April 2019

Abergele paedophile jailed for returning his mobile phone to factory settings

A convicted sex offender is back behind bars for resetting his mobile phone after texting several women and a teenage girl.

Michael Woodward from near Abergele was jailed for five years in 2014 for inciting underage girls to engage in sexual activity.

He admitted breaching an indefinite sexual harm prevention order (SHPO) handed to him when he was imprisoned.

The order prevented the 34-year-old, of Cae Glas, Llanfair TH from deleting the browsing history of any internet connected device he owned. He was expected to make devices available to police officers on request.

When North Wales Police made an unannounced visit to his home on February 18, Woodward handed over a mobile phone and officers found he had reset it to its factory settings.

Richard Edwards, prosecuting, said Woodward told the officers he had planned to sell the phone and buy a new one.

But it later emerged he had been sending text messages to several females and one of these was found to be a teenager aged 16.

Had the police not intervened it was likely Woodward would have attempted to arrange a meeting with the teenager the court heard.

Mr Edwards said these messages were found on a non-internet connected phone.

Woodward was released from prison in June 2016 but recalled a month later after he was found to have breached the SHPO by surreptitiously buying a second mobile phone, he added.

Woodward had a previous conviction for similar offences from 2006 when he was handed a community order said Mr Edwards.

Jailing him for 10 months Judge Huw Rees said he had choices to make in his life.