Convicted for Harasing Sex Offender
A father who warned another parent about a convicted paedophile has been fined £1,000 and found guilty of harassing the sex offender.
He was horrified to find his ex-wife’s new husband – stepfather to his daughter, 11 – had served three jail terms for sex crimes.
A reporting restriction imposed to protect the stepfather’s identity means that none of the family members can be named.
One of the stepfather’s sentences was for molesting two 12-year-old girls as they slept at his house.
Attack: The father identified the paedophile to another parent after discovering his criminal record - which included molesting two 12-year-old girls as they slept at his house
A court heard the father raised the alarm after discovering four of his daughter’s friends had been invited to the family home for a sleepover to celebrate her birthday.
When he showed the mother of one girl a newspaper clipping revealing the stepfather’s convictions, all the parents stopped their children going to the sleepover.
Following that action, as well as repeated phone calls to the home of his ex-wife and her husband, the father was arrested and convicted of harassment at Worcester Magistrates Court and fined £1,000.
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The father told the court he spoke out because he would have ‘felt responsible’ if one of the children at the sleepover had been harmed.
He added: ‘My decision was to speak up to one of the parents and leave it up to their discretion.
‘I was concerned for her daughter as I always have been for my own. My daughter is open to quite considerable harm in my eyes.’
Worcester Magistrates' Court: The father was arrested and convicted in the court and fined £1,000
A judge heard how the defendant’s ex-wife began a relationship with the convicted paedophile in 2007 and is now married to him.
The defendant said he initially socialised with his ex-wife and her new partner, but relations soured when he learned of the man’s past.
The stepfather was convicted of attempted rape in 1980 as a teenager. He was convicted of the same offence in 1988 and was jailed again in 1996 for molesting the two girls.
The court heard the defendant had signed a police harassment notice after earlier claims that he may have discussed the stepfather’s past with others.
The notice required him not to reveal the stepfather’s convictions to anyone, including his own daughter.
But he breached the order last September by alerting the other parent. Prosecutor Owen Beale said the father, frustrated at what he saw as decreasing access to his daughter, also called his ex-wife’s home 14 times in two hours one evening the same month, and rang her mobile phone three times.
In one message he said of the stepfather: ‘You are a self-confessed paedophile, rapist, fraudster, the lot... I just want to speak to my daughter.’ In another, he threatened to come ‘round to sort things out once and for all’.
The couple were at home but did not answer the phone. Instead they noted down the content of the messages and informed police.
The father told the court on Thursday that he made the calls as he had been unable to reach his daughter on her mobile because of poor reception in the area where she lives, and did not contact police or social services about the sleepover because he ‘didn’t think they would act quickly enough’.
Mr Beale said of the fact the defendant’s daughter was under the same roof as a convicted sex offender: ‘The authorities were not concerned that there was a risk because they left her there.’
District Judge Mark Layton described the case as ‘hugely difficult’ but said the charges against the father had been proved. He must pay £775 costs and a £15 victim surcharge, and banned from contact with the stepfather.
Oh here in the USA the mother would have been charged with child endangerment, the stepdad could have been thrown back in jail for violating his parole and the father awarded full custody of the girl. Noway would he been fined for harassment. In America if you rape a child you forfeit your rights as a person. They will nail you to a wall so to speak. You can harass a sex offender all you want if a child is potentially in danger! As this child clearly was. Hell we can even make a citizens arrest if we so desired.
It is almost unbelievable that the courts of social services allow this man to live in a home with an 11 year old girl - and what is her mother thinking of?
Sex criminals, especially those involving minors, always re-offend. There is no such thing as am ex-pedophile.
If I was that father I would be opening up a web page and naming this man and to Hell with the Law! A jail sentence would be worth it. Every child in the area where he lives deserves to be protected. Instead the law is protecting the pedophile.
Yes, I was just about to make that point. If in fact he had served three sentences he would have been on licence for any sentence which was longer than 12 months. Also, irrespective of sentence, he would have to sign the sex offenders register. If he's served three sentences for sex offences, the probation Service, MAPP, multi agency planning panel- made up of police, probation, social services and various other agencies would be reviewing this man continuously. There is no way he'd be able to reside with a child. The cild would have been taken into care.
This is just twisted. The sex offender has multiple convictions, serving 3 jail terms for sex crimes. Why would society and the law need to protect his identity? The law should protect society and let everyone know. Leave it to people to assess for themselves if they wish to interact with the person, but do not keep such information from the public. Is the privacy rights of one person more important than the welfare of society or the community? He was a 3 time offender. Like I said, it is just twisted.
They punish the person who warned the parent of one of the friends of his daughter who were going to have a sleepover that a sex offender lives in the home. What do they expect the guy to do? Keep quiet and just hope and pray nothing happened?
I just searched and found it - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article … phile.html
If I was the parent of the girl who was forwarned of the pediphile I would have offered to pay the fine for the man, I would have thought it a small price to pay to have protected my daughter.
I commend you Mr. for having the good sense to warn them, thinking of the child first.
It's pretty sad when a convicted pediphile has rights, that outweigh the safey of a child.
All convicted pediphiles should have to wear a scarlett letter P.
Did you notice in that link, that the man who was fined was not named?
Obviously naming him, would lead to his ex-wife, would lead to her new husband.
The Law has gone mad. I bet that Dad would be proud to be named. If he wants to get in touch, I will name him in one of my blogs. And name the other fella.
I don't live in the UK anymore, they can't touch me.
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