A CONVICTED child sex offender is today back behind bars after failing to tell police he had moved to Uttoxeter.
Paul Cordwell, who was living in Balance Street, was ordered to return to prison by Stafford Crown Court after he admitted failing to tell police he had moved from Newcastle under Lyme to the town.
The court heard the 48-year-old was ‘deliberately’ flouting a court order which put him on the sex offenders’ register for ten years.
The order was made back in November 2010 for offences of sexual assault.
It requires Cordwell to notify police of any change of his address.
He was caged for 21 months by the court.
Joanne Barker, prosecuting, said police carried out a spot check on his registered address in Newcastle under Lyme on April 17 this year and found he was no longer living there.
He was traced to an address in Uttoxeter and then arrested on May 25.
When questioned he claimed he had informed the police of his move.
Miss Barker added there was no evidence that Cordwell had illicitly moved in order to facilitate further sexual offences against children.
Darron Whitehead, defending, told the judge that he had specific instructions from the defendant not to mitigate the offence as he had said he wished to be sent to prison.
He said: “It was a deliberate breach.
“He wishes to be sentenced to custody.
“He doesn’t have an address [in Uttoxeter], it was his former partner’s address.
“That relationship no longer exists. He sees no future for himself.”
Judge Michael Challinor told him that the court had to consider protecting the public when sentencing him, although he added it was not the worst case there has been.
He said: “You were sentenced for sexual offences and ordered to notify the police [of your address].
“You failed to do that. This isn’t the worst case there is, but the court has to consider protection of the public.”
The judge added that imposing a short sentence would expose the public to risk.
Judge Challinor told Cordwell he was to be sent to prison for a year after admitting breaching the terms of the sex offenders’ register.