Devon

Judge calls for Bovey Tracey paedophile to be moved

A judge has called for a convicted paedophile who is living near a primary school to be moved.

Stephen Manley, 42, admitted 12 charges relating to indecent images charges after child pornography was found at his home in Bovey Tracey, Devon.

Local parents wrote to Judge Graham Cottle at Exeter Crown Court, warning him of where Manley was living.

He adjourned sentencing, saying Manley "should not be living at this address, it is too close to the school".

At a previous court hearing, unemployed Manley admitted five charges of making indecent images of children, six charges of possessing indecent images of children, and one of distributing indecent images of children.

Manley had been due to be sentenced on Thursday.

Local parents, who formed a group, Concerned Parents of Bovey Tracey, wrote to the judge ahead of Thursday's hearing, expressing their concerns about Manley, who they said has views of the school from the house which he shares with his mother.

The judge said he was adjourning the case to allow the probation service to advise him on plans to manage Manley.

"Alternative accommodation must be sought," the judge said.

The judge imposed a curfew on Manley, who shares the housing association home.

'Risky situation'

It means Manley is only allowed out between 10:00 and 14:00, when children would not be nearby, or for treatment for a medical condition he suffers from.

The court heard on Thursday that Manley still denies being a paedophile.

The judge told the court: "It appears he has a sexual interest in young teenage boys.

"It is not surprising in the least that there are a number of concerned mothers in Bovey Tracey. It is a risky situation."

After the hearing, Angie Francis, 37, whose son attends the school, said: "His place looks on to a school and it is near a field where the boys play football between the ages of five and 16."

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