A pervert has been locked up indefinitely after grabbing a young boy in the street and subjecting him to a horrific daylight sex attack.
Peterlee man John Andrew Malcolm, 25, will not be released until health officials are satisfied he is not a danger to children.
The family of the youngster say they have had a “horrendous” time since the incident happened and are glad Malcolm is now off the streets.
But they have urged East Durham parents to keep a close eye on their children.
Durham Crown Court was told the young victim was making his way home on his bike in Peterlee when he was approached by Malcolm who took hold of the youngster’s bike before carrying him to a wooded area nearby.
The boy was then sexually assaulted and Malcolm tried to rape the youngster, but, a passer-by shouted for help, and Malcolm then fled.
Psychiatrist reports were ordered during Malcolm’s court hearing, and after admitting sexual assault and attempted rape, he was sentenced to a hospital order under section 37 of the Mental Health Act and a restriction order under Section 41 of the act.
Malcolm, formerly of Fulwell Road, Peterlee, will not be released until a mental health tribunal concludes he is no longer a danger to children.
The grandmother of the boy, who cannot be named, said: “I know you can’t watch kids 24/7, but I want to warn other parents to be more vigilant.”