Convicted sex offender who disguised two young boys while dressed as a police officer is allowed to live opposite a primary school – with a clear view of the playground from his home
- Shannon Norgate, 22, was found across from an elementary school in Brisbane
- He was previously convicted of sexually assaulting two Gladstone boys last year
- Norgate explained that the house opposite the school was the only place he found vacant
- He has since been told he had to move after remedial agencies found another home
A convicted sex offender who assaulted boys in a bathroom while posing as a police officer was allowed to move from a primary school to a house across the street.
22-year-old Shannon Norgate lives just 30 meters from Brisbane’s Yeronga State Primary School, with a clear view of the children’s playground from his home.
He was convicted of sexually assaulting two young boys in a school bathroom in Gladstone while disguising himself as a police officer in 2019.
Norgate was sentenced to three years’ probation and was given a three-year bond of good conduct.
Shannon Norgate was previously convicted of sexually assaulting two young boys in a school bathroom in Gladstone in 2019
He told Nine news the house he lived in was the only vacancy he could find.
“This is the only place I can go to, this is the only place with a vacancy, so that’s not my problem,” he said.
Norgate explained that his probation conditions did not prevent him from living near schools, but the remedial services had recently required him to leave home.
Norgate was disguised as a police officer when he sexually assaulted two young boys last year
“They have more or less said that it is not only for my safety, but for others as well, because I am actually known as a very violent and dangerous person,” he said.
While remedial services are working to find Norgate a new home, he said he was using “controlled medications” and was not a threat to the community.
During his interrogation by Channel Nine, he received a call from remedial services saying that they had found him a new home.
“I’ve found a place to move to, Yamanto,” he said.
“I’m just going there because I really just need a place now, anyway, I don’t really like this area anyway, I’m getting to the point where I want to drop a nuclear bomb on top of it.”
Corrective Services Minister Mark Ryan did not comment on Norgate’s case, but said no convicted sex offender should live next to a school.
Shannon Norgate, 22, lived across the street from the Yeronga State Primary School (photo) in Brisbane – just 30 meters from the children’s playground