Paedophile Roger Cheney 'caught peeping into Pagewood windows' after jail ... trends now
A serial paedophile who was sentenced to 25 years in prison for raping two young girls has been arrested for allegedly peeping into windows - just months after he was controversially released from jail.
Roger David Cheney, 66, broke into the homes of two girls, aged eight and 10, in the Port Macquarie region of NSW's Mid-North Coast on two separate occasions in 1993.
He plucked them from their beds, carried them outside, then sexually assaulted them in the grass. After the attacks, he told them a false name and whispered not to tell anyone what happened.
At the time, he had travelled to the area with his girlfriend while on bail for the violent attempted sexual assault of a woman in Canberra (a crime for which he would later be convicted).
He was jailed for the rapes in 1995 and released back into the community in December 2020 - despite the NSW government fighting to keep him behind bars out of fear for the public's safety.
Now, Daily Mail Australia can exclusively reveal Cheney is back in police custody after allegedly being busted peeping and prying into homes in Sydney's east.
Roger David Cheney, 66, is pictured during his younger years. He spent 25 years in prison for the rape of two young girls in NSW's Mid-North Coast in the early 1990s
NSW Police launched an investigation late last year after receiving reports a man had been looking through the windows of homes in Pagewood.
On Thursday, officers raced to the suburb after being contacted by concerned locals who had seen a man loitering in a front yard about 8am.
Cheney was later stopped while cycling in Maroubra after officers allegedly noticed he matched the description provided by homeowners.
Daily Mail understands Cheney had been living in the community under an extended supervision order since his release from prison.
He was taken to the Maroubra Police Station and hit with charges for peeping and stalking, failing to comply with a supervision order and trespassing.
Cheney was remanded in custody to appear before Waverley Local Court on Friday, where he was refused bail.
In 2020, the NSW Government unsuccessfully sought a detention order (CDO) to keep him locked up as his sentence was about to expire.
According to facts in the NSW Supreme Court's judgement document, Cheney has a 'significant criminal history', starting in the 1970s with various counts of break, enter, stealing, and robbery.
In 1988, he was arrested and charged in Canberra with raping a woman and convicted by a jury trial.
Cheney was found guilty of breaking into homes and raping two girls in 1993 (stock image)
However, the convictions were later quashed during his appeal due to concerns he did not receive a fair trial because of evidence from one witness.
Three years later, he was arrested for the attempted rape of a second woman in the ACT and, after being found guilty by a judge, sentenced to a minimum of six years in prison.