August 2019

Police catch pervert after being sent photo of him on day out with mum and child at North Staffordshire beauty spot

Pervert Dean Hearson has been jailed after he breached a court order which prevents him having unsupervised contact with children.

The 50-year-old was sentenced to an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) last year after failing to comply with the notification requirements of the sex offenders’ register.

One of the conditions of the order is that the defendant is not allowed to have unsupervised contact with children.

But Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard he breached the order by meeting a woman and her child – without the approval of social services – on April 22 and May 19.

Now Hearson has been jailed for three months.

Prosecutor David James said the police received a photograph of the defendant with a child at Tittesworth Reservoir on May 19.

Mr James said: “Police arrested the defendant and seized his phone. They found various pictures on the phone which related to him being at Matlock Baths with the same child.

“The breach was because there must be no unsupervised contact. It has to be authorised by social services.

“The child’s mother made it clear she had arranged to meet the defendant.

“There was no suggestion of any inappropriate sexual activity with the child.”

Judge Paul Glenn said: “The contact with the child was supervised on both occasions. You were with other adults, in particular, the child’s mother.

“The supervisor had to be assessed as suitable by social services.

June 2018

Convicted sex offender, 49, caught sleeping in same motorhome as a schoolboy… now he’s been jailed

Pervert Dean Hearson has been jailed after he slept in the same motorhome as a teenage boy.

The 49-year-old was placed on the sex offenders’ register after he was convicted of making indecent images of children.

He was made subject to notification requirements which included him not being allowed to stay in a household for more than 12 hours where a child was living.

The defendant also had to notify the police of any changes of his name or address and any bank accounts or credit cards he had.

But Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard the defendant breached the requirements by:

  • sleeping in the same motorhome as a schoolboy;

  • using a false name of Dean Clayton to obtain a pass for an event and;

  • being in possession of several credit cards and failing to inform the police he had a Lloyds Bank account.

Now Hearson has been jailed for 12 months.

Prosecutor Hunter Gray said the defendant was made the subject of a three-year community order in 2013 after being caught with child abuse images.

But the defendant began associating with a schoolboy in September and by March and April he was spending weekends in a motor home with him.

Mr Gray said: “The boy’s mother was aware of the arrangements. She believed they were sleeping in separate beds but she was unaware of his previous convictions.

“He stayed overnight for a number of weekends for about a month prior to his arrest.

“The police began to investigate and discovered he had obtained a pass with the name Dean Clayton. The boy knew him by that name.

“They searched his address and found a number of bank cards and credit cards. He had failed to inform the police of a Lloyds Bank account in his own name.”

Hearson, of Cranberry, Cotes Heath, pleaded guilty to three offences of failing to comply with the notification requirements of the sex offenders’ register.

July 2014

A man on the Sex Offenders’ Register who failed to notify police of his new passport details and he was travelling to Philadelphia has been fined.

Dean Hearson, aged 45, formerly of Knypersley and now living in Nottingham, pleaded guilty to two offences of failing to comply with the notification requirements of the register in May.

The defendant was fined £550 at North Staffordshire Justice Centre and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £55 victim surcharge.

June 2013

Pervert’s messages on phone of boy, 12

PERVERT Dean Hearson has been spared jail – despite downloading hundreds of indecent images of children.

Police raided Hearson’s home after the father of a 12-year-old boy became concerned when he read messages on the boy’s phone.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court yesterday heard Hearson formed a relationship with the schoolboy and his family through their mutual interest in motorcycling. He contacted them via Facebook and visited them at their home.

But he went on to ask the lad if he was gay, which led to the police being contacted.

Prosecutor Heather Chamberlin said officers recovered a number of devices at Hearson’s home in Park Lane, Knypersley, on October 5, 2011 but only one was found to contain child porn.

An analysis of the computer showed 14 indecent images were downloaded between October 1 and 4, 2011. Of those, four were at level one – the least serious – two at level two; two at level three; and six at level four.

Miss Chamberlin said the images could have been re-accessed. She added that a further 770 images were recovered. Of those 166 were at level one; 392 at level two; 51 at level three; 166 at level four and 11 at level five – the most serious.

In his first police interview, before the computer was analysed, Hearson said he was trying to be helpful to the child and stated he had no sexual interest in young boys.

He denied there was anything related to child pornography on his computer.

But the computer analysis showed Hearson had searched for pornography from a number of sites.

And the children were aged about 12 to 17.

After the analysis, Hearson could not account for the images and maintained he was not interested in indecent images of boys. But Hearson, aged 44, later pleaded guilty to five charges of making indecent photos of children.

Anis Ali, mitigating, said the defendant, now of Radford Bridge Road, Nottingham, accepted responsibility for the 784 images.

Mr Ali said: “He has a self-expressed interest in pornography. These were speculative searches, curiosity having got the better of him.”

Judge David Fletcher sentenced Hearson to a three-year community order with supervision.

He must also complete an internet sex offenders’ group work programme and 120 hours unpaid work. He will also be on the sex offenders’ register for seven years.