There’s a reason that pedophiles are put behind bars: they commit unthinkable, unforgivable crimes. Yet a British police chiefbelieves not all of them should be in prison.
There are so many paedophiles in England and Wales that they cannot all be jailed, a police chief warned today.
Gavin Thomas, president of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales, is calling for more debate on a softer approach at the lower levels of sexual offences.
The chief superintendent warns the sex offenders register is growing so quickly that police will not have the ability to monitor the criminals as hoped.
Married father-of-two Mr Thomas wants some paedophiles who download child abuse images but do not commit offences involving contact to be sent for treatment rather than to prison.
Speaking to The Times crime editor Fiona Hamilton, he said: ‘One of the major concerns from our members is managing the register already, and it’s growing. For offenders at the highest level there are visits to be made [and] monitoring access to the internet.’