November 2014

‘High-risk’ sex offender faces jail for third breach

A “high risk” sex offender is facing jail after turning up at a Mormon church ceilidh where children were present.

Jon Coltart — who has previous convictions “of a sexual nature” — was put on a strict court order in 2010, banning him from any contact with children under the age of 16.

He was also banned from loitering within 25 metres of any public place, playground or other area which is likely to attract children.

But in December last year Coltart and his partner were approached by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

He and his partner then attended a service and were invited to a ceilidh. The pair turned up and partied into the evening, despite around 20 children being present.

Coltart could now face a lengthy jail term for breaching his order — the third time he has done so.

Depute f iscal Beverly Adam told Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court: “His previous convictions are of a sexual nature.

“He’s managed by Police Scotland’s offender management unit as a high-risk sex offender and is registered until April 2016.

“In November 2010 a sexual offences prevention order was granted with conditions attached.

“In December 2013 the accused and his partner were approached by two sisters of the Church of Latter-Day Saints.

“The conversation led to them attending for a service. They were advised of a church ceilidh and all church members would be attending. “The church were unaware of his registration status.

“They went to the locus and he was seen to enter the main hall, where 100 people

“What he should have done, when he got there and there were children present, was turned and left.”

Young people were present including 20 children under the age of 16. A congregation member later approached the bishop of the church and told him of the accused’s status.

“His partner had advised the member that the accused shouldn’t be there.”

Coltart, 31, of James Street in Dunfermline, pleaded guilty on indictment to breaching a sexual offences prevention order.

Yvonne McKenna, defending, said: “He and his partner were approached by members of the Mormon church and he went along to support his partner.

“He’s visited regularly by a detective and says he spoke to him about going to the church and was given permission to go.

“This ceilidh was held and the social event was obviously different. There’s no suggestion of any deliberate contact with children.

“What he should have done, when he got there and there were children present, was turned and left. There’s no evidence he even spoke with or made any deliberate contact with children.”

Sheriff James Williamson deferred sentence for social work background reports until next month and released Coltart on bail.

He said: “You have an unfortunate record and this is the third breach of an order.”