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Man with history of child sex offences in bid for freedom

"CUNNING and deceitful" Sunshine Coast sex offender, known for befriending parents and then grooming their children, is making a bid for release from jail.

Raymond Barry Eades, 57, has a lengthy history of sexual and dishonesty offences since 1973 including offences against 10 children, males and female from ages six to 15.

He has been diagnosed with a lifelong non-exclusive homosexual pedophilia and has antisocial personality disorder with psychopathic personality features.

Eades has a lengthy history of sexual and dishonesty offences since 1973 and has spent little time outside prison since age 19.

He appeared briefly in Brisbane Supreme Court on Monday via video-link from prison for a statutory review of his indefinite incarceration.

The court heard he wanted to be present for the review but a notice to Corrective Services to produce him for the hearing was not heeded.

The hearing was adjourned for a date to be fixed.

Most recently, Eades was sentenced on the Sunshine Coast to an indefinite jail term in 2001 for sodomising and indecently dealing with a seven-year-old boy.

When Eades was released in 2010 under a 10-year supervision order, he tried to groom three more boys at Nambour by buying them drinks and taking them fishing after befriending their grandmother.

Justice Debra Mullins, during Eades' last review in 2011, said what he did had "the hallmarks of grooming behavior".

She rescinded the supervision order and detained Eades in custody indefinitely for "control care or treatment".

In assessing Eades' behavior on release in 2010-11, psychiatrist Scott Harden said Eades had tried to ingratiate himself with the grandmother of the three boys.

"This behaviour appears to be consistent with his previous pattern of offending behaviour where he would often ingratiate himself with families or caregivers prior to committing child sexual offences against children," he said.

Fellow psychiatrist Michael Beech described Mr Eades' explanation for befriending the family was "glib and disingenuous".

"They speak to insightless, if not outright deceptive behavior," he said.

Both men were in court on Monday to give oral evidence about whether Eades was now fit for release and what a relapse prevention plan should entail to protect the community if he was.

They will now have to come back when the hearing is set down again.

An earlier court report found Eades also demonstrated a "propensity to target particularly vulnerable victims such as runaways, the very young, and those who have intellectual delays and impairments".

"He evidently attempts to develop superficial relationships with his victims through befriending them and offering them inducements, such as cigarettes, to entice the children into situations where they are no longer under the supervision of protective adults," psychologist Linda Bennett said.

"He contrives or waits for opportunities to be alone with his victims, such as offering to baby-sit, or requesting that the children accompany him on fishing trips, or help him with domestic tasks."

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