Flintshire man jailed for breaching sexual harm prevention order

A Flintshire man breached his sexual harm prevention order by deleting his internet history after watching pornography, a court heard.

Jacob Paul Butler, of Coast Road in Mostyn, appeared at Caernarfon Crown Court on Thursday for sentencing.

The 22-year-old was made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order (SHPO) in 2019.

Prior to his sentencing this week, he had already admitted breaching the SHPO between December 17, 2020, and January 14 this year.

Richard Edwards, prosecuting, told the court that Butler had bought a new phone in mid-December.

An app allowing his offender manager to monitor his use of the device was installed.

But officers noticed a week into January that the phone hadn’t been used online since before the New Year.

They checked the phone and found the monitoring app’s settings had been changed.

Initially he denied having tampered with it, but later admitted he’d used the phone to watch pornography and then deleted the history.

He said he’d deleted the history as he was ashamed of how much of the material he’d been viewing.

The court heard he has previously breached SHPOs numerous times and has 25 offences from eight convictions – including several sex offences involving children.

Judge Nicola Jones told Butler: “There was a prohibition that you not delete the internet history – you were well aware of that.

“You denied tampering with the device and then admitted it.”

He received a two year custodial sentence.