Child molester tells court he likes jail life

A SERIAL child molester who targets young boys will remain behind bars after his latest bid for freedom was rejected.

Justice Peter Lyons found Kerry Patrick Valence, 57, remained a danger to the community and a detention order requiring him to stay in jail should remain in place.

Valence, who represented himself at a hearing on Monday, said he was not too concerned whether he was released from prison or not.

He told Brisbane Supreme Court he understood that not undertaking any rehabilitation programs while in jail would severely hamper any future release chances.

"I understand that but I like it in there," he said.

"It is my decision not to undertake the programs.

"It really does not worry me either way if I stay in custody or not."

Crown Prosecutor Jeff Rowls told the court two medical professionals had recommended Valance undergo at least 12 months of counselling before being considered for release.

He said that had not occurred because it was uncertain what triggered Valance's offending.

Valance started offending in New South Wales in 1975 and then again in 1980 where he was convicted of child sex offences against victims aged 12 and eight.

He was jailed for four years in 2006 after being convicted of three counts of indecent treatment of children under 16 years.

Valance has been held in custody under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act since his full time release date elapsed in August, 2009.

The matter will be reviewed once again in a year

- APN NEWSDESK.



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