Fairground Sex Pest Sent Back to Jail

South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales), September 7, 2004 | Go to article overview

Fairground Sex Pest Sent Back to Jail


Byline: By LIZ KEEN South Wales Echo

A sex offender who got a job at a fairground ride for eight-year-olds just two weeks after being ordered to stay away from children is today back behind bars.

But a judge could only give Kenneth Curtis 12 months in jail - because a new law passed by Parliament to protect youngsters does not allow for extended sentences and the long-term supervision of guilty men.

Curtis, 52, was living in North Road, Cardiff, when he became one of the first people in the UK to have a new Sex Offenders' Prevention Order (SOPA) imposed against him.

The legislation came into force in May, aimed at protecting the public from 'serious sexual harm' before an offence is committed.

He had been released from prison in December 2002 and lived for a time in Yorkshire, before coming to South Wales.

On May 21, magistrates in Cardiff ordered Curtis - who has sexual convictions going back to the 1960s - not to go within 50 metres of a school, to stay away from parks and swimming pools, not to stand outside shops selling children's items and not to loiter in a public place. …

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