A PAEDOPHILE ex-teacher from Plymouth who was caught working at a school in Cambodia while on the run from police has appeared in court.
As revealed in The Herald earlier this year, former city scoutmaster Paul Prestidge was captured in the South East Asian country five years after fleeing the UK.
The 35-year-old was listed as being wanted for breaching sex offender regulations when he disappeared after lying to police.
Prestidge, formerly of Efford, was jailed for three years in 2007 for making indecent images of naked boys and keeping hundreds of child abuse images on his computer.
In 2010, when he was living in Cornwall, he told officers at Newquay police station that he was going on holiday in Spain.
He failed to return, breaching the terms of his order.
Appearing at Truro Crown Court on Friday, he pleaded guilty to notifying false information regarding travel outside of the UK on May 28, 2010.
Prestidge, whose address was given in court papers as of no fixed abode, denied failing to comply with notification requirements as a sex offender.
Philip Lee, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said the pleas were acceptable and a trial would not be sought on the second count.
“It was the first offence which really allowed other unfortunate events to ensue,” he said.
Prestidge was arrested in Cambodia after being found working in a school in the capital Phnom Penh.
Mr Lee said: “I have asked the police to obtain a statement for a relevant person from the school in Cambodia.
“It was an international school.
“I understand that there was a significant impact on that school, its parents, pupils and teachers.”
It is understood that there is no evidence that Prestidge committed sexual offences there.
Adjourning the case for the prosecution to get the statement from Cambodia, Judge Simon Carr said he wanted to know why Prestidge had chosen to go there.
“Cambodia, sadly, is a beautiful country but has a history of sex tourism,” he said.
Prestidge was remanded in custody to appear before the court for sentence on December 18.