December 2017

Sex offender jailed for failing to tell police he had moved

A Torbay sex offender has been jailed for six months for failing to tell the police when he left his address in Torquay.

Ashley Bruckshaw, 26, was convicted in 2012 of sexual activity with a 13-year-old girl. As part of his sentence he was told to sign the Sex Offender Register and tell police about any changes of address.

But Exeter Crown Court was told that in January this year he dropped off the police radar and only surfaced again in October.

Michael Brown, mitigating, told the court that he had been sofa surfing in Birmingham but had handed himself in to police in October.

During nine months out of contact with the authorities he had been living off food banks and out of bins, but had not committed any further sexual offences.

The defendant, who formerly lived in Torquay, admitted failing to notify police of a change of address as required by the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

July 2015

Homeless sex offender jailed for failing to tell police he was living in a cave

A homeless sex offender has been jailed for failing to tell police he was living in a cave.

Ashley Bruckshaw, aged 25, also broke an order which banned him from contact with children by starting a friendship with a 14-year-old girl.

He was living in a cave in Torbay after being released from a 32 month sentence for having sex with a 13-year-old girl during a truth or dare game.

Bruckshaw admitted breaking the terms of the sex offenders’ register by failing to notify his address to police and breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO).

He was jailed for six months by Judge Jeremy Griggs at Exeter Crown Court and warned he will face a much higher sentence if he fails to comply with the orders in the future.

Miss Felicity Payne, prosecuting, said Bruckshaw was jailed in 2012 for 32 months and his movement and contact with children were controlled by the two orders after his release.

He went to live with his mother for a while but was thrown out after an argument and moved to live in a tent in a cave without telling the police of his new address.

He also started a friendship with a 14-year-old girl which caused alarm to his offender manager, who was worried the girl was being manipulated and groomed.

January 2012

Man admits sexual activity with a child

A 21-year-old man yesterday admitted sexual activity with a child after Crown prosecutors dropped a charge of rape.

Ashley Bruckshaw, of New Park Road, Brixham, admitted having sex with a 13-year-old girl between February 1 and March 17 last year when he appeared at Exeter Crown Court.

He pleaded not guilty to raping the same girl and Mr Malcolm Galloway said his plea has been accepted after consultation with the alleged victim and her family.

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