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Dutch lawyer says his pedophile client needs to leave country

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LEIDEN, Netherlands, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- A Dutch lawyer representing a convicted pedophile has asked that his client be allowed to move out of the country after protests were held outside his home.

The protests took place Sunday outside the new Leiden home of Benno L., who was was jailed in 2010 for sexually abusing several girls at a swimming school he ran, DutchNews.nl reported Monday.

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"If his presence generates such resistance, if we are so narrow-minded and intolerant, then we should also say: we have to do this differently," Pieter van der Kruijs told Nos radio Monday.

The sex offender, who is now on supervised release, has German citizenship, but has not been allowed to move to Germany because the country has not yet implemented European Union standards to keep him under strict supervision, Van der Kruijs said.

Leiden Mayor Henri Lenferink showed up to the protest Sunday and said he didn't inform locals Benno L. was moving into the neighborhood because "he wanted to 'build up experience and look at how the situation developed."

"He has served his sentence and that means he has to return to society," the mayor said, adding that he would send out a letter to all residents informing them of the situation.

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