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SICKENING!PAEDO'S PRIVATE LESSONS FOR KIDS; Police and council helpless to stop pounds 18-an-hour perv.

Byline: GARY WRIGHT

THIS respectable-looking teacher is a convicted paedophile offering private lessons to children - and it's all perfectly LEGAL.

Bespectacled Keith Hudson, 49 - who tried to smuggle a parcel of kiddie porn into Britain - advertises one-to-one tuition in his home for teenagers over 14 but admits: "I could go younger."

The People can reveal that innocent-looking Hudson is...

ON the Sex Offenders' Register.

ON the Department of Education's secret List 99 which bars teachers convicted or suspected of child abuse.

ON his local council's list of teachers who may pose a risk.

Despite all these safeguards, Hudson has set up a "learning centre" based at his home and there is nothing the authorities can do to stop him.

Head teachers are so worried they have sent out warning letters to parents.

And police said: "It's an alarming loophole which should be closed."

Hudson was convicted in 1998 of trying to import pornographic photos of young children after an investigation by Customs officers at Dover.

He was put on the Sex Offenders' Register for five years. Hudson was also put on East Sussex County Council's internal restricted list of teachers who may pose a risk.

But The People discovered the devious tutor is now advertising pounds 18-an-hour lessons at his "Sussex Learning Centre" in Yellow Pages.

When an undercover reporter approached him at his three-bedroom detached house in Crowborough, East Sussex, he said: "I am the principal tutor here and carry out all the lessons.

"I offer one-to-one specialist tuition just with the child either on home visits or at the learning centre.

"The level of teaching goes from key stage three aged 14 to GCSE and A-level standard. But I could go younger, depending on the child and their needs."

He added: "The lessons are mainly in maths and science. For a key stage three pupil the lessons would cost pounds 18 an hour."

Council bosses are so worried about Hudson they have sent out warnings to head teachers.

Some teachers have passed the warning on to parents.

Jenni Miller, head teacher at Roselands Infants School, Eastbourne, said: "I have taken the exceptional step of writing to you because I believe the situation is sufficiently serious."

Hudson, who was fined pounds 150 and ordered to pay pounds 1,000 costs when he was convicted at Croydon Crown Court, Surrey, in 1998, refused to comment when we confronted him.

A spokesman for East Sussex County Council said: "We are sufficiently worried about this person setting himself up as a tutor to send out a warning to schools.

"It is then up to head teachers to warn parents. Whether he should legally be allowed to operate as a private tutor is one for the justice system and the police to decide."

A Sussex Police spokesman said: "This situation reveals a legal loophole which we are trying to close.

"There is nothing stopping Mr Hudson setting up a private teaching school.

"We will be referring this matter to the Association of Chief Police Officers."

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Date:Oct 6, 2002
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