A father has been fined Â£1,000 for warning a parent about a convicted Paedophile.
He was also found guilty of harassing the sex-offender after he became aware that the man who married his ex-wife and became a step-father to his twelve-year-old daughter, had served three prison sentences for his depraved and violent crimes.
The court were told that the concerned father in question raised the alarm about the convicted sex-offender after he learned that four of his daughter’s friends had been invited to the family home to attend a party and a sleep over.
He then showed his concerns to one the mothers of the girls due to go to the party-sleepover, revealing the sex-offenders previous serious court convictions.
All of the parents then stopped their children from attending the sleepover, but when the naturally anxious father’s became concerned for his daughter’s well-being because he couldn’t make contact with her ,he repeatedly phoned the house of his ex-wife and the convicted Paedophile, for which he was arrested, convicted of harassment and fined Â£1,000 at Worcester Magistrates Court .
The father said:
“My decision was to speak up to one of the parents and leave it up to their discretion.
“I was concerned for her daughter and I always have been for my own.
“My own daughter is open to quite considerable harm in my eyes.”
The court were told how the defendants ex-wife began her relationship with the child sex-attacker in 2007 and despite the fact that he socialised with the pair, when he learned of the convicted Paedophile’s past the relationship between them all quickly and understandably deteriorated.
The step-father was convicted of attempted rape in 1980, convicted again of the same offence in 1988 and was sent to prison again in 1996 for molesting two young teenage girls.
The court were also told that the defendant had signed a police harassment order that required him not to reveal the step-father’s convictions to anyone after earlier claims that he had discussed the child-attackers past with other people, and the gagging order prevented him from informing his own daughter about the monster that was now her step-father.
But he breached the gagging order by informing the parent of the possible dangers of her daughter staying at the sleepover.
Concerned that he was unable to contact his daughter, the defendant called his ex-wifes home 14 times in the space of two hours and in one message said:
“You are a self-confessed paedophile.
“Fraudster, the lot.
“I just want to speak to my daughter”, and in another call threatened to go around to the house and sort things out with the convicted sex-offender, “once and for all.”
Prosecutor Owen Beale said that due to the fact that the defendant’s daughter lived under the same roof as a convicted Paedophile that:
“The authorities were not concerned that there was a risk because they left her there.”
Judge Mark Layton, despite admitting that the case had proved very difficult said that the father was guilty of the charges brought against him and ordered to pay Â£775 costs and Â£15 victim surcharge and banned from any further contact with the convicted sex-attacker and step-father to his daughter.