said :

I gave a qualified “yes.”

As in; “Yes he should be allowed bail, if he promises to off himself quietly when out.”

+1

One less piece of scum

p1 10:26 am 19 Apr 12

I am always relieved when I don’t know the people named in this sort of story.

Ben_Dover 10:13 am 19 Apr 12

I gave a qualified “yes.”

As in; “Yes he should be allowed bail, if he promises to off himself quietly when out.”

Gantz 10:09 am 19 Apr 12

If the guy has a facebook account, that with his name released triggers one to think he will not venture outdoors.
Agree, having this type of ‘person’ walking around until the next court date just doesn’t seem right…

Holden Caulfield 10:06 am 19 Apr 12

Well, he could be bailed if he’d been alleged to have murdered someone, so, really, what’s the difference?

Is the alleged murderer any more likely to kill a person at every opportunity as the alleged pedo is likely to fiddle with kiddies if the chance arises?

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