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ECPAT UK criticises court verdict on child sex tourism case - 18th June 2010

The case against former teacher 'PM' (63) was thrown out of Bristol Crown Court this week (15th June) by a Judge who is out of touch with international child sex tourism offences. Gloucestershire police who had been investigating the case against 'PM' for horrendous child sex crimes in India had requested extra time by the court because of delays in getting evidence from India. In a shock decision, Judge Roach refused and threw the case out.

Christine Beddoe, Director of ECPAT UK (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking) called today for an immediate review of the decision that led to the judgement which allowed 'PM' to avoid going to trial, saying “The UK has an appalling record in prosecuting British citizens for child sex tourism. Judges appear to be turning a blind eye, sex offenders are getting away with it and police are struggling under the weight of red tape. This Judge was clearly out of touch with the complex nature of international sexual offending and the verdict will only serve as an incentive to offenders to go abroad. It’s intolerable”.

Specialist officers from Gloucestershire police went to India in 2009 to investigate the charges and to interview victims and witnesses. Detective Inspector Mark Little, who oversaw the investigation carried out by Gloucestershire’s Child Abuse Investigation Team, said the dismissal of the case had been very disappointing. He said: “We are obviously very disappointed that this case has not progressed and I would like to thank all the officers involved for their hard work and dedication.”

The charges against 'PM', which he denied, dated back to 2005 to 2006 when he worked as a volunteer in Chennai, India. They were brought under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 which allows the British Crown to prosecute its citizens for sexual offences allegedly committed overseas.

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