British paedophile set to out himself on TV show

A self-confessed paedophile is to out himself in a television documentary tonight to ask for more help for people sexually attracted to children in a bid to stop them becoming criminals.

Channel 4’s The Paedophile Next Door will feature 39-year-old Eddie admitting openly on camera that he has been sexually attracted to girls as young as four since he was in his 20s, but insisting he has never committed a crime.

The programme looks at so-called “virtuous paedophiles” and suggests radical changes are needed to child protection that include treatment and therapy for those who come forward despite never having committed any sex offences. Eddie, who tells the programme he is also attracted to adult women, says he has never abused children and does not plan to.

He tells documentary maker Steve Humphries: “People will probably say ‘Why isn’t this guy locked up? We should kill this guy, we should go and give him a good shoeing’.

“I, honest to God, won’t run away from you and if that is what you want to do to me, you come and do it, because all you are doing in that scenario is just keeping the status quo.

“Going around abusing children is not acceptable, viewing images of child pornography is not acceptable, but people are just waiting for you to offend before they help you.”


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