A SEX offender IS living in Ystradgynlais, the Guardian can exclusively reveal this week.

But the newspaper has been banned by magistrates from naming him.

Just weeks after police refused to confirm or deny rumours that a convicted paedophile was living in the Penrhos area at a public meeting details of the sex offender have been received by the Guardian.

A man appeared before Ystradgynlais magistrates at around the same time as concerns of dozens of parents were being expressed at public meetings.

The court register, which the Guardian receives on a weekly basis, names the man in an application by the police for a sex offender order for him.

But in a separate application to the court the man succeeded in obtaining a Section 11 Contempt of Court Order, which makes it an offence for us to name him.

The order covers the defendants' name, address and details "which may lead to the identity of the victims of the defendant's offences of which he has been convicted and subsequent alleged behaviour be withheld from the public in proceedings before the court and from any publication of any matter in connection with the proceedings".

One the same day, April 15, the court also made a sex offender order for an "indefinite period of time" against the man.

Under the Sex Offenders' Act 1997 the man must tell the police his name and address.

If he breaches the order he faces up to five years in jail, a fine, or both.

At the public meeting concerned parents were told that police sympathised with their fears but could not confirm or deny their suspicions.

Inspector Eric Bailey, of Ystradgynlais police, told parents: "All I can do is assure you that if there is a paedophile in Ystradgynlais that person will be monitored carefully."

But he added: "We cannot police these people 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but we try our very best to monitor the situation."