‘Handsy’ sex offender from Middlesbrough pleads guilty to failing to register address

A sex offender who admitted failing to notify the police of his home address has been given a community order for breaching his court order.

Aaron McCall admitted failing to tell them he had moved house on two occasions.

Teesside Crown Court heard how the 28-year-old ‘simply forgot’ the first time but admitted he failed to do it a second time as he feared being sent to prison for breaching his suspended sentence for carrying out a sexual assault on a woman in 2017.

Jenny Haigh, prosecuting, said McCall had moved into a guesthouse in Stockton in July and failed to register the address with the police and when he moved to Beaumont Road, North Ormesby, Middlesbrough, just days later after securing employment delivering leaflets, he again failed to notify the police.

McCall was given two concurrent 12-month community orders and ordered to pay a £100 fine for the breach of the suspended sentence which was due to expire two weeks after the breaches.

Judge Stephen Ashurst, who described McCall as ‘getting handsy’ with his victim of sexual assault, told him he would have gone straight to prison if he thought the breaches were to enable him to carry out sex offences.

He said: “If there is another breach of the order, ‘I forgot’, is not going to give you a reasonable excuse.”