September 2021

‘Entrenched paedophile’ breached sexual harm prevention order by using Facebook

An “entrenched paedophile” was found to have breached his sexual harm prevention order after social media applications were discovered on his mobile phone.

A sexual harm prevention order was put in place against Steven John Allen at Swansea Crown Court on October 11, 2018, for a period of 10 years

But on August 17 this year police attended Quay House Hostel at the Strand in Swansea city centre where he was living.

His phone was inspected and it was discovered that there was social media applications installed for Facebook and Facebook Messenger under his name contrary to one of the prohibitions that were part of the order made three years ago which stopped him from using, accessing, or creating an account for use on any social networking website or web chat facility.

The 43-year-old, originally from the Liverpool area, claimed that his offender manager had authorised his use of Facebook but quick inquiries proved it to be what Judge Huw Rees described as a “bare-faced lie”.

He was interviewed by police on August 29 and he accepted that he was in breach of the order.

Allen appeared before Swansea Crown Court for sentencing having previously admitted being in breach of a sexual harm prevention order.

The court heard it was his 11th breach of such orders.

Judge Rees, sentencing Allen, said: “You are an entrenched paedophile. On the basis of your antecedents it’s only a matter of time in my judgement before you would offend again.

“It may well be that you have not committed any offences online on this occasion but this is your 11th breach of such orders as well as breaching notification requirements. You are in flagrant breach of this order and you are a persistent offender in terms of breaching these orders.

“It’s imperative that children, and young boys in particular, are protected from your unhealthy interests and you will understand, or should understand, that your sentences, as they have in the past for breaches, will increase incrementally if you carry on offending in this way.

“You pose a very high risk of harm to children. This breach was deliberate and the consequences could have been of the most seriousness.”

Allen was jailed for 46 months. A deprivation order was made in regards to the mobile phone.