November 2015

Judge turns down Ipswich sex offender’s appeal over order restricting his access to children

Michael Zablocki

A Judge turns down Ipswich sex offender’s appeal over order restricting his access to children

Michael Zablocki was jailed for 28 months in 2010, when he was 26, after admitting five offences of sexual activity with a child.

Following his sentencing hearing at Ipswich Crown Court during which a judge accused him of “grooming” his teenage victim for sex, her outraged mother claimed his abuse had virtually destroyed her daughter’s life.

At the time she said her daughter was under Zablocki’s “spell” and he had manipulated her feelings to the extent she was distraught he had been jailed.

“I’m angry. I knew something wasn’t right. It’s disgusting. This has changed our lives dramatically. Our lives have been turned upside down and it’s ruined the whole family,” she said Zablocki, who was living in Clapgate Lane, Ipswich, began sexually assaulting the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, when she was 13.

The abuse came to light on New Year’s Eve 2009 when she broke down in tears and revealed to her father what had been going on.

Yesterday Zablocki, now aged 32, returned to Ipswich Crown Court to ask Judge Rupert Overbury, who sentenced him in 2010, to discharge an indefinite sexual offences prevention order (SOPO) which disqualified him from working with children and banned him from being in any dwelling where any child under 18 was present, except for a sibling or his own child, unless another adult was present.

The court heard that his application to discharge the SOPO was supported by the Chief Constable of Suffolk and his public protection officer Jane Corbett.

She told the court that she had carried out an assessment on Zablocki and whereas he had been considered to be at medium risk of reoffending in 2010 he was now deemed to be at low risk.

She said that at the time of the offences Zablocki had been drinking heavily, smoking cannabis and living in a hostel.

He was now living on his own in a flat and during unannounced visits to his home she had never seen any evidence of him drinking or using cannabis.

PC Corbett also said that since his release from prison Zablocki had completed the Thames Valley Sex Offenders’ Treatment Programme and was in a stable relationship with a woman with two adult children,

Judge Overbury expressed concern that the assessment that had been done on Zablocki had only looked at present risk and not future risk and said he wouldn’t discharge the SOPO without hearing the views of the victim, who is now in her 20s.

“Sex offenders are unpredictable whatever lifestyle they want to portray,” he said.

However, he said he was prepared to vary the order so that it expired in April 2020 at the same time as a requirement for Zablocki to sign the sex offenders’ register notifying the police if he changed address and Zablocki said he was happy with that and would not pursue his application for the SOPO to be discharged.

June 2010

Mum’s fury after man’s child sex conviction

A child sex victim’s mother today told of her fury at how an Ipswich man’s abuse has virtually destroyed her daughter’s life.

Michael Zablocki assaulted the teenage girl during a relationship, which the youngster revealed when she broke down on New Year’s Eve and finally admitted to relatives that he had been sexually active with her.

Zablocki, of Clapgate Lane, had groomed the girl so he could have sex with her, although to others he made it appear that they were just friends.

The 26-year-old was given a 28-month prison sentence by Ipswich Crown Court.

The girl’s mother said her daughter was under Zablocki’s spell and he manipulated her feelings to the extent that, even now, she is distraught over his loss of liberty.

The mother said: “I’m angry. I knew something wasn’t right. It’s disgusting. This has changed our lives dramatically. Our lives have been turned upside-down and it’s ruined the whole family. He’s only going to do 14 months in prison. I don’t think it’s long enough.

“My daughter’s studies have suffered. She has panic attacks and is sick every morning. She is upset he has gone to prison. He’s got that sort of hold over her. She’s still finding it very hard at the moment.

“My daughter is still blaming herself, but we are trying to get it into her head that it’s what abusers do. We are trying to get her counselling. Her confidence has been knocked. She’s still got a life, but she can’t see a future.

“My daughter was taken advantage of. It didn’t seem right, but she said he treated her like a sister.

“I was concerned why someone that age wanted to be with a child. I used to stop her trying to see him.

“They said it was like a brother and sister-type relationship, but if he phoned she would jump straight away.

“He would follow her around everywhere. Her life was focused on what he was doing. He could get her to do what he wanted her to do. She used to bunk off school.”

The mother said she was so shocked when her daughter revealed what had been going on that she burst into tears.

After Zablocki’s arrest the mother said she discovered that, at one point during the relationship, the girl had threatened to reveal what was going on if Zablocki continued to be sexually active with her.

Her mother said: “Two years before he was caught my daughter told him to stop otherwise she would either tell me or the police. He turned around and said ‘don’t do that, you know I will be sent to prison and I wouldn’t be able to cope in prison’.

“He (Zablocki) is very clever in a way. In court they said he was lacking in confidence and a shy person, but that’s not the Michael I knew.”