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Perverts on the loose - Deported sex offenders roaming undetected

Published:Sunday | March 10, 2013

Tyrone Reid, Senior Staff Reporter

Your neighbour could be a dangerous deported sex offender and neither the police nor any other state agency knows.

Jamaica has no official means of keeping tabs on deported perverts and the long-promised sex-offenders' registry has no provision that would allow the State to keep records of such deportees.

Official statistics obtained by The Sunday Gleaner show that between 2008 and 2012, some 244 persons were deported to Jamaica for having committed sex crimes overseas.

In 2012, the statistics show, there was an increase in the number of persons deported for having committed a sexual offence when compared to 2011.

A Sunday Gleaner source revealed that some of the sex offenders being deported to Jamaica have "a laundry list" of serious sex crimes and warned that the country should be very concerned about their movements.

"Some serious offenders are coming. They
are down there with a clean slate because the law doesn't make provision
for them to be captured by the sex-offenders' registry. It's a big hole
in the legislation," argued the source.

The
well-placed source is adamant that Jamaicans should be concerned about
the number and categories of sex offenders being expelled from foreign
countries and sent home.

FRIGHTENING
SITUATION

"It's frightening. You must be concerned
because they might be coming next door to you. Some have a laundry list,
that is, multiple offences, including sodomy and paedophilia," said the
source, who suggested that some of these deportees might already be
contributing to sex crimes in Jamaica.

To bolster that
view, the source pointed out that sex crimes are the only category of
major crimes that have not recorded a significant reduction in recent
months.

Crime statistics published by the police
showed that reported rape cases increased in 2012 to 834, up from the
815 cases reported the year before.

In 2011, there
were 521 reported cases of carnal abuse and 391 reported cases of sexual
intercourse with a person under 16.

A notation
published by the police stated that "sexual intercourse with a person
under 16 as presented in this report represents sexual assaults
committed against a person either male or female after June 29,
2011".

The cops also noted that "carnal abuse, as
presented in this report, represents sexual offences against a female
only under the age of 16 that was committed prior to June 30,
2011".

The police also cautioned that "due to the fact
that sexual intercourse with a person under 16 represents both gender,
while carnal abuse represents sexual assaults against females, care
should be taken when viewing the data across 2011 and
2012".

POLICE SILENT

For more than
three weeks, our news team sought to get responses from the Police High
Command on what measures are in place to track these deported sex
offenders, but no information was provided.

The police
were asked several questions, including whether intelligence gathered
has suggested that these deported sex offenders have had an impact on
the number of sex crimes committed in Jamaica annually, and how many of
the deported sex offenders were categorised as
paedophiles.

Yesterday, Dr Carolyn Gomes, executive
director of human-rights group Jamaicans for Justice, agreed that the
public has a right to know if hardened criminals are being sent back to
their neighbourhoods.

"Clearly, if we have dangerous
criminals, including murderers and sexual offenders, we need to know so
that we can know how we should be responding, so that we can be
prepared," said Gomes.

She argued that the public
should be told the number of criminals being deported to the island for
serious offences, the severity of those offences and what has been done
in cases where the deported offenders should be
monitored.

The human-rights advocate also lambasted
the police for their unwillingness to respond to Sunday
Gleaner
queries.

"It is really offensive
that the police don't want to put forward the data for rational
decisions to be made to protect people," said Gomes, as she cautioned
that offenders who have served their time should not be penalised again
for the crimes they committed
overseas.

tyrone.reid@gleanerjm.com

  • Sex offenders deported to Jamaica by year

Year Number
2008 43
2009 40
2010 56
2011 46
2012 59
TOTAL 244