Convicted paedophile who flouted order to stay away from victim spared jail
A paedophile who flouted an order to stay away from his victim by making “an affectionate remark and stroking his cheek” has been spared jail.
Barry Sheridan Hardern, 47, admitted approaching the victim.
Hardern, of Abergele Road, Colwyn Bay, was convicted by a jury at Caernarfon Crown Court of sexual activity with a child in April 2012 and was jailed for four years.
The judge also ordered Hardern to observe a sexual harm prevention order which banned him from contacting or approaching the victim indefinitely.
But last September Hardern encountered his victim, now an adult, in a Llandudno nightclub and approached him.
John Philpotts, prosecuting at Caernarfon Crown Court today, said Hardern spoke with the man and during the encounter had stroked him on the cheek.
“There then followed a minor incident of disorder and the man was ejected from the club,” the lawyer said.
Mr Philpotts said Hardern had previous conviction dating back to 1989 and had culminated in the jail sentence he had been handed six years ago.
Hardern initially claimed the victim approached him in the club but later admitted breaching the court order and a charge of assault.
Hardern was handed a two-year community order and told he must undertake two courses organised by the Probation Service.
He was ordered to pay £200 towards prosecution costs.
40-yr-old jailed for sex abuse of teen
A 41-year-old man, who sexually abused a boy of 14, has been locked up for four years.
Barry Hardern, of Abergele Road, Colwyn Bay, had been convicted by a Caernarfon Crown Court jury of sexual activity with a child.
He appeared for sentence yesterday after reports were prepared.
Judge Merfyn Hughes QC told Hardern: “You are to be sentenced on the basis there was a degree of consent in what happened.
“But he was a young boy. His sexuality was evolving.”
The judge said the pre-sentence report indicated Hardern had an unhappy upbringing but no further details were outlined in court.
Defence barrister William Beardmore said Hardern had run a business at Colwyn Bay which failed after a decade.
The abuse happened on a single occasion, he added.