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Paedophile sentence investigated

Madeleine Moon MP
I will investigate whether there are changes which need to be introduced
Madeleine Moon, Bridgend MP

An MP says she will be making further investigations after a man received a community sentence for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy.

Cardiff Crown Court heard that Kevin Tate, 32, of North Cornelly, Bridgend, was at "high risk of re-offending".

But despite stating he had "grave reservations" about the man, the judge said rules meant he could not jail him.

Bridgend MP Madeleine Moon wants "further clarification" on sentencing rules and whether changes can be made.

Tate had admitted "sexually touching" the boy's thigh.

Judge Philip Richards told Tate: "I find your behaviour horrific and I am deeply concerned you present a serious risk to children.

"I have grave reservations about the risk you present."

A report from the probation service identified Tate's risk level of future re-offending as "high".

Judge Richards added: "He poses a high risk of serious harm. That could be physical, sexual or emotional harm."

Guidelines

But the judge told the hearing that his hands were tied when it came to sentencing Tate.

"The guidelines say because he touched the boys leg he should be given a community sentence," he told the court.

"He cannot be given a programme of rehabilitation in custody unless he's sentenced to three years.

"It's left for me to impose a community sentence of three years as well as a supervision requirement."

Tate, who has three previous convictions for bomb hoaxes, was made subject to a sexual offences prevention order.

However, the MP for Bridgend, Madeleine Moon, said the matter raised issues that needed to be scrutinised.

"I will seek further clarification on the rules which the judge claimed limited his capacity in sentencing," she stated after the sentencing.

Adding that her thoughts were with the victim and his family, the politician said: "I will investigate whether there are changes which need to be introduced to ensure that anyone considered to be a risk, is not returned to the community without supervision and rehabilitation."



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