Wagga man refused bail after failing to comply with reporting requirements under the Child Protection Act

Wagga Local Court
Wagga Local Court

A Wagga man has been refused bail after police alleged he failed to comply with reporting requirements and contacted several children. 

Troy Owen Paterson, of Glenfield Park, appeared via video link in Wagga Local Court from custody this week. 

It is alleged Paterson failed to disclose contact with three children under the Child Protection Act. 

The 49-year-old is charged with four counts of failing to comply with reporting obligations. 

Police allege Paterson failed to disclose contact with two children at Wagga on September 11. 

It is also alleged Paterson failed to report contact with another child between November 7 and 8.

Solicitor Carmen McKay, who represented the accused, told the court her client said the piece of paper hadn’t told him which children he shouldn’t have contact with. 

Ms McKay proposed Paterson should live with his mother if granted bail as the offences had occurred while her client was living independently. 

“I would propose he is not to leave home unless in the company of his mother and to abide by the children protection registrar requirements,” she said. 

Ms McKay also told the court Paterson could provide a $1000 surety to the court to guarantee his attendance. 

Police prosecutor Priscilla Jones told the court there was an unacceptable risk that Paterson could commit further offences. 

Ms Jones also told the court she was concerned about the protection of the community and further contact with the alleged victims. 

“The ongoing contact is of a great concern and we say there is a strong likelihood of a custodial penalty,” she said. 

Ms McKay said Paterson had been having a difficult time behind bars and a full-time custodial sentence was unlikely given there were no further charges. 

Pleas are yet to be entered to any of the charges. 

Magistrate Michael Crompton told the court he wasn’t satisfied concerns could be mitigated by conditions and he refused bail. 

Paterson will face court again for mention on November 27.