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Bradley Pen Dragon: WA paedophile set to be released from jail, thinks child sex ‘natural’

One of Australia’s most notorious pedophiles is released from prison on Tuesday.

Bradley Pen Dragon, 62, who has spent half his life in prison, is set to leave a Western Australia prison despite believing his sexual interest in children is ‘natural’.

Dragon was held in police custody under the High Risk Serious Offenders Act until Supreme Court Judge Larissa Strk ruled Tuesday that he could be released.

“Having considered all the evidence, I am convinced that the risk posed by releasing the accused on a warrant of supervision can be reduced or monitored to a level that is reasonably acceptable and guarantees adequate protection of the community” , she said. †

Dragon, who spent 13 years in prison in Thailand for the “prolonged and depraved” abuse of young girls, will be subject to a 10-year supervision order and will be subject to 62 strict conditions.

One of Australia's most notorious pedophiles, Bradley Pen Dragon (pictured), has spent more than half his life in prison

One of Australia’s most notorious pedophiles, Bradley Pen Dragon (pictured), has spent more than half his life in prison

The terms include anti-libidinal and psychological treatment, oral or written records of all his movements, and no unauthorized contact with anyone under the age of 18.

The high-risk serious offender has a ‘long-standing belief that sexual contact with children is a positive experience for the child’.

WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said he shared the public’s concerns “that a repeat sex offender is being released into the community” but that police would be watching Dragon from the moment he got out of prison.

“We will have to make sure that we monitor and we will follow that very closely,” he said earlier this month.

“I can assure you… we are very vigilant in our work with the high-risk groups for serious offenders; there are very strict conditions and we will do everything we can to protect the community.”

WA Prime Minister Mark McGowan said that if Dragon “violates them (conditions), he will go back into custody … He will be looked at like a hawk”.

Liberal state leader David Honey said Dragon’s imminent release was “extremely disturbing.”

“It’s very clear that he is a long-term child offender … it’s hard to see why his behavior would change given his immense long history in the field,” he said.

In addition to 13 years in a Thai prison for sexually abusing girls, Dragon also committed a range of other crimes, including holding a knife to a woman while putting her child in their car.

Lately, he’s been stuck for some time looking up child abuse material on the Internet.

The WA District Court heard that Dragon spent nearly five hours on a public computer in a backpacker hostel in August 2017.

Bradley Pendragon, 58, (pictured left) spent 13 years in Thai prison for sexually abusing girls

Bradley Pendragon, 58, (pictured left) spent 13 years in Thai prison for sexually abusing girls

Among the terms he searched online were “pre-teen porn” and “child incest.” When questioned by the police, Dragon denied having searched the pathogenic material.

“These things just keep popping up when I use the internet,” he told officers at the time.

Judge Hylton Quail did not accept Dragon’s explanation for his depraved behavior before describing the offense as “brutal”.

“Some of the material, albeit animated, … is horrific,” he said.

The pedophile was sentenced to five years in prison for holding a knife to a mother, before being jailed again two days after his release for looking up child pornography.

Dragon has been diagnosed with a “pedophilic disorder” of the non-exclusive type – meaning he is attracted to both girls and boys.

Dragon used a computer at a backpacker hostel in Northbridge to access the distorted images

Dragon used a computer at a backpacker hostel in Northbridge to access the distorted images

He previously told a psychiatrist that “much of society disagrees with laws regarding the restriction of access to pornographic material about children or sexual contact with children, and like same-sex relationships, this could be something that be legalized in the future. †

The 62-year-old had been waiting for a Supreme Court decision on his release date since the end of his time in December 2021.

Authorities were deciding whether Dragon is still considered a “high risk and serious offender,” with Justice Strk saying he could be released under strict conditions.

Dragon’s 10-year supervision order also means that he is electronically monitored, must live at a certain address, and is subject to a curfew.

The pedophile told the court he would be willing to undergo physical castration, but a psychiatrist said no clinic in Australia offered such an operation.

Notorious pedophile Bradley Dragon (pictured) is released from prison in Western Australia today

Notorious pedophile Bradley Dragon (pictured) is released from prison in Western Australia today

WA’s Shadow Treasurer Steve Thomas said the release of Dragon was “absolutely concerning” and the state government should take tougher action against repeat offenders.

“I think we’ve gotten to a stage where we’re pretty soft on law and order issues these days, and it’s time for a much greater focus on holding people accountable for their behavior,” he said.

“I absolutely believe that taking a tougher look at crime and going back to making punishment appropriate to crime is where we want to see this government and this society go.”

Dragon features a private rental through a non-profit organization that is not affiliated with the state government.

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