CONVICTED child sex offender Alan Smith could be back in Accrington as early as January after leaving his job as a teaching assistant in Thailand and splitting from his young bride following a media storm.
Last week it was revealed that Smith, 53, was working at a school near Bangkok just two years after being convicted of a sex offence against a teenager.
His new life in the Far East was exposed by a national tabloid newspaper conducting a campaign against paedophiles.
Smith, who claims he has been the victim of a "witch-hunt" and has done nothing wrong, says he has now resigned from his job and split up from his wife Pach, 26, who he married in February, following the pressure of the story appearing in the media.
He told the Observer from Thailand: "I feel bitter, angry and very vengeful. I am going to come back to Accrington as I haven’t got anywhere else to live now I have lost both my job and my wife."
He said his bags were packed and he was raising funds for his flight home before his visa ran out.
He added: "Since my wife and I split up I am in Bangkok for Christmas on my own and shortly I will be talking things over with people.
"Pach has had to go back to work in a factory for 50p an hour.
"But the lynch mob is still in Accrington so I will have to come back and sort them out.
"I am not a vindictive person but what has happened has been over the top and vile.
"I did everything by the book. I enjoyed my job and I was never left alone with the children. The Thai police have not arrested me as I have done nothing wrong."
Smith was placed on the Sex Offen-ders’ Register in the UK for seven years but that does not prevent him working with children abroad.
Smith, formerly Accrington Stanley mascot Stan the Monkey, appeared in court in August 2005 when he admitted sexual activity with a girl under 16.
The court was told that he prodded a 14-year-old girl’s bottom with a pool cue and later pulled up the top of her knickers.
Smith, formerly of Carter Street, Accrington, was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment, but as he had already been in custody for five-and-a-half months while awaiting trial, he was released immediately.
He was dropped as the club’s mascot and told to stay away from both home and away games.
Smith said he was angry Accrington Stanley’s name had again been brought up in media reports since he had not been the club’s mascot for more than two years.
Before his conviction in 2005, Smith found fame after winning the BBC2 quiz show The Weakest Link presented by Anne Robinson.
Hyndburn MP Greg Pope has expressed concern about the situation and said he was looking to speak to the Home Secretary to see if the regulations governing sex offenders working abroad could be tightened up.