PRISON is the right place for Neil Brown, the "manipulative" pervert who touched himself in front of a 10-year-old boy in a public swimming pool shower and then lied about it when caught, forcing the child to give evidence at a trial and relive the ordeal.

Brown claimed the boy had misunderstood what he was doing, when he was arrested after committing the sexual offence at Droitwich Leisure Centre on December 16, 2017.

But the boy showed great courage in speaking out, both to his parents and then later the police and in court, and his bravery has no doubt stopped Brown from traumatising other children, because the judge said that the former NHS manager had likely offended before and would have done so again.

This raises the question of how many boys Brown might have exposed himself to over the years. Understandably, many boys would be so shocked by the ordeal – or fail to understand what Brown was doing – that they would not tell tell anyone what had happened, and so he could go on offending.

That's why it's so important to sensitively teach our children about the dangers that are out there. Of course, it's difficult to do this without making our children terrified of the world and taking away their innocence too soon, but warning them of 'stranger danger' and that not all adults are kind is, sadly, a necessity these days.