Child contact ban lifted for former teacher
A former trainee teacher has had an order banning him from contact with children lifted after completing a sex offenders' programme.
Devout churchgoer Edward Brewer, 31, was forced to abandon his chosen career in 2008 when he admitted making contact with an underage girl on the internet.
The Exeter University physics graduate was made subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order, which restricted his unsupervised contact with children after his conviction.
The order was lifted by Judge Graham Cottle at Exeter Crown Court after he was told Brewer made excellent progress on the Internet Sex Offender Treatment Programme.
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Gareth Evans, prosecuting, said: "We have received a report from the programme which speaks of the defendant in glowing terms and assesses him as having a low risk of re-offending."
Judge Cottle said: "If there is no opposition to this application, then I am sure it is well founded and the evidence has been given careful consideration by the police."
The hearing in 2008 heard how Brewer, from Guildford, who was training to be a teacher at Exeter, contacted a 12-year-old girl on the internet and persuaded her to perform a sexual act. He admitted inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and was ordered to attend the sex offenders' programme as a condition of a community order.