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Thursday, 5 September, 2002, 17:44 GMT 18:44 UK
Name-change paedophile jailed
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A convicted paedophile has been jailed for life for a string of abuse after changing his name to avoid detection.

Tennis coach James McAlpine, 34, from Exeter, Devon, should have been supervised by police after signing on the sex offenders' register - but he changed his name by deed poll.

McAlpine, of Howell Road, was jailed on Thursday at Exeter Crown Court after admitting 12 sex charges including a serious sex assault on a 13-year-old boy.

McAlpine was jailed for 30 months in 1997 for seven indecent assaults on boys and was told to sign the sex register after his release in November 1998, the court was told.


You are devious and manipulative, you targeted and groomed these boys, I regard you as highly dangerous

Judge Graham Cottle

But he went "underground" by changing his name to Jay Powers and worked as a tennis coach in Devon, the court heard.

He met the boys he abused through his work and moved in with the mother of one of them, the hearing was told.

He was caught after one of the boys called Childline and another told a friend, the court heard.

Stephen Mooney, prosecuting, said: "This case is an example of how the intentions of Parliament with regard to the registering of sex offenders can be thwarted by a devious and persistent individual."

Fresh proposals

Martin Steen, defending, said McAlpine changed his name because he was afraid of vigilante attacks.

McAlpine admitted a serious sexual assault on a 13-year-old boy, three indecent assaults, three charges of gross indecency on three boys aged 12 to 14 and five counts of possessing pornographic images of children.

Judge Graham Cottle told McAlpine: "You are devious and manipulative, you targeted and groomed these boys, I regard you as highly dangerous."

A Home Office spokesman said: "We have undertaken to look at the issue of deed polls and publish proposals in the autumn with a view to legislation as soon as possible."


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