April 2015

Cleckheaton sex offender used a library computer to search for children online

A sex offender who used a library computer to make Internet searches on children was in breach of a court order.

Tony Spencer, of Westgate in Cleckheaton, was before Kirklees Magistrates’ Court today.

The court heard that the 37-year-old was subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order by a crown court judge in May 2011.

This banned him from accessing online sites relating to children aged under 16.

But he ignored the order while at a library in the town on September 23.

A librarian discovered that Spencer had carried out searches online using the word ‘children’.

District Judge Michael Fanning sentenced him to a 12-month community order with activities specified by probation staff.