February 2021

Sunderland sex offender moved in with new partner and her child without revealing his sordid past

A pervert failed to disclose his convictions for sexually assaulting a child and looking at indecent images when he moved in with a mum and her three-year-old.

Callum MacGregor was made subject to tight restrictions as a result of convictions in 2015 for, which he was jailed.

The 24-year-old has to keep the authorities informed about where he is living but when officers turned up to check on him last July, he had abandoned his home in Sunderland

An investigation revealed he had moved to Telford, in Shropshire, with a woman he met online and who had a small child.

Newcastle Crown Court heard MacGregor had told the police in that area that he was living there but was registered as having no fixed address.

Prosecutor Lewis Kerr told the court: “From a point in April he seems to have been living with a female, an adult with whom he was beginning a relationship.

“He explained he had gone to move with her.”

MacGregor told police he had felt “unable to move in if he disclosed his previous convictions”.

Mr Kerr added: “Living in the house with this adult female and the defendant was the adult female’s three-year-old child.”

Mr Kerr said there was no suggestion that the presence of the child was a motive for MacGregor moving in with the woman.

MacGregor, of Claremont Terrace, Sunderland, admitted breach of sexual harm prevention order and notification requirements.

Recorder David Gordon sentenced MacGregor to eight months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, with rehabilitation requirements, 100 hours unpaid work and a four month curfew.

The judge told him: “Officers called to your address expecting to find you there, in order to carry out a home risk assessment and on arrival officers discovered you had not in fact been seen at that address for some considerable time.

“Having been provided with that information, they made a number of inquiries and made telephone contact with you.

“You advised the police in fact you had moved to the Telford area in April 2020.”

The judge added: “This woman was ignorant of your convictions, albeit later you told her about it.”