Paedophiles are the craftiest, sneakiest, slimiest and most incurably persistent of offenders - `incurably` is my opinion and therefore not empirically sound. Anyone who has worked in this area of law enforcement will not have raised one eyebrow over the revelations contained in the report about Savile, released today. Nothing has changed, in that these people are among us, always were, always will be.
Of the child sex offender cases I knew of, the worst by far committed his most recent offences less than 3 weeks after being released on licence from prison. He was less than half way through a seven year sentence for acts of gross indecency committed against young boys. Local police suspected he was at it again and without any evidence other than his loitering near places frequented by young teens and the photographs they found in his home, which were `suspcious but not illegal` they put him before the courts. Magistrates made an order forbidding him from approaching any youngsters, closer that 30 feet. Well it must have worked for a while because it was several months before the police managed to make a case against him. Within weeks several more young boys had been enticed and abused and their lives blighted. By the time the victims were identified (they were keeping it to themselves and it was investigative work that found them) it was way too late. He got `life` on that occasion and, as that was about ten years ago, there's a chance he may still be inside, but one day he'll be back home.