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‘I watched dad shoot dead paedo for abusing me – but I won’t condone killing’

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A man who was kidnapped and abused by a paedophile as an 11-year-old has spoken of the moment he watched his dad shoot his attacker dead on live TV.

Gary Plauche, the father of Jody Plauche, shot Jeff Doucet dead as he marched through Baton Rouge Airport, in Louisiana, in front of news cameras.

Doucet, a karate teacher, had snatched Jody and taken him nearly 2,000 miles away from his home in Louisiana, to a Californian hotel in March 1984.

He had proceeded to inflict upon the boy a shocking campaign of sexual abuse and grooming, Mirror reports.

Doucet was caught by cops when he let Jody place a collect call to his mum which resulted in Jody being freed and the paedophile shipped back to Baton Rouge.

As Plauche arrived, surrounded by cops, Gary was waiting for him, as was a local TV news crew.

Hidden under a baseball cap and sunglasses, with his back to the camera and standing by a bank of payphones, the fuming father was ready for vengeance.

TV news cameras were recording as the enraged dad drew out a gun and fired a single shot into the side of Doucet’s head.

Jody said he still recalled the day he saw the video of his dad gunning down his abuser on a 6 o’clock news bulletin.

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He has told of how he recorded the footage on a VHS tape and would watch it “over and over”, attempting to process what had happened.

While many Americans touted his dad as a “hero” for his act of revenge, Jody said did not agree.

"At first I was upset with what my father did because at age 11 – I just wanted Jeff to stop and not necessarily dead,” he said.

Gary spent the weekend in the cells over the killing, but ended up being given a suspended sentence for manslaughter along with probation and community service, rather than prison time.

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Jody recalled being told “Daddy shot Jeff” by his mom, the day after the shooting.

He recalled bursting into tears at the time, feeling “mad” that his father had killed his abuser.

Despite his dad still receiving applause online by “wannabe vigilantes” who call him a “hero” for killing the paedo, Jody said he “can not” and “will not” condone his behaviour.

Jody now hopes his book “Why, Gary, Why?” would be of help to victims, survivors and parents who had been subjected to abuse.

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