February 2021

Northumberland sex offender jailed after concealing criminal past and meeting South Tyneside woman and child

A sex offender who went on a daytrip with a mother and child while keeping his sickening past a secret has been put behind bars.

David Young started a relationship with the mum, from South Tyneside, online and revealed nothing about the 40-month jail term he served in 2013 for three offences of engaging in sexual activity with a child and two of assault.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the 32-year-old, who is on the sex offenders register for life, went on a fishing and park trip with the mum and child last summer.

But before a second trip that had been arranged could take place, the woman found out the truth about his shocking past and told the police

The mum said in a statement: “I am completely shocked after finding out about his past, especially as he had been in contact with my child.

“I was sick at finding out about it.

“I felt I was used by him so he could get access to my child.

“I also feel scared now as he knows where I live and work. I am anxious he will try and find me if he’s released.”

Young, of Elliott Street, Blyth, admitted breach of a sexual harm prevention order.

He also admitted breach of sex offender registration requirements by failing to disclose a change of address within the required time.

At the time of the offences he was on a suspended sentence for a previous breach of the sexual harm prevention order by talking to an underage girl.

Judge Tim Gittins sentenced Young to 28 months behind bars and said the mum was left “sickened”.

The judge told him: “You engaged in a relationship with a lady that was based on you not telling her the truth about your circumstances.

“Despite the clear prohibitions for you to be in contact with any children, male or female, by virtue of the sexual harm prevention order, you took her and her child on a fishing trip and planned another but she became aware of the true position and your history.

“She was obviously deeply distressed, not least because of the fear of what you might have done towards her child.”