November 2017

Sex offender caught creating Facebook profile with false name

A registered sex offender used a false name to create a profile on Facebook.

John Leslie Graham, 28, who was using the name John Taylor in August, was also caught with a mobile phone which he was banned from owning.

He had also failed to disclose a change of address in Stockton in breach of a Sexual Offence’s Prevention Order imposed in 2014 for possession of extreme pornographic images.

Prosecutor Rachel Masters told Teesside Crown Court that when police officers supervising him found the mobile phone at his address Graham tried to put it into his pocket saying “I’m not giving it to you.”

He said that he got it two days before he moved into his new home after splitting with his partner, whose last name he had used on the Facebook profile.

Damian Sabino, defending, said that Graham had been remanded in custody since September 14 and he was vulnerable and a target for bullying.

Recently he had refused to leave his cell for two days because of his fear of being bullied by other prisoners.

Mr Sabino said that the organisation which ran Graham’s accommodation was willing to take him back.

Judge Howard Crowson told Graham, who appeared over a videolink from Durham Jail: “Giving a false name on social media and the fact that you concealed a mobile phone is a matter of some concern.

The judge added: “I hope that this will be a lesson to you that there is no advantage in concealing information from your supervising officers.”

Graham, of Hartington Road, central Stockton, was jailed for six months after he pleaded guilty to three breaches of the SOPO in August and September.