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Indefinite jail for Bundaberg sex offender

A BUNDABERG sex offender will remain in jail indefinitely after three psychiatrists unanimously declared he was unfit to be released.

Adam Lee Murray Crosswell was sentenced to three and half years jail for possessing child pornography and attempting to groom a boy aged 12 for sex over Facebook.

The Brisbane Supreme Court on Monday heard Crosswell has not undertaken any sexual offender programs during his prison sentence.

Three psychiatrists assessed him and found he would still be a risk of re-offending until he had completed the in-prison program.

A letter from the mother of one of Crosswell's victims was tendered to the court calling for him to remain behind bars.

Barrister Julie Sharp, acting for the Attorney-General, said Crosswell may be released in the future - but needed to undergo education programs.

"In order to properly manage the respondent under a supervision order at some stage in the future a continued detention order is necessary at this stage," she said.

The court heard a position in the sexual offenders program was opening in the coming months.

Crosswell's barrister Bruce Mumford said his client accepted the psychiatrists' findings and did not oppose the ongoing detention order.

"There's no contest to finding a release on supervision would not adequately protect the community. And there is an acceptance, of course, that the court make a continuing (detention) order based on the psychiatrists' reports," he said.

"On the basis of that evidence I am satisfied that there is evidence to support a finding to the requisite standard that the respondent is a serious danger to the community," Justice Ann Lyons said.

"In my view the evidence of the psychiatrists is such that at this point in time the respondent should not be released subject to a supervision order as that would not adequately protect the community."

Justice Lyons said she was satisfied Crosswell remained a danger to the community and placed him on indefinite detention. The order will be periodically reviewed.

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