November 2019

This sex offender breaches court order after failing to tell police he was living with baby

Sex offender Peter Lee has breached his court order – after failing to tell police he was living with a 12-month-old baby.

The 54-year-old has already served a two-year prison sentence and is on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years after being jailed in 2017 for sexually assaulting an adult.

The order means he has to tell the police within three days if he lives in the same house as a child and has to complete an annual registration every year.

But he failed on both counts and has now been hauled before Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

Prosecutor Brian Williams said: “Police from the sex offenders’ management unit went to his house. A woman and her 12-month-old son were in the house. She said they had been there for two months.

“The defendant was interviewed. He said she was a friend who needed somewhere to live. He said he was aware there was something about registering the fact a child was there but he had not done that.

“The second breach was failing to complete the annual registration. That should have been done on July 6. He did not go in. An officer made a call to him and he went in on July 10 and completed the annual registration.

“In his interview he said he had not realised that he was overdue.”

Lee, of Comet Avenue, Milehouse, pleaded guilty to two charges of failing to comply with the notification requirements of the Sex Offenders’ Register.

Barry White, mitigating, said: “He is very sorry.”

The defendant has been handed a 12-month community order with 100-hours unpaid work for the offences.

Recorder Nicholas Syfret QC said: “These rules, as you appreciate, exist for the protection of children.

“I am not in the slightest doubt that you would not have done anything to this child. I am quite sure that is true. But the framework of protection exists for a purpose. You have to abide by it and have to take the rules seriously.

“On this occasion you did not have regard to the rules as you should have done. That does require the court to punish you.”