A MAN who started a relationship with a mother of three without telling her he was a sex offender was jailed for 18 months yesterday.
Llewelyn George Buckland, 38, had been released from prison and was living at The Plas y Wern Bail Hostel in Ruabon near Wrexham.
Police investigations showed he had started a relationship with a woman and had been to her home when children were present in breach of his SOPO (sexual offences prevention order).
That banned him from having a relationship with any woman with children without telling her he was a sex offender.
Buckland admitted a fourth SOPO breach when he appeared at Mold Crown Court.
Buckland, considered to be a high risk of harm, had previously been jailed for making indecent photographs of children.
David Mainstone said Buckland had been living at the probation hostel since July 27.
Police spoke to the woman at her place of work and she confirmed they had started a relationship, and he had been to her home four or five times when children were present.
She had no idea he was the subject of a SOPO and felt shocked and upset at what she regarded as a breach of trust.
Re-interviewed, he confirmed he met the woman at a supermarket and he had been to her home and had met her children. But he had never been alone with them.
He appreciated he was in breach of the order by not telling the woman of the SOPO’s existence.
Paul Abraham, defending, said he had been embarrassed to tell the woman about his past but intended to do so.
The order meant he should tell any woman during his first conversation.
But his client feared if he did so it would also be the last conversation.
Mr Abraham said Buckland had not been at the woman’s house overnight.
Judge Rhys Rowlands said Buckland had been before the court for three previous breaches of the SOPO.
The present breach involved starting a relationship with a woman and keeping her in the dark about his past.
Fortunately police had been keeping an eye on him following his release from prison and it was their diligence which brought the matter to light.
The order had been made to deal with the significant risk that he would offend again in relation to children. “I have to have in mind the need to protect children,” Judge Roland explained.
“You repeatedly chose to ignore a court order. Having done so again you have to face the consequences.”