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Canada arrests US pedophile exile

AFP , OTTAWA

Canada has arrested an American pedophile banished here by a US judge in lieu of jail, and plans to return him to the US, government officials said yesterday.

The Canada Border Services Agency "has deemed this individual a risk and have detained him for removal," Dave MacKenzie, Parliamentary Secretary to Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day, said in the House of Commons.

Later, Day told reporters: "We don't want to see Canada become a haven for pedophiles or any other person committing a serious crime and we don't want US courts getting the notion that we just take people here that they would have put in jail."

In a plea bargain, US teacher Malcolm Watson, 35, agreed to live outside the US for three years as punishment for having sex with a 15-year-old female student in his car, instead of serving one year in a US jail, according to reports.

The Cheektowaga Town Court in New York approved his sentence. The girl's parents also commended the sentence to avoid a public trial in which she would have to testify.

Watson, who lives with his Canadian wife and three children in Fort Erie, Ontario, across the border from Buffalo, New York, where he taught at a prep school, would not be allowed into the US except to report to his probation officer.

Day said Watson's US conviction makes him inadmissible to Canada.

Watson was expected to appear in a Canadian court yesterday.

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