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Paedophile back behind bars after staying overnight in house with children in Cirencester

Published December 4, 2014 by misty534


A PAEDOPHILE is back behind bars after flouting a court order by staying overnight in a Cirencester house where children were present.

In 2010, Thomas Asquith was jailed for two years after he sent an 11-year-old girl from Bourton-on-the-Water 37 text messages in one day and encouraged her to text him a picture of herself naked.

When he was arrested police found indecent images of children on his computer.

Now known as Thomas Jay, the 34-year-old was back before Gloucester Crown Court recently for breaching the Sexual Offences Prevention Order he was given in 2010 by staying in a house in The Green, Cirencester, where children under 17 were present.

Jay, who previously lived in Moreton-in-Marsh but now has an address in Thomas Street in Cirencester, also committed a new offence of possessing indecent images of children.

He pleaded guilty to five offences of breaching the order by staying in a house in The Green, Cirencester, where children were present between August 15 and September 8 this year.

He also admitted two charges of failing to comply with the requirements of the order by not informing police that he was staying at an address where children were present.

During the hearing at Gloucester Crown Court on November 28, Judge William Hart was told that Jay had pleaded guilty to four other offences of breaching the order and one of possession of indecent images of children just two days earlier.

During the hearing on November 28, prosecutor Dermot Clarke asked for a pre-sentence report on Jay before he was sentenced for all the offences, to which Judge Hart agreed.

The judge remanded Jay in custody until January 7, telling him: “It seems to me that a custodial sentence is inevitable – I expect you share that view.”

In 2010, Jay admitted three offences of causing a girl to engage in sexual activity and six of possessing indecent images of children.

At the time, Judge Hart said he was “a paedophile and a danger to children”.

As well as the jail term and order, the judge banned Jay from working with children for life and told him to sign the sex offenders register for ten years.