CONVICTED serial paedophile Paul Ronald Goldsmith has fled Tasmania for Africa, provoking fears he may reoffend.

Goldsmith is known as one of the state’s worst serial paedophiles.

He pleaded guilty to 42 sex crimes in 2005, and was jailed for 6 1/2 years with a four-year non-parole period.

ABC’s 7.30 Report Tasmania said last night the former trainee priest was released in 2010 and that after his parole ended in June this year, he fled from his North-West home to Tanzania.

The Archbishop of Hobart, Adrian Doyle, told the 7.30 Report that he had alerted his colleagues in Tanzania that Goldsmith had moved there and could reoffend.

“I said `you need to be very, very careful, watch him all the time’,” the Archbishop told ABC News.

“I don’t know what the Tanzanian authorities might be able to do, or want to do, if they become aware of his background but I think the point is the capacity to be there in contact with a new group of young people is what we’ve got to avoid.”

Because Goldsmith was convicted before the advent of the Tasmanian sex offender’s register, he was not bound to tell the commissioner of police when he left the state or country, as those registered on the list must do.

Goldsmith, now 67, committed 18 of his sex crimes when he was an athletics coach at Burnie’s Marist College in the 1970s and 1980s.

After leaving the school, he continued to involve himself with young boys through the Catholic Church, youth groups and by befriending parents.

Goldsmith preyed on the boys sexually after luring them into vulnerable situations such as rub-downs or games of strip poker.

He often plied them with alcohol and gave them cigarettes.

He was convicted of committing crimes against 20 boys, aged 13 to 16, between 1976 and 1987 when he was aged between 31 and 42.

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