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Over 1,500 sex offenders who were spared jail when first convicted went on to commit similar crimes

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MORE than 1,500 sex offenders who escaped jail on their first conviction have committed similar crimes in the past five years.

They have been involved in rape, sexual assault and child abuse since they were pardoned by the courts.

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Last year, repeat offenders included two who escaped prison for child rape[/caption]

1,507 offenders who missed jail for their first offense were convicted of a sex crime.

Last year there were 264 – including 22 who were later convicted of rape and 56 of sexual assault.

Another 69 were convicted of child molestation, five of voyeurism and 66 of indecent exposure.

Justice Department figures released to The Sun on Sunday under the Freedom of Information Act also show the first offenses for which they have been convicted.

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Last year, repeat offenders included two who escaped prison for child rape, 80 who had sexually assaulted women and two who had been convicted of peeping tom offenses.

The cases include that of Rhys Miller-Offiong, who was given a suspended sentence in 2017 for tricking a girl under the age of 16 into engaging in sexual activity. Three months later he raped a woman – for which he got 15 years.

Andrea Simon, director of the End Violence Against Women Coalition, said: “Our criminal justice system is catastrophically broken and this is a massive problem for women’s rights.”

The MoJ said, “New laws will keep serious sex offenders in prison longer and subject to stricter management upon release.”


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Andrea Simon, director of the End Violence Against Women Coalition, said: ‘Our criminal justice system is catastrophically broken’[/caption]

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