January 2019

Sex offender back behind bars after breaching court order

MORE than two years after he had been jailed, a Rugby man said to have had ‘an unhealthy interest in young girls’ renewed contact with one of his victims – in breach of a court order.

And a judge at Warwick Crown Court heard 25-year-old Joshua Ashby also breached the terms of his sex offender registration by staying at the home of a woman with two young daughters.

Ashby. of Newland Street, was jailed for 25 months after pleading guilty to breaching a sexual harm prevention order and failing to comply with his sex offender registration.

Both orders had been imposed in October 2015 when Ashby was jailed for 18 months after pleading guilty to four offences of inciting teenage girls to engage in sexual activity.

When sentenced in 2015, a restraining order was imposed banning him from having any contact with either girl.

But prosecutor Ian Windridge said that in January last year Ashby contacted his first victim, now aged 20, in breach of that order, telling her: “Hey, how are you hun? I’m sorry for everything I’ve done to you.”

He then began sending her messages virtually every day, asking her where she was living now , what bra size she was, and for a naked photo and sexually explicit video.

Mr Windridge said the young woman eventually contacted the police.

As a result of the 2015 sentence, Ashby had to register as a sex offender – which had a number of requirements, including one that he notify the police if he was spending 12 hours or more at an address where any person under 18 was staying.

But in September last year he formed a relationship with a woman who had two daughters aged eight and 15, and, without revealing his conviction to her, began staying overnight at her home on a regular basis.

And in November, at a time when a 16-year-old girl was also staying at the address, he spent a whole weekend there without notifying the police.

The mother discovered his conviction when she carried out an internet search on him. She immediately contacted police.

When he was arrested, Ashby admitted that breach, but claimed he did not recall the girl had been included in the terms of the sexual harm prevention order.

August 2015

Sex offender banned from going within 100 metres of school

A pervert with an interest in young girls’ has led to a young Rugby man to be been banned from going within 100 metres of a Rugby school after persuading a 14-year-old to perform sex acts.

Joshua Ashby had earlier pleaded not guilty at Warwick Crown Court to meeting the girl in 2012 following sexual grooming.

Ashby, 22, of Castle Coombe, Rugby, also denied two charges of attempting to meet another 14-year-old last year and a 15-year-old girl in 2013 following grooming.

His case had been adjourned for trial, but was listed again at Coventry Crown Court where prosecutor Glyn Samuel said the case had been reviewed.

Mr Samuel asked for four charges of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity to be added to the indictment, to which Ashby then pleaded guilty.

The charges related to acts he had asked the two-14-year-olds to record themselves performing over the internet.

Told by Mr Samuel that the prosecution would not seek a trial on the original charges, Judge Philip Gregory observed: “He is someone, on his own admission, with an unhealthy interest in young girls.”

Colin Charvill, defending, asked for the case to be adjourned for a pre-sentence report and also a psychiatric report.

He pointed out that Ashby had recently been referred to the psychiatric services in Rugby with whom he has an assessment appointment later this month.

Judge Gregory agreed, but told Ashby: “You have pleaded guilty to very serious offences, which means you are in very serious trouble.”

He granted Ashby bail with conditions that he does not have any contact with his victims, does not have any unsupervised contact with any child under the age of 16 and does not go within 100 metres of a named Rugby secondary school.

And as well as ordering him to register with the police as a sex offender, the judge made Ashby subject to a sexual harm prevention order with conditions restricting his contact with children indefinitely.