Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Sex Offender Fled Czech Republic for Tyneside; Dad's Child Molestation Conviction Revealed after Five Years on Tyneside

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Sex Offender Fled Czech Republic for Tyneside; Dad's Child Molestation Conviction Revealed after Five Years on Tyneside

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Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN and ALASTAIR CRAIG

A FUGITIVE child molester from the Czech Republic has been living on Tyneside for five years.

Stefan Terkely went on the run from his homeland after being convicted of a sexual assault on a 10-year-old more than a decade ago.

But he settled on Tyneside with his wife and children and only now has his secret past caught up with him.

He has finally been arrested and is facing extradition, although campaigners are fighting for him to be allowed to remain in Britain.

Asylum seeker Terkely, 45, fled to Tyneside to avoid serving a two-and-a-half year prison sentence for assaulting the girl, who is now 22.

Part of the charge involves the moral education of the youngster, in that Terkely allegedly showed her pornographic material.

He was also charged with threatening to kill members of her family if she spoke of the abuse.

Terkely, of Romany origin, came to the region from Ostrava East in 2002 seeking asylum and claimed he was being persecuted by the Czech authorities.

Having already served a prison sentence in the 1980s following clashes with the local militia, he claimed he was "fitted up" on the sexual offences charges and would fear for his life in his home country.

Police officers stopped Terkely in a North Shields street last Thursday, and checks made on the national police database revealed there was a European arrest warrant out on him.

He was held in custody at North Shields and then transferred to London before appearing at the City of Westminster Magistrates' Court the next day.

Today his Czech wife, Petra, 27, who is caring for their three children, one born on Tyneside, said through an interpreter that she was standing by her husband.

She said: "Stefan was persecuted in the Czech Republic because we are Romany. He was not given a chance in court.

"If you are Romany and you go to court then you go to prison, we have no chance. He was never allowed to appeal. …

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