May 2016

Child sex offender jailed after secretly dating single mum and meeting her kids

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A CHILD sex offender has been jailed after duping a Birmingham single mum into starting a relationship and spending Christmas Day with her and her children.

The victim only discovered the truth about Michael Preece when she posted she was ‘in a relationship’ on Facebook – and received a message tipping her off about his abuse conviction.

Preece, 39, of Aldridge Road, Perry Barr, was jailed for eight months after previously admitted breaching a sexual offences prevention order.

In August 2010 the former pub DJ was convicted of sexual activity with a child and jailed for seven years.

He was also handed a sexual offences prevention order banning him from having any contact with children without written permission.

Last December he started a relationship with a woman, who had previously known him as a pub DJ, after he contacted her via Facebook.

Preece told her he had served a prison sentence but claimed it was for assaulting a friend.

He later visited the woman’s home over Christmas, when children had been present, in contravention of the order.

Lal Amarasinghe, prosecuting at Birmingham Crown Court, said the woman discovered the real reason Preece had been in prison when she up-dated her Facebook status.

She contacted the police immediately and in a statement said she felt “betrayed and duped.”

In passing sentence Judge Nicholas Dean QC said he accepted Preece had not deliberately manipulated a situation where he could be with children.

But he added: “It is clear to me you have not taken full account of the seriousness of the existence of the sexual offences prevention order and that you have a tendency to minimise your behaviour.”