- Child rapist due for release after 27 years in jail has been labelled a 'high risk'
- Roger David Cheney abducted two girls from their beds and raped a woman
- Cheney has denied responsibility for the offending, which is worrying
A child rapist who is due for release after 27 years in jail has been labelled a 'high risk' to society by forensic experts in a Sydney court.
In June Justice Stephen Campbell made an interim detention order for Roger David Cheney to be kept behind bars while experts assessed his risk of reoffending if released.
The 62-year-old's recorded crimes include abducting two young girls from their NSW north coast beds in 1993, assaulting and raping a woman in a park, and the attempted sexual assault of a woman a week after his release from jail.
After assessing the former Wagga Wagga resident, forensic psychiatrist Dr Richard Furst says he believes there is a high risk of Cheney reoffending having done so in the past.
'You have an offender who has offended fairly quickly on two occasions now,' he told the court on Wednesday.
'I don't think electronic monitoring will make any difference to that.'
Cheney has denied responsibility for the offending to date, which Dr Furst said was another worrying factor.
'The elephant in the room is we're talking about him making better choices ... but he hasn't admitted to offending.'
Forensic psychologist Chelsey Dewson also believes it is important for Cheney to take responsibility for his crimes.
'I think it's important to obtain a level of responsibility ... how they ended up in a situation other than just bad luck,' she said.
'From my understanding Mr Cheney feels like he is the victim of circumstances rather than attributing great personal responsibility.'
If Cheney's outstanding treatment needs could not be met in the community, Ms Dewson said they would need to be observed in custody.
But Corrective Services senior psychologist with the Serious Offenders Assessment Unit Richard Parker said it was 'extremely common' among sex offenders for shame to motivate denial.
'A significant portion of sex offenders I work with deny some or all offences,' he said.
Defence lawyer Sharyn Hall agreed Cheney posed some risk to society, but the restrictive nature of his release meant it could be mitigated.
'Mr Cheney can be managed ... given the very substantial and intrusive nature of the conditions imposed,' she said.
'There needs to be intensive supervision of Mr Cheney... it has been a long period of time since he has had liberty... he's going to need a great level of assistance and oversight.'
She questioned what authorities could learn from another two or three years of incarceration that they had not already gleaned in the 27 years served.
On Wednesday Justice Peter Garling said it was impossible to say why Cheney committed such crimes without him admitting his wrongdoing.
'The nature of the offending has a feature which suggests a sexual deviancy,' Justice Garling told the court.
'If we knew what was operating on his mind at the time he could be treated, and his risk could be diminished, but we don't.'
He said it was hard to determine if Cheney is an 'evil man' who will forever commit crimes, or if his earlier behaviour was based on his upbringing and attitudes of anger towards society.
Justice Garling reserved his judgment.