#parent | #kids | Convicted paedophile is back behind bars after breaching sexual harm prevention order


A CONVICTED paedophile is back behind bars after breaching the terms of a sexual harm prevention order – three years after he was jailed for vile offences.

David Brown, 30, of Barnby Avenue, Lower Grange, appeared at Bradford Crown Court via video link yesterday to be sentenced.

The court heard he had previous convictions for possessing indecent images of children, causing a child to engage in sexual activity and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. The Telegraph & Argus reported in 2017 how he looked up train times for a 14-year-old girl to travel from her home in South Wales to meet up with him for sex, telling her to wear her school uniform.

He was jailed for four years, ordered to sign on the sex offenders’ register for life and the judge made a Sexual Harm Prevention Order without limit of time. In August, 2015, Brown was sentenced to a three year community order for 12 offences of possession of indecent images of children and intimidating a witness in a rape investigation that was later dropped.

He was made the subject of a five year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and ordered to sign on the sex offenders’ register.

The latest offending emerged on his release from prison. He was placed under police supervision and during a visit to his house was caught trying to delete a photo gallery from a Samsung phone, which contained a significant amount of porn.

It was sent away for forensic examination and there was found to be content which had been deleted in breach of the order.

He had also installed an app called Teen Chat – a messaging app for youngsters between 13 and 19. He gave police a password for the site, but it was wrong, so chats could not be extracted.

Text messages also emerged, which had been deleted, where he had contacted a girl who called herself Emily, who was not identified as a particular individual, but said she was 14 years old. He told her to keep their conversations a secret and steered it on to sexual matters, asking if she was a virgin, offering to send a picture of his erect penis and asking to her send images of herself topless, which she refused.

Brown was released under investigation and was visited by police on June 12, when officers discovered a Kindle Fire which had been purchased eight days earlier and he had not told police about, again in breach of the order, and which contained different messaging apps.

When speaking with one 14-year-old, who said she lived in New York, he told he was a 13-year-old boy.

Samreen Akhtar, for Brown, said he expressed remorse over the incidents and that he’d had a difficult upbringing, with challenges through to adulthood. A pre-sentence report found there was not an option for a non-custodial sentence. He pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to the breaches, which he received a sentence of three years for, and also pleaded guilty to attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act. He received 12 months for that offence, with an extended licence period of four years. Judge Richard Mansell QC said this was necessary to protect the public, particularly, young and teenage girls.




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