December 2012

Paedophile breached order by staying with his new girlfriend

A PAEDOPHILE breached the terms of his sexual offences order after repeatedly staying over at the home of a woman he met on an internet dating site.

In April 2009 Jonathon Treharne was jailed for 12 months after he admitted taking pictures of two young girls getting changed in a supermarket.

In that incident he leant over the top of a changing room cubicle and took pictures. The girls’ mother confronted him and he told her he had deleted the pictures.

When police then searched his computer they found a series of indecent images of children and he was sentenced to 16 counts of possessing indecent images of children.

He was released from prison in November 2009 and the following year, in October 2010, he started a relationship with a Llanelli mum-of-two and went on to stay at her home a total of 37 times within one year.

He is only allowed to stay at a house which is not his address seven times a year under the terms of his release.

John Lloyd, prosecuting at Swansea Crown Court, said Treharne, of New Dock Road, Llanelli, and the woman, who cannot be identified, had a “happy” relationship.

The woman said her children “thought the world” of Treharne “because of the way he treats (me) and loves me”.

But Mr Lloyd said she was unaware he had previous convictions and did not know about the terms of his licence which prevented unsupervised contact with children.

When he was asked by police officers who were monitoring his licence if he had started any relationship, he told them he had, but gave them a false name and said she did not have children.

He later pleaded guilty to breaching the conditions of his licence by possessing a camera, staying at the woman’s house and lying to the police.

John Allchurch, representing Treharne, 38, said: “All that happened here is that the defendant has had what amounts to a normal relationship with an adult female. “He hasn’t committed any further offences other than the breach of the order,” Mr Allchurch added.

He said the relationship had “flourished” during the time the couple were together.

“He provided love, attention and care for her. He also provided practical help to her,” said Mr Allchurch.

Her statement to police read: “Jonathon meant the world to me, he was kind, caring and very loving.”

Mr Allchurch said: “The only motive he had was to have a relationship. The reason he didn’t tell her was that he couldn’t bring himself to tell her about his background and his previous convictions. He was concerned she would realise everything wasn’t what she thought it was.”

He said Treharne’s former partner “hadn’t abandoned him” since his arrest for these latest matters and had written 20 letters to him.

Judge Paul Thomas said Treharne had shown a “willful disregard” for the order and that the breaches had been “deliberate and persistent”.

He added that Treharne had misled police and placed children at risk because “you’re incapable of exercising restraint in these matters”.

Treharne was sentenced to nine months in prison and told he would now be subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order and have to sign the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.