A dangerous young paedophile is living just a few hundred metres from a child care centre in suburban Sydney while out on parole.
Dean Angus Bell, 25, has a criminal history which psychologists rate among the top one per cent of high-risk sex offenders internationally.
NSW Supreme Court documents reveal Bell has a record of repeat offending, with some of his acts on children committed just hours of being released from prison.
Bell was granted parole last July with strict conditions limiting his movements, use of technology and social media, and contact with children.
However he’s still allowed to continue living among families in suburban Sydney with his elderly parents, on the same street where young children go to daycare.
Dean Angus Bell (pictured) is only 25 but already has a rap sheet that has seen experts rate him among the top one per cent of high-risk sex offenders internationally
Bell was classified as a high-risk offender late last year, having been in an out of jail since the age of 18.
He was ordered to undergo an assessment by psychologists, including sitting the Static 99R test – a tool used to assess sex offenders in Australia, the United States, Canadaand much of Europe.
The test’s ten questions focus on the age, number and regularity of the offender’s victims.
Documents revealed that when Bell sat the test, the results were rated ‘concerning’.
‘Compared to other adult male sex offenders, Bell’s score is in the 99th percentile…’ Bell’s psychologist said in a report.
Bell’s offending began in 2013 when the then 20-year-old used social media in an attempt to groom a 13-year-old boy for sex, the documents show.
In September 2014 Bell offends again, contacting a 14-year-old girl and asking her to persuade her friend, another 13-year-old boy, to perform sex acts on him.
Bell offered to give the pair $100, cigarettes and drugs if the boy ‘masturbated him’.
Bell (pictured) was granted parole last July but despite being subjected to some of the strictest conditions for an Australian paedophile is living among families in suburban Sydney
On several occasions Bell (pictured) has attempted to groom children for sex on social media, even offering cash, drugs and cigarettes to one boy if he agreed ‘masturbate him’
Police also found him to be in possession of child abuse material and saw photos he had taken on his phone of random children at a shopping centre.
Bell was sent back to jail for a minimum of two years and released on June 19, 2017, court documents show.
But just hours after walking out of prison he sent a text message to a contact describing how he ‘missed’ the same young boy he had asked to masturbate him while in prison.
He told the person he was ‘depressed’ at not being able to see the young boy, according to the court papers.
Bell’s contact offered to reach out to the young boy on his behalf and sent his phone number to the child.
Two days later, the young boy’s mother checked her son’s phone and found the text message that included Bell’s phone number and told police.
That same day, during a routine report to a police station, officers searched Bell and discovered an iPhone he had been given by his mother which he was not permitted to have.
On the phone they found the young boy’s contact details constituting a breach of an AVO and Bell’s parole conditions.
As part of his strict parole conditions, Bell must live at the home of his elderly parents which is just a few hundred metres from a child care centre
DEAN ANGUS BELL’S CRIMES:
– 2013: Bell attempts to use social media to groom a 13-year-old boy
– 2014: Through a third party he tries to get back in contact with a young boy.
He offered $100, cigarettes and drugs to the pair if the boy ‘masturbates him’.
Police also found child abuse material and photos of children at a shopping centre on his iPhone.
He is jailed for two years.
– June 2017: Just four days after he was released from prison, police arrest Bell.
He had again tried to contact the same boy who he’d asked to masturbate him.
He is convicted of breaching an AVO and jailed for a minimum of 13 months.
– December 2018: Bell breaches his prohibition order and on top of already strict parole conditions is ordered to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet
‘Without intervention by victims parents the child would’ve been subjected to sexual assault,’ the court heard.
Bell was sent back to jail, before again walking free at the earliest date 13 months later in July 2018.
He was classified as a high-risk offender and subjected to the assessments by expert psychologists.
The reports detailed the ‘concerning’ nature of Bell’s offending, specifically his efforts to contact victims so rapidly after being freed from prison.
‘It is concerning that, despite having spent 21 months in custody for interactions with persons under the age of 18, one of Bell’s first actions after release from custody was to ‘allegedly’ attempt to contact his victim,’ the report read.
As part of his parole Bell was also subjected to strict conditions about his day-to-day living.
Among these conditions is a blanket ban from social media and dating apps, while a ban on using public transport also applies at specific times.
He is also banned from using iPads and internet capable phones.
Only one computer is allowed in his parents house, which he can only use to look for work.
Bell has been in and out of jail since he was 18, on some occasions re-offending within hours of his release from prison
When Daily Mail Australia visited Bell he refused to answer questions, continuing to smoke a cigarette and browse through his outdated flip-phone
If his parents invite friends over he must seek approval from his supervising officer. If visitors drop-in unannounced he must excuse himself and retire to his bedroom until getting approval from his supervising officer.
Bell is also banned from drinking alcohol without his supervising officer’s approval.
When Daily Mail Australia visited Bell he refused to answer questions, continuing to smoke a cigarette and browse through his outdated flip-phone.
But neighbours said his offending had taken a ‘severe’ toll on his elderly parents who had been forced to spend their retirement looking after him.
‘It’s been very hard for them. They’re both retired but are unable to travel because he is their responsibility,’ the neighbour said.
‘Since he’s returned their health has both deteriorated. It’s been severe and is hard to watch for those of us who know them.’
THE STRICT PAROLE CONDITIONS FOR ONE OF THE WORLD’S WORST PAEDOPHILES – DEAN ANGUS BELL
1. Not to have contact with children under 18 unless under supervision from the child’s parents
2. Must not enter shopping centres before 9am or after 3pm on weekdays or at any time on weekends or school/public holidays
3. Not to use any public toilets (including fast food restaurants, sports grounds and shopping centres)
4. Not to enter playgrounds or public areas (includes beaches) where children may be. Must also not loiter near libraries, schools or child care centres.
5. Can not use public transport between 7am-9.30am and 2.30pm-5.30pm on weekdays, or at any time on school/public holidays
6. Not to have an access to an internet capable phone
7. Banned from using Facebook, Instagram and other social media apps, as well as dating apps like Tinder and Grindr
8. Not to possess iPad, computer or other electronic device capable of taking photos or recording
9. Not to store photos or videos of children under 18
10. Only access internet from a single computer inside his residence
11. Not to access internet on that computer except to seek employment or to communicate with government authorities
12. Allow police to access computer on request
13. Not to have contact with any person on the child protection register
14. Must not permit any person to enter or stay overnight at his parents’ home
15. Must not leave NSW without approval of Corrective Services NSW
16. Can not go to amusement parks, cinemas, museums, camping grounds, pools, parks, sporting facilities, concerts, internet cafes or sex shops without approval from his supervising officer
17. He must make himself available for employment, but can not start any job without approval from his supervising officer
18. Must not take alcohol or use drugs without a prescription
19. He must not change his name from Dean Angus Bell without approval from his supervising officer
20. Must attend all psychiatric, therapy and medical appointments he is told to