In my opinion, no matter how young these offenders might be, the very grave and perhaps sexually motivated nature of their crimes means that the law should consider them to be dangerous for the rest of their days. The law considers them to be very dangerous children - until one sees almost impossibly absolute evidence of their repentance and reformation, as adults the law should consider them to be very dangerous men.
Accordingly, their names and images should be released to the public, they should not be given new identities, adult images of them should be issued upon their release from custody and their neighbours should be entitled to be made aware of their histories.
By the same token, two days ago a serial sectarian offender named David Bates was imprisoned at Glasgow Sheriff Court; his fourth conviction for religiously aggaravated offences. The BBC reports that one of his priors was for a drunken and unprovoked assault on a priest. Somehow I don't think the message that his behaviour is sometimes unacceptable is quite getting through to Mr. Bates.
It seems quite clear that when drunk and in public, David Bates poses a danger to those he believes to be Roman Catholics; yet no image of him seems to have been published. This is disturbing. As citizens as well as Catholics, do we not possess the right to know what he looks like, so that we might avoid him should he appear to be in drink?
This is a live issue for me. I live quite near him. Although she has lived in the west of Scotland for many years, my wife's Irish accent still remains relatively undiluted. Oliver North remarked of Abu Nidal that he would meet him on equal terms anywhere in the world, but was not prepared to let his wife and family meet Nidal on Nidal's terms. I can understand this. While I would be willing to debate religion with David Bates on any terms he wishes, I really don't want my wife to meet David Bates, tanked up on Buckfast and in a Pope-fighting mood, on his terms.
Letting us know what he looks like might, just might, lessen the chance of that happening.