Serial sex offender walks free from court after showing porn to children

Published March 20, 2013 by misty534

A serial sex offender has walked free from court after showing pornographic images to children. 

 

A judge told Alun Richard Jones he presented a significant risk of serious harm to members of the public but added that this risk would be best managed with a community order.

Jones has five court appearances for 10 offences over several years, including four counts of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of children, exposing himself, and breaching orders imposed for those and other offences.

He is subject of a lifelong Sexual Offences Prevention Order (Sopo) and on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely,

Rachel Knight, prosecuting at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court, said that on the afternoon of Sunday, December 9 – days after being released from remand for pulling out pornographic magazines in a playground before running away when approached by an adult – Jones again showed pornographic magazines or books to two children playing in the street.

One of the children had been the victim of the earlier identical offence.

“They described him as hanging around and that he had walked up and down the street four or five times,” said Ms Knight.

Police were called when the two youngsters told their parents what had happened. Ms Knight said Jones denied any wrongdoing before he was arrested.

His home was then searched and “barely legal” porn was recovered.

Jones, 27, of Dunraven Court, Dunraven Street, Tonypandy, Rhondda, admitted breaching a Sopo – which carries a five-year maximum jail term -by approaching a child under the age of 16.

He was told by Judge Richard Twomlow that although he presented a significant risk of serious harm to members of the public a community order was the best way to protect the public.

Judge Twomlow jailed Jones for eight months, suspended for two years, with two years supervision, and ordered him to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

He was also made the subject of a four-month electronically tagged curfew from 9pm to 7am and the Sopo limiting his contact with children was amended.

When he appeared in court previously in December for the earlier offences, Jones, described as a “thrill-seeking exhibitionist”, was again spared jail after admitting breaching the Sopo by engaging and associating with a child.

On that occasion he was told by Recorder Malcolm Bishop QC that he had been persuaded to impose a community order to allow him to have treatment for the protection of the public.

by Wales online

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