THE son of a convicted paedophile from Hucknall has confided that he is “living on a knife-edge” over his father’s impending release from prison.
The man, who must be referred to as Mr X in order to protect his identity, revealed that his father was jailed for ten years for a series of sex-offences against his own daughter. He abused the girl for more than a decade from the age of four.
Mr X, who hails from Hucknall, now refers to his dad as “a monster”.
But he says he has been disowned by his family because he blew the whistle on his dad’s catalogue of offences. He has also become an outcast among his relatives.
Now he has told the Dispatch he is living in fear — because he believes his father is about to be released from jail.
The father-of-two claims he is “in limbo” because he cannot find out the exact date his dad will be released. He told the Dispatch he is frightened for the safety of his family.
Mr X, who now lives in Bulwell, said: “I think it is vitally important that people should be aware of this monster. They should have the right to know he is back in society so they can keep their children safe.
“I should definitely be told. My life has been destroyed by this man and I want to make sure he cannot have the same impact on my young family.
“He committed heinous crimes. All I want to happen is to be kept informed. I can’t believe that, in the eyes of the law, I have no real right to know what is happening.”
Hucknall’s police chief, Insp Nick Butler, told the Dispatch he couldn’t comment directly on specific cases.
But he explained that those convicted of serious offences, such as sexual attacks on children, are subject to a strict range of controls once they are released from jail.
The police are informed of the date they return to society and, in Insp Butler’s words, they are “met at the gates”.
He also said that those directly involved in the case are informed by specialist officers of a person’s release and give support.
“We have multi-agency public protection meetings to discuss the risks posed by a convicted offender,” said Insp Butler.
“We then put plans in place to make sure people are protected.
“Those convicted of sexual offences are placed on the sex-offenders’ register and have very strict controls placed on their lives.
“We have detectives who visit them regularly. We have access to their computers and e-mails and can monitor their whereabouts.
“There is also a requirement to report at a local police station regularly. These restrictions are often placed on sex offenders for the rest of their lives.”