A convicted sex offender breached his sexual offences prevention order by repeatedly visiting a family with young children in Blackpool, a court has been told.
Frank McCrossan Crampsey, 59, of Johnston Street, Blackburn, would accompany his friend to see his daughter – who has two children aged five and 12 – in the resort.
What does underpin this is there are no individual sex offences
He was jailed for three years in 2001 for a string of indecent assaults and was later given the order in 2006, stipulating no contact with children under 16.
He was returned to prison by Judge Stuart Baker, who jailed him for eight months and ordered him to pay a £100 victim surcharge.
Preston Crown Court heard Crampsey was questioned after returning from a trip to Blackpool on March last year because he was supposed to notify officers of his whereabouts.
Stephen Parker, prosecuting, said: “When he returned to his home address he was visited by police. The officers asked him for his mobile phone and on the screensaver was a picture of children.
“It would appear they were the grandchildren of a friend of his he had been to visit in Blackpool and further inquiries revealed police to speak to that friend’s daughter.
“She says she’s known the defendant for about 16 years because he was a friend of her fathers’.
“She was not aware of a previous conviction, was not aware he was on notification requirements. She knew from her own father he had been in trouble but nothing more than that.
“She says her dad often comes to visit her once a month and more often than not the defendant comes to visit her with her father. He has been at other occasions such as Easter and Christmas visiting her 12 to 15 times each year. That puts him in breach because she had two children aged 12 and five. The defendant accepts from the inception of his SOPO he has visited her.
“He made admissions he was aware of the restrictions and thinks he had told her about it.”
The court heard he has previously breached the order.
Defending, Sarah Magill, said: “What does underpin this is there are no individual sex offences, it is a breach of the order. It can be distinguished by the circumstances. There is no suggestion by the mother of these children that he has shown any grooming behaviour.
“When he came out of prison he was living in a hostel with the grandfather of these children and they became friends. He maintains the position he was innocent of the original offences which gives him a certain attitude towards the order.”