May 2021

Paedophile who groomed child ‘wants to start trampoline lessons’

A paedophile who groomed a child wants to start trampolining lessons, a court heard.

Reece Armstrong currently “spends most of his time in his bedroom” at his home, which he shares with his parents.

Liverpool Crown Court was told by his defence barrister the 25-year-old hopes he can begin adult trampolining lessons as one of his interests is gymnastics.

Armstrong was convicted in 2017 for grooming, and then trying to meet up with a child.

He appeared in court today after he stayed in the same home as two young children for over 12 hours, which breached the terms of his Sex Offenders Register requirements.

Zahra Baqri, prosecuting, explained Armstrong was convicted of attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming on November 21, 2017.

She said: “On that date in November he was sentenced to a 36 month community order with other requirements, he was also told to participate with a sex offender programme.

“By virtue of that conviction a notification requirement remained in place for 10 years.”

The notification requirement, commonly known as the Sex Offenders Register, means Armstrong has to inform police if he stays at an address for more than 12 hours where an under 18-year-old also lives.

Ms Baqri explained Armstrong had “been in contact with his ex partner who had two young children to another man”.

She said: “Enquiries reveal he had been staying at the address where she was present together with two young children.”

He was arrested in November 2020 and attended a voluntary interview before pleading guilty at his first court appearance.

Ms Baqri said this is the first breach but added he was aware of his obligations and “deliberately failed to comply”.

Armstrong, of St James Drive, Bootle, admitted breaching the terms of the Sex Offenders Register requirement.

Judge Brian Cummings, QC, sentencing said: “It does say on the document you were given at the time of sentence if you are in any doubt to check with your solicitor or check with police.

“I accept this is a first breach and I accept the circumstances in which it occurred.”

Armstrong was handed an 18 month community order and must complete 25 Rehabilitation Activity Requirements.