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EXCLUSIVE: Paedophile teacher who preyed on boys banned from playparks
Paul Firth, who was jailed for eight years in 2006 for abusing boys over a 22-year-period, had a Sexual Offences Prevention Order against him granted at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.
The ex-assistant head of St Machar Academy in Aberdeen served just under five years of the sentence before being released, but was jailed again for three years in 2011 for using a string of fake names.
During a brief hearing at Aberdeen Sheriff Court, solicitor Rachel Campbell, on behalf of Police Scotland Chief Constable Stephen House, said that 10 years was the term being sought and Sheriff Marysia Lewis granted the order.
Under the terms of the order Firth, who has been released from his latest prison sentence, has to comply with a number of conditions.
The order states he should not have contact or communication with any person under the age of 16, except when it is unavoidable.
He is also banned from entering or remaining in the vicinity of any designated children’s play areas, schools, nurseries, or for remaining in recreational facilities or public open spaces where children under 16 are present.
Firth, originally from Alford, also has to comply with other conditions such as not deleting his internet history and making devices he has that can access the web available for inspection when requested.
When Firth was due to stand trial in 2000 he fled to the Spanish enclave of Cueta on Morocco’s Mediterranean coast, aboard his yacht Romalo.
Following an international hunt and TV appeals for information, he was eventually arrested and brought back to the North-east in 2003.
Due to extradition rules, Firth could only face two of the 19 original charges and he was jailed for three years.
He was released in December 2004 but, following further inquiries, he was charged by police with 27 sex offences.
In June 2006, Firth, admitted 13 indecency offences and was jailed for eight years.
The paedophile committed the crimes against the youngsters between 1974 and 1996.
Some of his victims – who were aged between eight and 16 – were Scouts.