‘Once a paedophile, always a paedophile’ claims Ipswich sex abuse victim

Ipswich Crown Court

Ipswich Crown Court - Credit: Archant

A child sex victim has spoken of her disappointment after her abuser had his indefinite sexual offences prevention order (SOPO) cut to 10 years.

Michael Zablocki, formerly of Clapgate Lane, Ipswich, was jailed for 28 months in 2010 after admitting five offences of sexual activity with a child.

Last Thursday the 32-year-old’s Ipswich Crown Court application discharge his SOPO, which restricted his access to children, was supported by Suffolk Constabulary.

However, Judge Rupert Overbury said he would not lift the order without hearing the views of Zablocki’s victim, although he did reduce its length to 10 years.

After hearing of the decision Zablocki’s victim, who is now in her 20s, said: “I wanted it kept on for life. I didn’t want it to only run to 2020.

“Once a paedophile, always a paedophile, as far as I am concerned.

“My life has been absolutely destroyed.

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“When what happened first came out I had just started college. It completely destroyed my studies and that was the first sign of my life going downhill.

“I was constantly getting arrested. I have so many criminal convictions from when I rebelled.

“Now I just can’t do anything. I can’t trust anyone. I find it hard being near men.

“Even to this day if I saw him in the middle of the town it would freak me out straightaway.”

The woman said Zablocki was released from jail after serving half his sentence. She believes 14 months in custody was not long enough.

She added: “Either the day he came out of jail, or the day after, I saw him and it just broke me up all over again.”

At last Thursday’s hearing Suffolk police public protection officer Jane Corbett told the court she had carried out an assessment on Zablocki and although he had been considered to be at medium risk of reoffending in 2010, he was now deemed to be at low risk.

Pc Corbett also said since his release from prison Zablocki had completed the Thames Valley Sex Offenders’ Treatment Programme and was in a stable relationship with a woman with two adult children.

However, Judge Overbury expressed concern the assessment that had been done on Zablocki had only looked at present risk and not future risk.

“Sex offenders are unpredictable whatever lifestyle they want to portray,” he said