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Child rapist is allowed to live with his daughter (2)

A child rapist barred from being alone with girls aged between 10 and 16 can live in the home where his toddler daughter will grow up, a family court judge has ruled.

Judge Karen Venables said the child, aged about two, should be brought up by the man's parents and approved a social services plan allowing the rapist, who is in his 20s, to stay in the house providing he is "loosely supervised".

Details of the offender, who was convicted of raping a 12-year-old in 2007, emerged after a hearing at Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.

The court heard the man and the girl's mother had separated and that the child lived with her mother until she was taken into care amid claims of neglect.

Social services bosses subsequently asked the judge to make decisions about her future.

In the case, the judge concluded the youngster could not return to her mother's care and approved the plan for the man's parents to become her guardians.

She also said that the offender, who has learning difficulties, was remorseful for his crimes and that, according to a therapist, the risk he poses has fallen.

Belfast Telegraph