August 2019

Paedophile who wormed way into family home walks free because of sick dad

paedophile wormed his way into a young mum’s family home after failing to reveal he was a sex offender.

Leon Single lavished gifts on the woman and her two children, including paying for her daughter’s birthday party

She ended up leaving the predator alone with her little boy and girl when she went to a hospital appointment.

But the mum was totally unaware that he had previously been jailed for six years for molesting two small children.

And she only discovered his dark secret when police happened to stop his car and found her young family inside.

Single today walked free from Liverpool Crown Court – because of the impact jailing him would have on his sick dad.

The 47-year-old, of Greenville Drive, Maghull, was locked up in 2007 for sexually assaulting a girl, aged three, and boy, aged four.

The ex-Leasowe youth club worker was convicted after a trial and told to sign on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

Single, from Rock Ferry, received an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SOPO) banning him from being in the company of children under 16.

It also prevented him having any access to minors unless supervised by a relevant professional fully aware of his convictions.

Jamie Baxter, prosecuting, said Single was driving along Dunnings Bridge Road towards Netherton on July 26 this year.

A police officer stopped his car because he thought Single was driving too fast and had a cracked windscreen.

Single got out and was described as “looking a little shaken or nervous”, which the officer thought was normal.

However, after he carried out standard checks on the car, he checked Single’s name, which flagged up the SOPO.

Single confessed the mum was not aware of his convictions, but claimed she was a ‘friend’ he was doing a favour by giving a lift.

The woman revealed Single took them to Monkey Forest in Stoke on July 22 and to the Lake District on July 23.

She said he offered to mind her children at her home when she went to hospital on July 24 and did for four hours.

He returned on July 25 for coffee and, having bought her a dress that was too big, arranged to take it back to Cheshire Oaks.

Mr Baxter said: “He bought her a number of gifts. She says he also paid for her daughter’s birthday party.”

He added on one occasion he let himself into her home, “the inference being he probably had a key”.

The mum said when police stopped his car, Single said: “I’m so sorry, I f***ed up, I’m done for now.”

She told the court: “When I initially was told he was a registered sex offender I was devastated by the news. I feel like I’ve failed my kids.”

Mr Baxter said the mum described being “disgusted” at herself for letting the situation happen.

Single, who admitted four breaches of his SOPO, has two convictions for six offences, including blackmail in 1992.

He was convicted of five sexual offences in 2007, after warning the little girl he abused that monsters would get her if she told anyone

Mr Baxter said prosecutors didn’t accept Single’s claim in a pre-sentence report that he didn’t realise the SOPO was still in force.

Judge Sophie McKone told Single he “knew full well” he was subject to the SOPO and wasn’t to have any contact with children.

She said: “In my view you blatantly disregarded that order so you could begin a friendship with her that quickly developed into a relationship. That is very worrying.”

The judge said Single deliberately didn’t tell the mum because he wanted a relationship with her and that she should not blame herself.

However, she said because of his guilty pleas, lack of offending for 12 years and “primarily because your father needs you”, she would spare him jail.

Judge McKone added: “He really would feel the burden of your prison sentence.”

She handed Single eight months in jail, suspended for two years, a 30-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and 180 hours of unpaid work.