Portland sex offender in custody after refusing to obey register conditions

A PORTLAND sex offender who refuses to obey the conditions of being on the sex offenders' register has been remanded in custody for another fortnight to work out his legal options.

David Allan Liebelt, 51, of Arthur Street, appeared in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court last week to apply for bail.

He has been charged with three counts of failing to abide by conditions of the sex offenders' register.

After hearing a bail application, Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt decided to further remand Mr Liebelt in custody until August 30.

Mr Liebelt has already spent a month in custody after being arrested in Portland.

The court heard that on January 12 this year in the Geelong Magistrates Court Mr Liebelt received an eight-month jail sentence which was suspended for two years after he committed an indecent act with a child under 16 years.

He was also placed on the sex offenders' register and as part of those conditions had to report to police within seven days.

On February 24 he attended the Hastings police station but refused to answer questions or provide details .

Mr Liebelt was bailed to appear in the Frankston Magistrates Court on April 13 but failed to appear and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

In mid-July Portland police arrested Mr Liebelt at his mother's Arthur Street home. She said he had been staying with her for a couple of months. A police officer involved in the case fears Mr Liebelt has no intentions of complying with the requirements of the sex offenders' register and is in denial about being on the register.

Mr Liebelt told the court he wanted to make a clean start and did not believe he should plead guilty to something he didn't do.

He said reports had found he was not a predator or paedophile .

"I'm no trouble to society. It was a huge mistake on my behalf," Mr Liebelt said.

Mr Klestadt said the accused man had to abide by the legislation but had demonstrated a lack of understanding about those requirements.

"I'm not satisfied that if you were released on bail there is a reasonable chance you would turn up in court ," he said.

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