Paedophile let teenager sleep at his home

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A convicted paedophile was arrested after he took boys for bike rides and let a boy sleep over at his home.

James Craft, 23, of Lang Street, North Shore, pleaded guilty to three offences of breaching a Sex Offences Prevention Order (SOPO).

He was bailed to appear at Preston Crown Court for sentence on November 28 by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Craft had previous convictions for indecently assaulting a girl under 14 and engaging in sexual activity with a girl under 16.

He was put on a full SOPO in 2007. The order banned him from contact with children unless a parent who knew about his previous sex offences and the SOPO was present.

The court heard Craft got to know a mother-of-four, who had no idea of his history.

He breached his SOPO between July 1 and October this year when he took her sons aged 14 and 15 out on bike rides. He also allowed the 15-year-old boy to sleep overnight at his home and Craft also slept at the mother’s home when the children were there.

Steven Townley, defending, said Craft had learning disabilities and behaved in a way much younger than his age. He lived with his father, was isolated and had few friends.

Craft had shared a love of gaming on games players with the boys involved, but there was no suggestion he had behaved improperly towards them.

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