Convicted pervert jailed after being found alone with boy in Hartlepool

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A CONVICTED sex offender was jailed after breaching court orders designed to protect children from him.

David Short, 43, is banned from having contact with youngsters until 2016 but he breached the order in 2010, 2011 and then earlier this year.

In May he was found alone with a boy at a house in Hartlepool, Teesside Crown Court was told.

Short was given the court orders in July 2009 when he was convicted of a sexual assault on an under-age girl who had been drinking with him at a house.

Prosecutor Emma Atkinson said Short failed to notify police of his new address, and in May and July he was found in a house with the boy.

Jim Withyman, defending, said that there was no allegation of sexual grooming of the boy or any sexual assault by Short.

Mr Withyman said: “The original offence happened when he developed a drink problem.

“The sexual assault was on a young girl who was inebriated with him.

“He has not taken the order as seriously as he should because he is in drink much of the time.

“He met a woman who has more money than he has and she was buying drink for him and allowing him to stay at her home.”

Mr Withyman said that doctors had now told Short that he risked death from liver failure if he continued to drink to excess.

He also told the court said that Short was now living with his parents and he had been working for most of his life.

The judge told Short that he had not taken advantage of the court orders given to him previously.

Judge Michael Taylor told him: “You know that courts have warned you in the past that if you breached the orders you would be in trouble.

“When courts impose orders they have got to be obeyed, and the time has come when you have got to pay the penalty.”

Short, of Oxford Road, Hartlepool, was jailed for six months after he pleaded guilty to failing to notify his address.

He also pleaded guilty to two breaches of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order banning him from contact with children.

The judge told him that the Prevention Order would continue to run until 2016.