July 2013

Sex offender back in court after breaking rules with young boy

CONVICTED sex offender Christopher Radford breached the terms of his bail after being left unsupervised with a young boy.

But Radford faces a wait to discover whether the breach will land him back behind bars after being told he will undergo an assessment by probation workers.

The 31-year-old appeared at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court yesterday for sentencing after previously admitting to two offences of failing to comply with the notification requirements of the Sex Offenders’ Register between August 1 last year and June 6.

The court was told that Radford, of Snow Hill in Shelton, had breached the requirements after moving into an address where a child was living.

Radford had begun a relationship with a woman, who had a son, and later moved into her home where he was left unsupervised with the youngster.

Radford was convicted and jailed in 2010 for causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and a further offence of sexual activity with a child.

Heather Drew, defending, said: “He was in a physical relationship with the adult mother and there is no suggestion of dealings with the child.”

Judge David Fletcher said that Radford had deceived police by continuing to pay rent on his Shelton home to portray he was still living there.

However Judge Fletcher did not impose a custodial sentence and instead agreed that Radford should remain at a bail hostel for four weeks where he will be assessed prior to a return to court.