A SEX offender who was ordered to stay away from children has been jailed after having contact with five youngsters.
Paul Jones, 33, sat a small girl on his knee and texted a 12-year-old girl at 3am when he called her “babe”.
Jones had been slapped with a seven-year Sexual Offences Prevention order after he was jailed in 2008 for indecently touching a young girl.
But he ignored the order on numerous occasions by mixing with the children, including allowing some into his house.
When police investigated Jones’s behaviour they discovered a number of indecent images of children he had downloaded off the internet.
The area’s top judge, Simon Bourne-Arton, jailed Jones for three years and nine months for his “flagrant” breaches and said he posed a danger to the public, particularly to parents with children.
Harry Hadfield, prosecuting, told how Jones visited houses where the children lived on a number of occasions.
Referring to contacting one girl by mobile phone, Mr Hadfield said: “He sent her text messages even though she told him not to. He called the child babe despite her telling him not to.”
When Jones’s Blackberry phone was examined, police found 22 indecent images of children that were on the lowest level of explicitness.
He also admitted downloading 90 other images of children from the internet on another mobile phone.
Mr Hadfield said Jones also held a baby when other adults were present and two girls had been to his house.
Jones, of Brenda Road, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to five counts of breaching a sexual offences prevention order as well as making indecent images of children and possessing indecent images.
He was found guilty of sexual activity with a girl under 16 at Teesside Crown Court in April 2008 and jailed for three years.
Peter Wishlade, mitigating on the new offences, said: “He has attended houses where there has been children, but no harm has been occasioned to anybody.
“He pleaded guilty at the first available opportunity and accepts he’s going to be punished.”
Judge Bourne-Arton said: “Within you there is no obvious desire to change, no obvious desire to improve, no obvious desire to stop and cease the activity which clearly you enjoy.
“These were flagrant breaches of the order.”
They were repeated and deliberate.
“They were aimed at your sexual gratification and I’m satisfied you pose a risk to the public, those with children aged 16 and under.”