Child sex offender cops fine

A BENDIGO man with a conviction for sexually assaulting a six-year-old girl appeared in the magistrates court this week charged with failing to comply with the sex offender registry.In the early 2000s, Peter Pryse, 34, was convicted of four counts of committing an indecent act with, or in the presence of, a child under 16.He was sentenced to a minimum of three years in jail and listed as a serious sex offender.Earlier this year Pryse was interviewed by police and charged after he was found to have an unauthorised internet account.Serious sex offenders listed on the registry must notify their case worker of their personal circumstances, providing their address, phone number and internet provider details.They must also declare any access they have with children, whether it’s through a new relationship, their employment or their involvement with a sports club.Pryse did not notify his case worker about his internet access.He pleaded guilty to the charge in the Bendigo Magistrates Court on Tuesday.During the plea hearing, the court was told that in July Pryse had also been convicted of failing to notify the registry about his contact with a young child.There was no suggestion that he sexually assaulted the child. On that matter, Pryse was sentenced to one month in jail, suspended for 12 months.In regards to the internet matter, he was convicted and fined $1000.