A paedophile is to out himself on TV tonight in the hope it will encourage society to offer more support to those sexually attracted to children.
Eddie admits to being aroused by four-year-old girls, while insisting he has never committed a crime, in The Paedophile Next Door on Channel 4.
The 39-year-old tells documentary maker Steve Humphries: ‘People will probably say, “Why isn’t this guy locked up? We should kill this guy, we should go and give him a good shoeing.” I, honest to God, won’t run away from you and if that is what you want to do to me, you come and do it, because all you are doing in that scenario is just keeping the status quo.''
The programme explores whether Britain should follow Germany in offering treatment to stop self-confessed paedophiles acting on desires.
Eddie, who is seeking therapy, meets child abuse victim Ian McFadyen, 49, who tells him: ‘Eighteen years ago I was quite violent, I would probably have attempted to kill you''.
The documentary also quotes research which suggests one in 50 men could be attracted to children.
Jon Brown, the NSPCC’s head of strategy and development, agreed a more open debate was needed.
But he added: ''The problem at the moment, and over the last decade, is the hugely increased availability of child abuse imagery online.''
Peter Saunders, founder of the National Association of People Abused in Childhood, told Metro: ‘The reality is there is probably not a paedophile “next door” but there are child abusers on practically every street in the land. And they will never admit their foul deeds and thoughts.
''We have to tackle these sordid issues head on and if someone is seeking help, better we do that before they offend rather than after.''
The programme airs at 9pm.