The last chance for sex offender

A SEX offender has been given a last chance after he broke the terms of a strict court order for the second time.

David Short, 41, was ordered not to have any unsupervised contact with anyone under 18 after being slapped with a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) two years ago.

Short was given the SOPO as part of a suspended prison sentence after he admitted sexually assaulting two girls.

The incident came after he plied young girls with drink before kissing one of them and getting the other to give him a lovebite.

He was also put on the Sex Offenders Register, which required him to keep officials up to date about where he was living.

But he found himself back before the court this week for breaching the SOPO after he stayed over one night in a house where there was a child.

He also admitted failing to comply with the notification part of the Sex Offenders Register when he spent seven nights away from his registered address.

Teesside Crown Court heard that Short was given a community order last year for breaching the SOPO when a young girl was at his house.

His suspended sentence was activated in May for failing to comply with the terms of the community order, and he was released at the end of August.

David Crook, prosecuting, said: “He is required under the sex register provisions to notify the relevant persons of any period of seven days where he is resident in an address.

“Clearly this is a serious second breach of the Sexual Offences Prevention Order, but it is right to say nothing untoward occurred, or was likely to have.”

Robin Denny, mitigating, said Short, of Ivanhoe Crescent, Hartlepool, was tackling alcohol problems and had got a job as a joiner.

He said: “He has already been substantially punished for his inability to comply.

“He is really showing signs of getting himself together, and that should be encouraged.”

Recorder David Dobbin said he had been persuaded not to jail Short, but instead gave him a two-year community order with probation and six months of alcohol treatment.

But he said: “You must realise however, you have probably reached the very last chance.

“This is the last chance.”