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Rowing rapist freed on parole

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A rape victim's plea to the parole board to keep her attacker behind bars has apparently fallen on deaf ears.

The offender, a former rowing coach, has been paroled after serving around 2 years at Risdon.

He served around half of his overall sentence for raping a mother while her son slept nearby at the Schools State Rowing Championships at Lake Barrington in 2018.

He'll have to avoid alcohol and will also be electronically monitored.

"In her statement to the Board, she identifies that the prospect of the applicant’s release causes her and her family significant anxiety," said the Board in its published reasons. 

While the board recognised the profoundly negative impact the man's offending has had, it also noted he's considered a very low risk of reoffending.

"The applicant is motivated to obtain productive employment and is realistic as to the challenges that he will have to face in his return to the community due to the nature of his criminal conduct."

"Alcohol use will always remain a risk factor for the applicant. Any parole period would be conditional on alcohol and drug abstinence."