Ridsdale, who has already serviced 23 years in jail for child sexual abuse, will not be eligible for parole until 2022

Australia’s most notorious paedophile, Gerald Ridsdale, will wait an additional three years before being eligible for parole, with Justice Irene Lawson finding his age and frailty did not mean he no longer posed a risk to the community.

Ridsdale, 83, has already served 23 years in a Victorian prison after being jailed in 1994 for sexually abusing nine boys. While he was given a sentence of 12 months at the time, dozens of other victims have since come forward. By 2006 he had pleaded guilty to abusing 54 children over four separate court cases. These additional charges meant he would not be eligible for parole until April 2019.

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