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Convicted child rapist allowed to live in same house as toddler daughter

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The court has ruled that the man can live in the same house as his daughter
The court has ruled that the man can live in the same house as his daughter

A convicted 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 has concluded that the little girl - who is aged about two - should be brought up by the man's parents.

And she has approved a plan drawn up by social services bosses which will allow the man, who is in his mid-20s, to "remain within the household" providing that he is "loosely supervised".

Detail of the case has emerged in a ruling by the judge following a family court hearing in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.

No-one involved was identified.

Judge Venables said the man and the little girl's mother had separated.

The toddler had been living with her mother but had been taken into care by social services staff at Buckinghamshire County Council last year after her mother was accused of neglect.

Social services bosses had subsequently asked the judge to make decisions about the little girl's future.

The judge concluded that the youngster could not return to her mother's care.

And she has approved a council plan under which the man's parents will become the little girl's guardians.

Judge Venables said the little girl would live with her paternal grandparents.

The judge said Buckinghamshire council was "content" for the girl's father to live at his parents' home with her.

"(The man) was convicted of rape and two counts of attempted rape in 2007. The offences occurred when he was 17. The victim was 12. He has no other convictions. He was not given a custodial sentence," said Judge Venables in her ruling.

"He has been entirely open about this conviction, as has his family."

The judge said the man was the subject of a sexual offences prevention order.

"Under that order (he) is prohibited from communicating indirectly with any girl under 16 (and) being alone with any girl between the ages of 10 and 16," said the judge.

"(He) has recently instructed his criminal solicitors to seek variation of that order on the basis that he no longer poses a significant risk."

The child had been represented by a court-appointed guardian.

Judge Venables added: "Both the local authority and the .. guardian in these proceedings are satisfied that the level of risk he poses is reduced."

The judge went on: "The local authority asks the court to make a special guardianship order to the paternal grandparents. They are content for (the man) to remain within the household provided he is loosely supervised within that household."

She said the plan was for a re-assessment about six months after the little girl had moved in.