Paedophile pensioner jailed after giving children sweets and toys inviting them into his home
A paedophile pensioner who brought children into his home and gave them sweets, toys and money without revealing his criminal past has been jailed.
Parents felt “sick” to discover that the man, 79, whose home their children had been visiting – sometimes alone – was a registered sex offender.
Victor Pope did not molest the children and his lawyer said he simply acted as a lonely old man who wanted company and friendship.
But a Teesside Crown Court judge said prison was “unavoidable” for a man who persistently flouted a court order meant to prevent crime.
Pope was jailed for five years in 2003 in York for indecently assaulting a girl and having indecent photos of children
He was given a sexual offences prevention order (SOPO) in 2009 banning him from contact with under-18s or having cameras.
He befriended a woman whose vulnerable grandson visited Pope’s home several times and was given sweets, toys, a calculator, a model aeroplane and birthday gifts.
His gran alerted police when she discovered Pope was a sex offender through online research, said prosecutor Harry Hadfield yesterday.
The boy’s mother since said she no longer trusted anyone and second-guessed anyone she met.
A teenage girl also visited Pope’s home where he showed her jigsaws and model ships he had made.
He chatted to her and gave her money, sweets and a tablet computer.
The girl’s mum said she befriended Pope and treated him kindly and felt sorry for him but now felt silly for trusting him and blamed herself.
Pope confessed to police he let down the children’s carers by not telling him about his history.
Officers also found six devices at Pope’s home which were banned under his SOPO – a phone, a Kindle, three video cameras and a computer monitor with a webcam.
He said he bought them second-hand, foolishly “chancing his arm” hoping he would not be caught. Nothing was found on the devices.
Pope, of Webster Road, Normanby, Middlesbrough, admitted seven breaches of the SOPO.
He was given a suspended sentence in 2014 by flouting the same order by having nine devices.
The judge jailed Pope for 18 months.
Paedophile pensioner breaches sex order again – this time by allowing children into his home