March 2013

Thornaby pervert Brian McLaren jailed for breaking order

A PAEDOPHILE has been jailed for repeatedly breaking an order banning him from having contact with children.

Police found Brian McLaren, 47, from Thornaby, had allowed two girls, aged nine and 10, and a lad of 17 to visit his flat.

In February 2009 he had been jailed for 13 months for sexually assaulting a nine-year-old girl, and he was given a 10-year ban by a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) on having contact with children under 18.

Prosecutor Sharon Elves told Teesside Crown Court that on August 15 last year Cleveland Police received a report that a girl, 10, had been with him on a number of occasions. She and an adult sister were interviewed.

Their mother told officers that she was aware of the SOPO but she thought that it only banned unsupervised contact. She thought it was allowed if she was there.

The elder sister said that they had visited him three or four times a week, and she said that she was also aware that he was subject to the SOPO.

McLaren was arrested and admitted the offences involving the youngster. He told officers that he had also breached his order in relation to another girl aged nine.

The girl’s mother said that she took her to his flat on about four occasions in four weeks, and a 17-year-old youth said that he had been inside McLaren’s home on two occasions.

Miss Elves added: “The Crown say that there was an obvious risk to these children and there were three identifiable potential victims.

“But there was no evidence that anyone had been sexually approached.”

Robert Mochrie, defending, told the judge: “He accepts that he should not have had any contact with those youngsters, and he accepts that he will be receiving a custodial sentence today. I do not seek to persuade you to act otherwise.”

He added: “There was no sexual grooming or anything of that nature going on.”

Judge Tony Briggs jailed McLaren, of Butterworth House, Master Road, for eight months. The SOPO will continue until 2019 after he pleaded guilty to eight breaches of the order.