29/09/2009

Extradited Paedophile Sentenced

A convicted child sex offender extradited to the UK from Mexico has been sentenced to a further 16 months in prison.

Andrew Jeremy Eden, 51, was ordered to serve another the time for failing to notify police of his intention to travel abroad under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

Eden was convicted of indecently assaulting a seven-year-old child in June 2001.

He was sentenced to four years in prison, with a further three years to be served on licence, and forced to sign the Sex Offender's Register.

In February 2005, he was recalled to prison after breaking the conditions of his registration under the Sexual Offences Act.

Officers went to his address in Rochdale to arrest him but he was not there and could not be traced.

He was traced to Mexico after a tip off from a member of the public who saw his details on the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre's 'Most Wanted' website.
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Officers contacted the Mexican authorities to establish whether he was living there. In September last year Mexican authorities confirmed they had arrested him and extradition proceedings began.

The extradition was granted in December 2008 but Eden appealed against it. He lost his appeal and officers from GMP's extradition unit travelled to Mexico in June to bring him back to the UK.

He arrived back in Manchester in July and was immediately taken to a police station.

Detective Inspector Debbie Conlon Houldershaw from GMP's Sex Offender Management Unit, said: "Eden has been proven to be a danger to children. He thought by travelling abroad he would be able to escape the restrictions imposed on him in the UK.

"This process is not easy and the officers involved have put a lot of work into getting him back so he can be properly monitored and avoid putting any further children at risk."

Jim Gamble, Chief Executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre said: "This should send a clear message to other missing child sex offenders; however far they travel, we will track them down and bring them to justice."

(PR/BMcC)

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