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David Cullen: Call for better handling and monitoring of paedophiles

26th Nov 2008 | in Child Protection

The “serious case review” into the management of David Cullen, 48, formerly of Blackbird Leys, Oxford, was commissioned by the local safeguarding children board and announced by a Government minister during a Commons debate.

Cullen was given a life sentence at Oxford Crown Court earlier this month after admitting 28 sexual offences against children — including rape, sexual assault and taking and distributing indecent images.

He had raped one of his victims while on bail.

Reading East MP Rob Wilson, who represents a constituent whose son was among Cullen’s victims, used the debate to demand “better handling and monitoring of paedophiles”.

He said: “David Cullen was a high-risk, highly dangerous paedophile and well known to all the local agencies, yet he managed on numerous occasions to offend and re-offend, imparting desolation and destruction on families as a result.

“I am in no doubt the police did not fully disclose information about David Cullen to [my constituent] and her son.

“The authorities knew David Cullen was one of the most dangerous men in Britain, as far as children were concerned.”

Home Office Minister Meg Hillier said: “It is important this process takes its course and that we find out whether there are wider lessons to be learned.”

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