Loanhead flasher avoids sex register

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A LOANHEAD man who exposed himself has avoided being put on the sex offenders’ register after a ruling by appeal judges.

The case was among several selected for the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh last week to consider challenges over whether notification requirements under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 were appropriate or necessary.

Under the legislation a list of offences – such as rape – are specified, which results in a convicted offender being placed on the register but with other crimes – such as breach of the peace – registration can also follow if a court decides there is “a significant sexual aspect” to the behaviour.

Lord Justice Clerk, Lord Gill, said that the appeals raised a difficult question over the application of the provisions for those offences not included on the specified list of crimes leading to being put on the sex offenders’ register.

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