A CONVICTED paedophile who carried out a horrific campaign of sexual abuse on an eight-year-old girl is set to move back into the area where he committed his crimes.
John Brown was jailed for four years in May 2008 after a jury found him guilty of sexually abusing a St Helens youngster.
But his victim’s father has now been told the vile pervert will be allowed to move back to his old home.
The dad, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, told the Reporter: “The probation service have told me that he could move back to Whiston in September. All I’ve heard is that nothing can be done about it because of his human rights - but I think it’s totally wrong.
“The thought of my daughter, me or any of our family bumping into him again is just awful. My daughter is trying to put all this behind her, and is doing really well with that, but seeing him again would just send her back to square one.”
In 2008, Liverpool Crown Court heard how Brown’s crimes only came to light after his victim’s father became suspicious about his behaviour and quizzed his daughter.
When officers searched Brown’s Cross Lane home they discovered 13 indecent images of youngsters on his computer – including eight of the second most serious category.
Brown, who was 67 at the time of his conviction, initially denied five charges of causing a child to engage in sexual activity between October 1, 2005, and October 20, 2006, and a further 14 charges of making and possessing indecent images.
But on the day his trial was due to start he changed some of his pleas and admitted the charges relating to the pictures.
However, he continued to deny the child abuse charges and a trial went ahead, forcing his young victim to give evidence.
Brown, who is now in his 70s, was released on licence to a bail hostel after completing a chunk of his sentence behind bars and is now set to move back to Whiston.
The victim’s father, who now lives in St Helens, added: “For my daughter’s sake I’ve never taken matters into my own hands. I’ve always gone through all the right legal channels and that’s not going to change. But I will definitely feel let down if he’s allowed to move back.”
A spokeswoman for Merseyside Probation Trust confirmed: “This individual (Brown) is the subject of Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA), which will ensure that he has been, and will continue to be closely monitored throughout the period of his licence.
“MAPPA arrangements provide a robust risk management plan that involves a significant amount of work on the part of the agencies involved, and the protection of the public is the over-riding priority in every case.”