#childmolestor | Sex offender back in trouble after failing to tell police he’d moved in with partner


A sex offender found himself back in trouble after he failed to tell police he’d moved in with his partner.

Steven Raun was put on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years back in 2012 after being convicted of offences relating to under 16s.

As part of the requirements, the 31-year-old must inform officers of a change of address within seven days of moving.

A court heard that Raun was staying with his mother on Lindfield Avenue, in Blakelaw, Newcastle, but went to live with his girlfriend in December 2019.

However, for eight months, he failed to inform officers he had moved and it wasn’t discovered until his mum dropped him in it in August 2020.

Raun, now back at Lindfield Avenue, admitted he’d forgotten to tell police when he appeared at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court to plead guilty to one count of failing to comply with sex offender notification requirements.

Prosecutor, Lesley Burgess, said: “The defendant was made subject of notification requirements following a sentence for sex offences in relation to under 16s back in 2012.

“They were in place for 10 years. The evidence in this case comes from the defendant’s mother and partner.

“The defendant had always been in touch with his offender manager and provided his mother’s address as his residence.”

Miss Burgess added: “His mother was spoken to and she said the defendant only stayed at hers on occasions but hadn’t been residing there.

“His partner then said they’d been living together as a family at her address.”

The court heard that Raun had a previous breach of the order on his record from 2015 but hadn’t been in trouble since.

Janice Hall, defending, said: “Mr Raun did notify police he’d moved in with his partner at the her old address but they moved.

“It was that move that he says he simply forgot to tell the police of.”

Magistrates adjourned the case for the preparation of a pre-sentence report back in the same court on May 10.





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