Convicted paedophile who hid in Scotland is jailed for evading police

Published January 21, 2015 by JS2

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A dangerous paedophile has been jailed for 16 months after repeatedly trying to evade police checks.

Craig Sheen, who is from the Midlands, went underground after being released from jail for using Facebook to lure a 14-year-old girl into having sex. He was discovered hiding out in Scotland.

The 30-year-old was found by chance in Perth after failing to report where he had moved to under the terms of the sex offenders register.

Sheriff William Wood noted that Sheen had a previous conviction for a similar offence and had demonstrated a repeated desire to disappear from public view.

He said: “You are on the register with requirements which are absolute and very clear. You know what you are allowed to do and what you are not.

“You have a previous conviction and were given a custodial sentence for the same thing. You are persistent and don’t seem to have any proper regard to the order which you are subject to. A further deterrent is required.”

Sheen, who is considered a danger to the public and was previously made subject to a sexual offences prevention order (SOPO), was also found using a phone with internet access despite being banned.

He admitted breaching his SOPO by using a Blackberry and by moving to Perth illicitly.

Sheen was jailed for more than three years in 2010 after having sex with a teenage girl he befriended on the internet. He admitted five counts of sexual activity with the 14-year-old girl when he knew she was under age.

Coventry Crown Court was told Sheen had contacted the girl through social networking site Facebook and had initially claimed he was a teenager as well.

They communicated using the social media site and Sheen had sex with the girl after inviting her to Coventry. When they finally met, Sheen admitted he was older than he had claimed online and bragged to the schoolgirl about having more than 12 years of sexual experience.

It emerged that Sheen had moved to Perth but had broken the terms of his order by failing to tell the police about his new address in September this year.

Fiscal depute Lisa Marshall said: “After speaking with the accused on another matter, they carried out a check and it came back that he was a registered sex offender.”

He told the police that he had arrived in Perth seven days earlier. The police seized his mobile phone and found that it was an internet-enabled Blackberry device.

“The accused told them he had been staying at a friend’s house in Perth for seven days. He admitted he had never notified the police.”

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