Pedophile Bradley Pen Dragon is already behind bars – about 48 hours after being released from prison – amid allegations that he was in possession of images of children.
Officers took Dragon into custody on Thursday, The West Australian revealed. He would spend the night in custody before appearing before the Perth Magistrates Court on Friday.
It is unclear whether the images fall into the category of child pornography.
However, Dragon is prohibited from having any photographs, drawings, or sketches of children, indecent or otherwise, as part of its release terms.
His swift arrest proves that authorities have been watching Dragon’s every move after Mark McGowan promised he would be monitored “very closely”.
“He is the kind of person we will deal with immediately,” Mr McGowan said on Thursday, hours before his arrest.
“If he breaks through, a ton of rocks will fall on him.”
The 62-year-old was released from Acacia Prison on Tuesday under a strict surveillance order, which includes 62 strict conditions under the high-risk WA government laws.
He received his final sentence after spending hours browsing the internet for child abuse material at a backpacker hostel, just two days after being released from prison for holding a mother with a knife to her baby in Mt Lawley in 2012.
Earlier on Thursday, Mr. McGowan admitted that he would have preferred Dragon still locked up.
McGowan added that he wasn’t worried about the prospect of a “lynch mob” of concerned parents chasing the “strange and abusive person”.
His comments were in response to revelations that parents had embarked on a social media witch hunt to find Dragon. It is believed that he resided in the southeastern suburbs of Perth.
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