Delay in sentence of Bideford internet predator
THE sentence of a dangerous internet predator has been delayed to allow the health service to arrange funding for his treatment in a secure hospital.
Reginald Reed tried to groom children on the internet and was caught when the mother of one of his intended victims became suspicious and checked her daughter’s computer.
He was branded as a danger to children and is likely to be sent for treatment at a mental hospital in Wales.
A judge at Exeter Crown Court adjourned his sentence to await confirmation that the health service in Devon are willing to fund his treatment and a bed was available for him.
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Reed, of Grange Road, Bideford, who has learning difficulties, admitted attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity was remanded in custody.
Mr Nigel Wraith, defending, said psychiatric reports had recommended Reed undertake a sex offenders’ treatment programme under a hospital order.
He said Reed is distressed by the continuing delays which mean he remains a prisoner in Exeter Jail but that it is not possible for the court to make a hospital order without funding and a bed being confirmed.
Judge Jeremy Griggs adjourned the case to await further inquiries.
Judge Francis Gilbert, QC, who conducted the previous hearing, described Reed as being potentially dangerous and said his behaviour would merit a prison sentence if he was not treated.