A DECISION not to extradite fugitive Sheffield paedophile Peter Wheatherley from Spain was made because he may not receive a custodial sentence even if he was returned to Britain.
The 41-year-old, formerly of Kinnaird Road, Shiregreen, is one of four perverts on the Child Exploitation and Online Protection agency's national Most Wanted list, published on the internet.
Although he has served his time, he is wanted for failin to notify police of his address so officers can keep tabs on his activities - an offence carrying a maximum sentence of six months in prison.
As British authorities have now found out where he is living, so he could be monitored by Spanish police, officers do not believe the time and trouble of bringing an extradition case would be justified given he can only receive a light sentence.
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "Since the end of 2007, Peter Wheatherley has been living on the Costa del Sol, where the Spanish authorities are aware of him.
"We are continuing to liaise with them about any potential risk he poses.
"Wheatherley has served his time for his original offence, but is currently wanted for a breach of notification requirements - essentially failing to provide his name and address - under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.