Notorious paedophile Dennis Raymond Ferguson was convicted in 1988 of kidnapping and sexually abusing three children aged under eight.
When he was released from prison 14 years later, police were able to keep an eye on him – preventing him from entered schools, pools and kids playgrounds across Queensland and New South Wales.
They were even able to save a 5-year-old girl who Ferguson was found to be sexually assaulting in 2005.
If police hadn’t been closely monitoring the paedophile’s location, it doesn't even bear thinking about how many other young lives he could have ruined.
NSW Police Force needs more officers
Unfortunately, police have now revealed to The Daily Telegraph that they have lost track of more than 200 registered child sex offenders in NSW.
The offenders have either provided false addresses or moved without informing the authorities.
“Reoffending rates for child sex offenders are incredibly high"
“Our children are at risk from these sexual predators,” Police Association of NSW president Tony King told the Telegraph.
“Reoffending rates for child sex offenders are incredibly high — almost 50 per cent.
“We need to be monitoring these people regularly and catching them before they ruin a child’s life. Afterwards is too late.”
The Police Association president said that part of the issue is that the NSW Police Force is drastically understaffed - meaning that it’s nearly impossible for officers to keep track of sex offenders.
Some officers have to keep track of 100 offenders - as well as continuing to investigate new cases.
The Daily Telegraph revealed that only 67 of the 4,000 or so registered child sex offenders in NSW were checked in one month this year. Read more on kidspot>>