A CONVICTED sex offender who downloaded images of child abuse and breached a court order by making contact with children has been put behind bars.
Charles Poyser acted as a steward at the Blackpool Pride march, where there were around 300 young people, while he was barred from having contact with children.
The 44-year-old, of Warley Road, North Shore, also approached a young girl who was singing at a charity event and asked her to sign a CD while he was on bail for breaching a sexual offences prevention order (SOPO).
Police then discovered he had accessed more images of child abuse on the internet.
Poyser admitted two offences of breaching a SOPO and a number of offences of possessing and making indecent images of children.
He was jailed for 44 months at Preston Crown Court.
The court heard Poyser had previously been convicted of indecent assault and attempted rape. He had been handed a SOPO in 2008 for possessing indecent images of children.
He acted as a steward at the gay march – a two-day event widely advertised as a family occasion – in June last year.
His involvement at the march was a breach of his SOPO and following his arrest, police discovered the graphic material on his computer. Poyser was granted bail but breached the SOPO a second time in August last year when he approached the young singer having bought her CD, asked her to sign it and later put messages on her Facebook page.
When police interviewed him about the second breach, they found he had acquired a new computer and uncovered other indecent images of children.
John Woodward, defending, said it was more than 15 years since Poyser had committed any indecent assault or sexual assault.
He said: “He is desperate to be the subject of an internet offenders treatment programme.”
Poyser was made the subject of a new SOPO ,which included a ban on him using any device capable of internet access.
He is already on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life and has been banned from working with children.