Paedophile is given Viagra on the NHS

A PAEDOPHILE with a 30-year history of abusing children is being prescribed Viagra on the NHS - and there is nothing the authorities can do to stop him.

Roger Martin, 71, merely has to visit his GP to obtain the libidoenhancing drug, even though experts warn it will enable him to continue preying on children despite his age.

Probation officers cannot interfere with the administration of prescription drugs. Martin suffers from several illnesses including diabetes, for which health guidelines say Viagra can be prescribed.

Martin, of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, has a history of sex offences dating back to 1978 when he was convicted of having unlawful sex with a 15-year-old girl.

His latest assault was on an 11year-old girl last year. But when he was sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court yesterday a judge spared him a jail term as he 'would not be able to cope' behind bars.

Last night Martin, a widower, claimed he 'wasn't doing anything wrong' by taking Viagra.

But Claude Knights, of children's charity Kidscape, said: 'I'm shocked that someone has been given a chemical aid to sexual activity when they are misdirecting their urges. It gives them a chance to abuse more children.'