July 2015

Vicar’s refusal as convicted sex offender targets school

A paedophile tried to use a vicar to infiltrate a Sunday School event where young girls were due to attend, a court was told.

Desmond Boylan asked the vicar of Holy Trinity Church and St Peter’s Church, the Rev Tracy Charnock, to allow him to help at the school’s presentation event.

He confessed to the vicar that he had conviction for sex offences involving children and asked her to write a letter asking for the terms of the Sex Offenders prevention Order to be changed, which she refused to do.

Blackpool Magistrates heard how by hanging around St Peter’s Church on Lytham Road he was in breach of the SOPO which forbids him from going within 200 metres of any school or nursery.

Boyland of Bolton Street, Blackpool, admitted breaching his SOPO imposed at Preston Crown Court, when he was convicted of trying to groom a 15-year-old girl on the internet.

Magistrates sent him for sentence at Preston Crown Court where he will appear on August 19. He was remanded in custody.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said: “The SOPO was imposed in 2011 for 10 years. Since then he has been seen entering a prohibited area next to the Village Nursery on Lytham Road.

“He has also become involved in the church attending a soup kitchen and helping the homeless.

“However he has also asked the vicar if he can attend the Sunday School event where girls between three and 16 attend.

“The vicar said no but he asked her again.” Martin Hillson, defending, said: “There is no evidence he spoke to anyone at the nursery or spoke to them.”