Paedophiles jail term reduced

FORMER police officer and South West Rocks resident Gregory John Minehan will be eligible for parole in March after his jail sentence for child grooming and pornography offences was reduced this week.

Minehan was arrested in 2007 by a police task force investigating a national paedophile network with links overseas sharing information to gain access to potential victims.

The 42-year-old, who ran police boys clubs in a number of country towns, was jailed for four years after pleading guilty to charges that included grooming a child under 16 for sex, using the internet in an offensive manner and disseminating child pornography.

In court it was found he had internet conversations with police who were posing as a boy.

On appeal this week, Minehan had his minimum sentence cut by nine months.

He is being kept in strict protective custody and is enrolled in the sex offenders program while undergoing psychiatric counselling.

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