I looked up and he was outside smiling at me’: Teenager reveals horror at discovering paedophile who abused her at 13 moved in over the road after leaving jail
- Demi Bowers, 18, babysat for the daughter of neighbour John Breckon, 52
- Beckon groomed her with gifts of jewellery and GHD hair straighteners
- When she was just 13, the father-of-one from Bridlington tried to kiss her
- Then began several months of abuse which ended when she told a teacher
- Breckon was charged and admitted three counts of sexual activity with child
- Jailed for two and a half years, he was banned from going near her for year
- The day the ban ended, she saw Breckon sneering at her over the road
When a neighbour who sexually abused her was jailed, Demi Bowers hoped she had seen the last of him.
So she was devastated when she looked out of her house and saw John Breckon staring at her from across the road.
She was even more horrified to discover that he had moved back into the street after completing his prison sentence.
Now the teenager has been forced to leave her family home and move miles away to escape Breckon, who groomed and abused her when she was 13.
‘I was home alone and I saw him across the street staring at me from the window laughing,’ said Mrs Bowers, now 18, who has waived her right to anonymity and is calling for a change in the law to ban paedophiles from living near their victims.
‘I rang my mum crying and she said I was seeing things. But then she came back and saw for herself. He’s got his life back whereas I have had to move house and I am the victim.’
Breckon, 52, showered her with gifts before sexually assaulting her over a five-month period while his wife worked night shifts.
The attacks happened after Mrs Bowers began babysitting after school for the former factory worker, then a family friend, in Bridlington, East Yorkshire.
She viewed him as a father-figure but he became infatuated with her.
She eventually told her teachers and in 2010 Breckon was jailed at Hull Crown Court after he admitted sexual activity with a child.
He was released in 2012 after serving half his two-and-a-half-year sentence but initially was banned from Bridlington. However, the restriction ended in February last year.
Mrs Bowers, who has moved away with her partner Natalia Bowers, 25, said: ‘When the ban ended, I saw him at the house his mother left him in her will across the road.
‘When he was jailed I became obsessed with thinking he was there. I was constantly locking doors. I suffer from depression and anxiety because of what happened to me.
‘There’s nothing stopping him now and I still keep thinking he is there. He has his house and his wife and has his life back but I am suffering because I have to live far away from my family.’
It is understood that Breckon spends part of his time at the house, which he is renovating, and the rest of the time at his family home nearby with his wife Karen, 49, a nurse, and their five-year-old daughter.
Mrs Bowers said: ‘He was infatuated with me when I was 13. He placed a mirror in the bedroom angled so he could see directly across into my room.’
Her mother Angela Kingston, 39, a voluntary worker, said: ‘We are living in the 21st century and a convicted paedophile is allowed to live opposite his victim and nothing is stopping him.
‘My daughter was robbed of her childhood, she can’t come and visit her own mum. He was sat in the window watching her from her bedroom and now she is too scared to be here.’
She said Breckon was taunting them. ‘There is no law stopping it and I feel let down. He has more human rights than she does. She has had to move away.’
Adam Pemberton of Victim Support said: ‘Too many times, too many victims of violent or sexual assaults tell us they do not feel safe when the person convicted of a crime against them is released.