‘Open house’ man breached sex order

Tobias Prescott

Tobias Prescott

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A MAN who kept an “open house” for youngsters at his Blackpool home has been jailed for two years.

Tobias Prescott allowed overnight stays at his address on King George’s Avenue.

Youngsters also had alcohol and were playing truant, Preston Crown Court was told.

Both boys and girls visited Prescott’s home.

The 24-four-year old pleaded guilty to nine offences of breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention order.

He had been placed on the order following a complaint about his alleged behaviour towards children.

The court heard that in the present case, there was no suggestion of sexual impropriety.

Brett Gerrity, prosecuting, said that in 2009, Prescott was given supervision for breaching the sexual offences prevention order.

Then in August last year, having failed to comply with notification requirements, he was given a suspended prison term.

The latest offences included his allowing a 14-year-old boy, who was playing truant, to sleep in his flat.

The youth slept there for an entire week.

The police went on to warn the defendant about what had happened.

The court also heard some youngsters consumed alcohol at his address. Prescott was arrested in June and has been in custody ever since.

Fear

Joe Hart, defending, said the children were never on their own in the address.

“The children were not in fear. They were not concerned.

“The defendant is someone who is quite a childish young man.

“He was desperate not to lose his home”.

Judge Graham Knowles said the defendant had told the youngsters he was not allowed to have children on his premises, but he could easily have sought the help of the police.

Instead Prescott had kept open house for a range of teenage children and had continued to use the presence of his room mate, who facilitated it all, as an excuse and a way of trying to distance himself from his responsibility.

The judge added “You are a persistent defier of court orders that exist to protect children.

You are very much to blame.

“You pose a high risk of harm to children and the very regrettable fact is that at present the only practical way in which that risk can be contained is by your imprisonment”.

Prescott was jailed for 22 months, with two months on top from his earlier suspended sentence.