Terrified mum told paedophile step-dad can move back to village where she lives
A woman who was sexually abused for years by her step-dad is furious he’s been given the all clear to return to her village.
Vicky Morgan, 28, was first abused by Anthony Jones when she was just six-years-old.
The now 56-year-old subjected her to a six year campaign of sexual assault and rape, before she “started fighting back” at the age of 12.
After running away and ending up in foster care, Vicky found the strength to report the predator to the police nine years later.
In June 2013 Jones was sentenced to 12 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to seven counts of rape.
After being told by two victim support officers that he would never be able to return to the village in Swansea Valley where she still lives, Vicky received a letter explaining the rapist would soon be free to come back to his hometown.
Vicky, who suffers from PTSD and anxiety, is terrified of bumping into Jones on the street once his order elapses in 2025.
Since he was released on license six years into his sentence she has avoided leaving the zone he is barred from.
“He will absolutely come back here because he has a band of supporters,” Vicky told Mirror Online.
“Up until 2025 he can’t go in the six mile area.
“I purposefully avoid going anywhere out of the exemption zone. I could pass him on the streets with my kids.
“I am being tormented for a crime he committed. It’s like I’m the perpetrator.
“I have been worse since he has been out, everything in terms of my mental health has got worse.
“It’s like this overwhelming feeling of fear. Sometimes I wake up having had night terrors.
“I am on the sofa too afraid to move, especially in nighttime. Sometimes I can’t go to the shops.”
Vicky is convinced that Jones has not changed during his time inside.
“He only pleaded guilty because he said he didn’t want people attacking me,” Vicky said.
“Paedophiles can’t reform. It’s the same with domestic abusers.”
At his sentencing at Swansea Crown Court Judge Paul Thomas accused Jones of blaming Vicky for his crimes.
“It is a clear classic case of paedophile grooming a young girl,” the judge said.
“You seem to consider she had her own role in this, that she is to blame.
“If anyone thinks your victim is to blame they are wholly and disgustingly wrong.
“You used her a sexual plaything. You have ruined her childhood and I can only hope you haven’t ruined her adulthood.”
The sickening abuse began one night when Jones came back to the house after a drinking session, Vicky said.
“He came home into my bedroom,” she recalled.
“It was touching to begin with. Two weeks later he actually raped me.
“I ran away when I was six. I was trying to go to my grandmother’s.
“He would keep me off school on Tuesdays. I was saying no all along.
“It lasted until I was about 12. That’s when I found my voice and started fighting back, but I was still too scared.”
Now Vicky is calling on the Ministry of Justice to change legislation and ensure that paedophiles cannot live close to their victims for the rest of their lives.
She said: “All I want is to be where I live to be exempt.
“A small area where they can feel safe, to get by.”
A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: “Child sex abuse is a truly sickening crime and our thoughts are with the victim.
“An independent judge decides the length of someone’s sentence, including how long licence conditions will apply.
“Victim Liaison Officers will advise victims on any further options before the end of the licence period.”
To sign Vicky’s petition click here.
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