Sex pest did not tell police of home move

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A convicted sex offender who did not tell the police where he was living has avoided a prison sentence.

Gary Croft called both his mother and wife liars when they told officers where he had been staying.

Croft, 64, formerly of Kilgrimol Gardens, St Annes, who gave his new address as Park View Court, South Shore, pleaded guilty to failing to notify police of his address.

He was sentenced to do 150 hours’ unpaid work for the community, and ordered to pay £85 costs plus £60 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Jeff Brailsford, at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Croft was convicted of voyeurism and sentenced to a suspended jail sentence in November 2008. He was put on the Sex Offender’s Register for seven years and required to tell police where he was living.

On August 30, police officers from the sex offenders’ unit at Preston went to check on Croft at the address he had given them at Kilgrimol Gardens.

Croft’s wife told officers he had moved to his mother’s house two-a-half weeks previously.

As officers were leaving, Croft turned up and became evasive when asked where he was living.

When interviewed, he said his wife was not correct and he had not spent more than three days away from the marital home.

He also said his mother was a liar when she told police her son had stayed at her home for three to four weeks.

Ashley Fisher, defending, said Croft’s marriage was breaking down, and when things got difficult he went to stay with his mother.

He did not initially notify police, because he had hoped for a reconciliation with his wife.