A ‘close watch must be kept’ on sex offenders enrolling for college courses in Dundee and Angus

At least three sex offenders per year have enrolled on courses at Dundee and Angus College since 2015, it has been revealed.

In 2015-16, four offenders with previous convictions for sexual offences — including crimes such as rape, sexual assault and indecent exposure — enrolled.

In the following academic year, three signed up and to date in 2017-18, three students with previous convictions have been accepted to study at the college.

Scottish Conservative justice spokesman Liam Kerr said that although rehabilitation was important, a “close watch” must be kept on sex offenders, particularly in settings such as colleges.

He said: “One of the most important parts of Scottish justice is the role of rehabilitation, alongside any punishment or restriction of liberty.

“Anyone who has been convicted of a crime should not be prevented from reforming and going on to become a productive member of society.

“Education can be a big part of that. However, a close watch must be kept on sex offenders when they enter a setting where there may be young and vulnerable people.”

The college said the offenders were not subject to any special treatment under the multi-agency public protection arrangements, which ensure the successful management of violent and sexual offenders.

However, police and social services have been involved in vetting each one.