Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Paedophile doctor released

"A PAEDOPHILE doctor has been freed from jail after a parole board rejected a Scottish Government plea to keep him behind bars over fears he will attack children. Leslie Mitchell, 60, was jailed for four years in 2010 for trying to lure two girls, aged 10 and 11, into his car. The judge at the High Court said Mitchell had wanted to have sex with the girls and told him he might never be released from prison after imposing a new order that allows the authorities to hold a prisoner indefinitely."

"But Mitchell, who told social workers he had sexually abused other girls, got his sentence reduced on appeal and has been freed despite ministers’ opposition. The doctor, originally from Falkirk, now lives in social housing in nearby Bo’ness. In parole board documents seen by the Sunday Mail, ministers said there was not enough evidence to suggest he would not be a risk to the public."

"But Mitchell told the board he needed to go back into the community to "test" whether his rehabilitation had worked. And he admitted to his psychologist during a risk assessment shortly before his release that he had engaged in sexual activity with young girls three times in the last decade. Despite this, his application was approved by all but one of the parole board’s members."

"Mitchell, who worked in the casualty ward at Stirling Royal Infirmary, was jailed for at least four years in September 2010 after trying to lure two girls into his car. He had been convicted at Falkirk Sheriff Court in June 2010."

|Scottish Conservative chief whip John Lamont said: "It sounds like this individual has been able to persuade the parole board rather easily. Releasing this man as a road-test of his rehabilitation is not the kind of risk we should be taking. "Now that his release has been highlighted, the Scottish Government better ensure they watch him extremely closely. If he does reoffend, there will be some extraordinarily difficult questions to answer."

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