NHS boss to face court over sex case refusal
A judge has ordered a senior NHS official to come to court to explain why no psychiatric bed can be found for a dangerous internet predator.
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 has been branded a danger to children by a judge but has long standing mental problems and is likely to be sent to a hospital rather than a prison, the court heard.
His case has come back to Exeter Crown Court four times as his defence team have tried to ensure a care package is in place. He was due for sentence yesterday with plans to treat him at a mental hospital in Wales.
Mr Nigel Wraith, defending, told the court: "We thought that everything was in place," adding: "The head of psychiatric services told us that hospital in question has been deemed not to be secure enough."
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Judge Francis Gilbert, QC, ordered that Mr Andy Jones, a senior NHS official, should attend court next week to explain the lack of funding for Reed's treatment.
Reed, aged 34, of Grange Road, Bideford, who has learning difficulties, admitted at an earlier hearing attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity was remanded in custody.