September 2017

Convicted sex offender jailed after changing his name from Frank to Mohammed

A convicted sex offender has been jailed after changing his name from Frank to Mohammed — then joining a mosque which teaches young children.

Frank Crampsey started attending the Blackburn mosque daily after volunteering at a family fun day to celebrate Eid in July.

But unknown to worshippers there, the convicted paedophile was subject to a strict court order preventing him from coming into contact with children, Preston Crown Court heard.

The 60-year-old, who lived in Earby before moving to Blackburn, was welcomed by members and given a £50 prize for his work handing out leaflets and picking up litter at Corporation Park’s Eid in the Park.

The Whalley New Road mosque, which has its own ‘madrassa’ which teaches children about Islam, even funded a deposit on a new home for Crampsey when he told them he had fallen on hard times.

But Crampsey, who been jailed before for sex offences against young boys, did not reveal his past, or that he was banned from entering any educational establishment under the terms of a court order.

When mosque member Ashbad Ahmed, who had taken Crampsey under his wing learned he was a convicted paedophile with a history of breaching court orders, he was shaken and taken aback, Preston Crown Court heard.

Crampsey, of no fixed address, had said he was lonely and in poverty when he attended the mosque.

Francis McEntee, prosecuting, told the court it was the fifth time Crampsey has breached the terms of the Sexual Offenders Prevention Order, which was made in 2006 in respect of convictions dating back to 2001.

Last year he was sentenced for breaching the order when he visited a woman with children aged 13 and nine regularly, along with the children’s grandfather.

When officers visited him for routine monitoring on July 31 this year, Crampsey said he had been spending time at the mosque.

Police spoke then to Mr Ahmed, who said he was not aware of any contact with children at the Darussalam Education Centre, but revealed Crampsey had not been monitored at all times.

Mark Stewart, defending, said: “This mosque knew he was called Frank, but he asked to be called ‘Mohammed’ because he thought it was inappropriate he was called Frank.”

Crampsey pleaded guilty to breaching the terms of the order.

Jailing him for five months, Judge Simon Newell, said: “For more than 10 years now you know you have been subject to this order.

“You know the terms of the order you are subject to and you know the reasons why.“

May 2016

Blackpool pervert jailed for breaches

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A convicted sex offender breached his sexual offences prevention order by repeatedly visiting a family with young children in Blackpool, a court has been told.

Frank McCrossan Crampsey, 59, of Johnston Street, Blackburn, would accompany his friend to see his daughter – who has two children aged five and 12 – in the resort.

He was jailed for three years in 2001 for a string of indecent assaults and was later given the order in 2006, stipulating no contact with children under 16.

He was returned to prison by Judge Stuart Baker, who jailed him for eight months and ordered him to pay a £100 victim surcharge.

Preston Crown Court heard Crampsey was questioned after returning from a trip to Blackpool on March last year because he was supposed to notify officers of his whereabouts.

Stephen Parker, prosecuting, said: “When he returned to his home address he was visited by police. The officers asked him for his mobile phone and on the screensaver was a picture of children.

“It would appear they were the grandchildren of a friend of his he had been to visit in Blackpool and further inquiries revealed police to speak to that friend’s daughter.

“She says she’s known the defendant for about 16 years because he was a friend of her fathers’.

“She was not aware of a previous conviction, was not aware he was on notification requirements. She knew from her own father he had been in trouble but nothing more than that.

“She says her dad often comes to visit her once a month and more often than not the defendant comes to visit her with her father. He has been at other occasions such as Easter and Christmas visiting her 12 to 15 times each year. That puts him in breach because she had two children aged 12 and five. The defendant accepts from the inception of his SOPO he has visited her.

“He made admissions he was aware of the restrictions and thinks he had told her about it.”

The court heard he has previously breached the order.