A CHILD sex offender has appeared at court to be re-sentenced after crimes he’d previously committed against children came to light.
Convicted sex offender Alan Hawkins was jailed for three years in March after being caught with sickening child porn just a week after being released back onto the streets after serving time for previous sex offences.
However, at the time of his sentencing, Judge James Goss had not been aware of the extent of his previous offending, which included the indecent assault of a schoolgirl in 1997.
After being made aware of the 48-year-old’s disturbing record, Judge Goss ordered the case to be re-listed.
Calling Hawkins a “serious risk to small children”, Judge Goss added a four-year extension licence on to the three years custody, meaning that he will be closely monitored for that period after he is released.
Newcastle Crown Court heard that Hawkins had served 18 months in prison for the assault of a female under the age of 14, which had not previously been taken into account at the sentencing last month.
In 2008 he received a five-year prison term for distributing child pornography.
Hawkins was released from this sentence on January 10 last year.
But only seven days later, staff at the hostel he was staying at in Pennywell, Sunderland, found a mobile phone containing images of youngsters being abused.
He pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent photographs of children and one count of possessing indecent photographs of children.
Peter Schofield, defending, said: “He’s an individual who clearly has a problem that needs to be addressed.”
To which Judge Goss replied that previous orders had been made but Hawkins still “retains an unhealthy interest in child pornography.”
Mr Schofield continued: “The history, whilst giving some concern, isn’t the worst case to come before these courts.
“There’s been a 15 to 16-year gap since the last assault. There has been no suggestion of him engaging in that activity again.”
Judge Goss said: “On March 11 this year, I sentenced you to three years’ imprisonment for making and possession of indecent images of a child.
“At that hearing I was misled into thinking that you didn’t have any previous convictions when in fact you do.
“I ordered that this case should be re-listed.
“In 1997 you were convicted of the indecent assault of a female under 14.
“These recent offences are part of an established pattern of sexual offending which has remained untreated.
“You take great risks in order to offend. I am satisfied there is a strong risk of serious harm to the public, namely small children, for further offences.”