A dangerous paedophile who served jail time for grooming a teenage girl and having sex with her in the back of his van has been spotted back in his home town.

Matthew Kelsey pretended to be a teenager to gain the trust of his victim - who was just 14-years-old at the time - before having sex with her.

Having plied her with presents and calling her "Pumpkin" and "Princess", he coaxed her into the back of his black that he had fitted out with a rug and bed.

He had sex with her twice, Falkirk Sheriff Court heard in September before he was sent down.

He pleaded guilty to having sexual intercourse with the girl, who could not be named for legal reasons, and sending her sexual communications, the Sun reported last year.

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He was slapped with a two-year jail term, as well as an 18-month extended sentence, during which time he could be returned to custody if he re-offended.

Kelsey was also placed him on the sex offenders' register.

However, residents in Brough say Kelsey is now back living in the area.

He had been caught out when the besotted girl, who lived in Scotland, told her mum what she believed was the truth - that Kelsey was a 19-year-old called Alan Thomas.

Her mum contacted the police in Scotland, the place where the offences took place.

Paedophile Matthew Kelsey outside Hull Crown Court in 2012
Paedophile Matthew Kelsey outside Hull Crown Court in 2012

The court heard Kelsey first made contact with the girl through Facebook Messenger in March 2019, and before long they were messaging each other several times a day.

Ronnie Hay, prosecuting, said: "They discussed their lives and he said he was depressed and wanted to kill himself.

"The girl told him not to do it, that she was also depressed due to being bullied at school, and often self-harmed.

"He told her often that she was beautiful and amazing and she was the only person in the world who could make him happy.

"She sometimes referred to him as 'Dad'."

After role-playing sex on Facebook with the girl, he met her for the first time in August 2019, driving up to Cowie, Stirlingshire.

Mr Hay said: "They sat on a bench and he hugged her and whispered in her ear that she had a lovely body.

"He told her he loved her and gave her a silver-gold bracelet with an inscription referring to her as his 'queen'."

A few days later he coaxed her into his van because it was raining, and they sat down on the bed where he gave her a rose before touching indecently and days later turned up in his van again, and she agreed to let him have sex with her.

The court heard Kelsey had sex with the girl twice and on neither occasion did he wear a condom.

He was arrested in January after the girl's mother demanded to meet him.

When she did, she instantly realised he was not a young teenager, and phoned Police Scotland.

Humberside Police later forced entry to his home and arrested him.

During the sentencing last September, the court heard that the girl had since had trouble sleeping, and had suicidal thoughts.

Kelsey appeared by video link from Low Moss Prison, where he had been on remand since his arrest. However, he is now believed to be walking free.

The court also heard that Kelsey was convicted in 2012 of inciting a girl under the age of 16 to engage in sexual activity - at the time he was working as a piano teacher and he picked up a girl pupil in his vehicle and kissed her on the mouth.

For that offence, which he pleaded guilty to, he was placed under supervision for 24 months.