A truck driver who took photos of himself raping young girls to add to his extensive child pornography collection is set to be freed from jail.
Stephen John Kennedy, 56, was found guilty of sexually abusing five children on truck rides in Queensland in the last decade.
The paedophile truckie also filmed and photographed himself while performing the horrific sex acts to add to his child porn library of almost 67,100 photos.
Kennedy is set to be back on the streets in July, after a a decision was made to release him from prison, The Courier Mail reported.
Judge Peter David agreed to release the 56-year-old after a submission from Attorney-General Yvett D’Ath, with a release date of July 26.
In his judgement, Justice Davis said Kennedy was successful in hiding his offending from others and manipulating the situation to pursue the young girls.
A psychiatrist also said that despite moving forward in his understanding of emotional vulnerabilities, Kennedy still presents with ‘outstanding treatment needs’.
‘I would estimate his unmodified risk of sexual reoffending to be moderately high,’ the psychiatrist said.
Ms D’Ath applied for a supervision order, banning him from living within 100m of schools and daycares and contacting his victims.
But Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington holds fears Kennedy may strike again.
‘As a mum, I simply can’t believe this, in fact it makes me feel sick to my very core,’ Ms Frecklington said.
‘This sexual predator’s crimes are sickening and the Attorney-General has gone out of her way to have him released into the community.’
When police raided Kennedy’s house before his arrest, they discovered an ‘abhorrent’ library of child pornography made between himself and his victims.
Kennedy also drugged one of his victims with methamphetamine before raping her.
The eight-year-old girl began hallucinating and told police she remembers having her mouth taped while she was tied up after a truck ride from Townsville to Cairns in 2007.
The 56-year-old also preyed on girls as young as three, and some that lived nearby.
A Queensland Corrective Services spokesman said Kennedy is going to be heavily monitored and will have a GPS tracking bracelet.
The spokesman said the decision was made after Kennedy visited three psychologists, undertook risk assessments and medical and psychological assessments.