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Cape paedophile 'upped his game' with tutor trick for kids

The Western Cape Social Development Department is investigating a convicted paedophile who was found offering academic tutoring to school pupils.

By posing as a tutor online, Brian Shofer advertised academic tutorials on classifieds website Gumtree, to learners from Grade 2 to Grade 11.

He was first jailed on indecent assault charges dating back to 1994, before he was released on parole.

He later re-offended after setting up a youth-care facility in Hanover Park and was released from prison in 2010.

Psychologist Dr. Marcel Londt says Shofer has improved his grooming and predator strategies with his latest online tactic.

He's simply hiding in the open. He's upped his game.

Dr. Marcel Londt, psychologist

She says that sex offenders need to be invested in their own rehabilitation, which Schofer clearly is not.

According to Londt, Shofer should know that he cannot engage with children or vulnerable families ever again.

But his denial of this is a great cause of concern for communities across Cape Town.

We should be very concerned. In fact, we should be scared.

Dr. Marcel Londt, psychologist

She claims that a sexual offenders register is challenging to implement because some pedophiles relocate to different communities and change their identities.

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