Sex offender breaches order

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A CONVICTED sex offender breached a court order when he befriended a young boy and regularly gave him sweets.

William Martin, 46, of Ashfield Road, Bispham, pleaded guilty to breaching a Sex Offences Prevention Order (Sopo) by having contact with a child under-16 whose parents were not aware of his sex offence convictions.

Tracy Yates, prosecuting said Martin had been jailed for four years for sexual offences in 1997.

In 2008 he was put on a Sopo, which banned him from contact with children under 16 whose parents were unaware of his sex offences convictions.

Martin befriended a Blackpool woman with a grandson and over nine months, from April last year, he had regular contact with the boy, whose relatives did not know about his past.

It was Martin’s second breach of the Sopo.

When interviewed by police Martin claimed it was a mistake and he denied grooming the boy.

Martin was sent on bail for sentence at Preston Crown Court on February 14 by District Judge Jeff Brailsford sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

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