A persistent sex offender has been jailed for more than three years for breaching court orders aimed at preventing him causing more harm to children.
Robin Jackson tried to view pornography in Hartlepool library, went to a beach known as a pick-up point for homosexual sex, and bought a mobile phone to look at pornography.
All of which he was banned from doing, Teesside Crown Court heard.
“The defendant is the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order,” said Rachel Masters, prosecuting.
“He approached staff at Hartlepool library, declared his status, and was allowed to join. Another library user later reported concerns over the use of one of the library’s computer terminals.
“An investigation found Jackson had been trying to view pornography on the computer, which was checked out to him at the time.”
The court was told police called at Jackson’s address in Hartlepool, but he was not in.
“He was found a short time later on the beach at Seaton Carew,” added Ms Masters. "It is a well-known cruising spot.
“When police found him, Jackson was in shorts with no other clothing on his torso.
“He conceded to the officer he has a sexual interest in boys over 13, and would have taken part in a sexual encounter with a 15-year-old boy had the opportunity presented itself.
“Jackson also admitted he had bought a mobile phone for £24 from Argos to access pornography.
“He is banned from all those actions by the Sexual Offences Prevention Order.”
The court heard Jackson has 18 previous convictions for sexual offences dating back to 1975.
Jackson, 62, of Uppingham Street, Hartlepool, admitted three breaches of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.
Rachel Dyson, defending, said in mitigation: “He is a lonely and isolated man, frustrated by his lack of prospects in life.
“He sees his inappropriate sexual thoughts as an addiction, and wants to be free of them.
“Mr Jackson hates being a sex offender.”
Judge Stephen Ashurst jailed Jackson for three years and four months.
The judge told him: “Your sexual offending spans 30 years.
“From the 1970s you persistently exposed yourself in public, from the 1990s to the 2000s you indecently assaulted boys, and you’ve been downloading indecent images from the internet for 20 years.
“During that time, you have proved yourself resistant to court orders, and resistant to the wide range of help made available to you.
“You are a lonely man, but also an obsessive and dangerous man, you are a sexual predator.
“It is my conclusion that your case cannot be safely managed in the community, so there is no alternative to a custodial sentence.”