after Dover paedophile goes missing John Archer Barnett Serious questions have been raised over the effectiveness of the sex offenders register after a convicted paedophile who abused a young boy was able to slip off the radar.
John Archer Barnett, also known as John Owen, went missing from Dover in April after police officers involved in his management became concerned he was getting too close to a family with children and social services stepped in. The 62 year old, who was convicted in 2003 for an indecent assault on an eight year old boy and jailed for four years, left the area and failed to tell Kent Police, something he is required to do under the Sexual Offences Act 2003. But it wasn't until last week almost five months later that the force released an appeal warning the public of Barnett's disappearance and his risk to children. Police also warned that he could potentially befriend a family in order to reoffend. A spokesman for Kent Police said they had been trying to trace the registered sex offender and that the appeal had been released when all lines of enquiry had dried up. "We made coach backpack clearance enquiries and a number of leads were followed," he said. "There were a series of sightings, including in Dartford and Brighton, and these were followed up. "When this came to nothing we released the appeal." He added: "This man wasn't in custody, but he didn't keep us informed of his change of address." Barnett's disappearance has sparked calls from a rape charity for more to be done to monitor such offenders. Gravesend based Family Matters, the UK's largest, specialist counselling service for survivors of sexual abuse and rape, said the sex offenders register was a "false hope" in keeping children safe. Operations director at the charity Malcolm Gilbert said: "It is a wholly inadequate instrument for protecting our children its minimal restrictions are routinely flouted and disregarded by many hundreds of offenders. "The police make no active effort to check those registered in their area. It is a waste of time and leads to an impression of false security. "If we think these people are a threat then the actions we take should proportionate to the threat. The whole matter should be reviewed and alternatives sought." He said the register was more of a "gesture" than an action as there are no requirements other than registering an address with police. "If they were required to sign on daily to police as is done with certain bail conditions then that would be something," he added. Mr Gilbert said Barnett getting close to a family was a "classic grooming process" and that offenders always played the long coach outlet sale kids game, getting a family on their side, and sometimes grooming any number of families at one time. Barnett was last seen by his landlord on April 14 at an address in Dover.
Officers involved in the management of Barnett had coach outlet handbags xpress become concerned that he coach outlet locations jenny was becoming too close to a family with children and social services got involved, following which he left the area. He failed to notify police of his new address and is now wanted for breach of the notification requirements under the Sexual Offences Act 2003. It is believed he is travelling around the UK and enquiries have revealed he has visited London, Blackpool, Brighton, Scarborough, Dartford and Bournemouth.
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