Friday, October 20, 2006

Protect human rights of Paedos or kids?

A Gloucestershire school has been forced to allow a paedophile to use its gym after being told that banning him could breach his human rights, it was claimed.

Worried parent Anthony Callaghan told the authorities when he learnt that a man using the sports centre at Whitecross School in Lydney, had been convicted of sexually abusing three girls aged 12 and 13 in 1999.

But he claims solicitors for the school and local council told him they could not suspend the man's membership in case they infringed his human rights.

The child abuser has been allowed to continue using the leisure centre's facilities, which are shared by pupils and the public, despite his past.

The council-run gym, which has a pool, sports hall and fitness suite, is located next to the comprehensive school. To gain access to the facilities, adults must go through the school, and pass by the girls' and boys' changing areas, which are often being used during visiting times.

It is understood that the man has been taken off the sex offenders' register, which makes it difficult to legally ban him.

I have a question for anyone that can answer. How long is it after you have served a sentence for a sex crime that you are taken off the sex offenders register? It can’t be long and it is ridiculous either way. He sexually assaults THREE girls in 1999 and is released by 2006. So he gets less than 7 years for a despicable crime that he should hang for.

Why would he want to go to that gym anyway if it wasn’t for the fact that he can get to children easier? Surely there must be other gyms in the area? In my area there is 3 (that I know of) within a 30 minute drive. Even if there isn’t he shouldn’t be allowed near children for the rest of his life.

I hope the parents of that school create a kind of ‘neighbourhood watch’ where they pay an official at school to phone one of them to inform the parents when he is there so the parents can have a ‘chat’ to ‘persuade’ him never to go there again. Think that might damage his human rights? TOUGH! Was he thinking about the human rights of his victims? I doubt it. Paedophiles should automatically forfeit their human rights once they commit a crime like that.


alanorei said...

I suspect this whole 'human rights' thing is contestable, i.e. as you say what about the human rights of the children at risk?

Unfortunately, it comes down to the parents being prepared to gang up and fight the cause (which takes time and commitment).

I remember the last time a child molester was allowed to roam free, so that he could enter a school gym. His name was Thomas Hamilton.

P.S. The blog page expires very quickly.

youdontknowme said...

"The blog page expires very quickly."

What do you mean by that? I haven't had many problems with it.