February 2017

Paedophile who tried to lure York boys into his car is jailed again

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A SEX offender who once tried to abduct boys outside a York school has been jailed after once again defying a court order.

Martin Kidd, 26, was imprisoned for 12 months by a judge at York Crown Court yesterday for breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order by accessing the internet at his workplace at York Railway Station.

The court heard he was prohibited from using the internet, apart from on his father’s laptop which had appropriate software, but had admitted to probation officers he had done so on a workplace computer.

He also used a chatroom to message a girl with a username which indicated she was 16, although she was actually 22, said Peter Yates, prosecuting.

Judge Andrew Stubbs QC said the order was intended to protect the public, particularly young girls, from his illegal attentions.

Kidd had not been able to resist temptation and had been sexually aroused by his conversations. “You cannot control your actions,” he said, adding that he would have imposed an 18-month sentence but for his guilty plea.

Several judges have already spoken of their concerns in the past about Kidd.

In February 2012, as he was sentenced for trying to lure two 11-year-olds into his car, Judge Roger Ibbotson told him: “There is a very disturbing pattern to you committing offences with such persistence.”

He jailed him for 16 months for two charges of attempted abduction of a child and made a five-year restraining order.

Within days of being released from that sentence, he broke the restraining order by texting a 14-year-old girl.

Recorder Graeme Cook, jailing him for four months, said: “Your behaviour is concerning to me.”

June 2016: Kidd has been released and is now living in South View Bail Hostel on Boroughbridge Road in Acomb

May 2015

Paedophile becomes first in Britain to be banned from owning ANY vehicle

A paedophile has become the first child sex offender in Britain to be banned from owning any vehicle after trying to lure two 11-year-old schoolboys into his car.

Martin Kidd, 24, was jailed for three years in March for grooming three girls aged 14 and 15 and repeatedly breaking a court order made against him in order to protect children.

He was banned from contacting any child under 16 after he was convicted of trying to lure two 11-year-old boys into his car near their school in York in 2012.

And now he has been banned from owning any vehicle or using more than one mobile phone, computer or other electronic equipment to access the internet. 

Judge Stephen Ashurst said Kidd is also not allowed to be in the same car as a child under 16 without an adult in charge of the car as part of the sexual harm prevention order.

‘This is to protect children and to protect you from getting into the kind of situation which has brought you into conflict with the law,’ he told Kidd, who appeared at York Crown Court via a video link from prison.

‘This is not simply a piece of paper which you can ignore. If you breach the terms of this order, it is a criminal offence for which you can receive a sentence of up to five years.’

Under the order the paedophile was also barred from living or staying in the same house as a child or having unsupervised contact with any child under 16 without permission from the child’s parents.

Kidd, from New Earswick, must also allow police officers to inspect the device on demand and he is barred from deleting his internet records.

He was banned from loitering near schools and jailed for 16 months after he twice tried to lure 11-year-old boys into his car in 2012. 

Kidd had already been cautioned by police for arranging a sexual act with a 13-year-old girl through the internet. 

The paedophile was jailed again in March after he ‘wormed’ his way into families of underage girls as he repeatedly flouted a court order.

He targeted three girls aged 14 and 15 through social media and tried to persuade one to have sex with him. 

Kidd had concealed his past from the girls’ relatives and struck up friendships with their daughters as he targeted underage girls sexually.

‘There was deliberate defiance of a court order to further sexual interest in children,’ the judge said.

He said a probation service assessment of Kidd as being a ‘high risk’ was ‘absolutely spot on’.

Kidd must also register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. 

March 2015

Already convicted sex offender jailed for grooming young girls

A SEX offender who “wormed” his way into families of underage girls as he repeatedly flouted a court order has been jailed for three years.

Martin Kidd, 24, targeted three girls aged 14 and 15 through social media and tried to persuade one to have sex with him.

Prosecutor Matthew Collins said Kidd was banned under a restraining order from contacting any child under 16 because, in 2012, he was convicted of trying to lure two 11-year-old York boys into his car near their school and in 2011 was cautioned for inciting a 13-year-old girl into sexual activity.

The Recorder of York, Judge Stephen Ashurst, said: “I regard this case as being worrying from a number of points of view.

“The evidence I have read shows all the classic signs of grooming.”

He told Kidd at York Crown Court: “What you did was to worm your way into several families.”

Kidd had concealed his past from the girls’ relatives and struck up friendships with their daughters as he targeted underage girls sexually.

“There was deliberate defiance of a court order to further sexual interest in children,” the judge said.

He said a probation service assessment of Kidd as being a “high risk” as being “absolutely spot on”.

Kidd, of Rose Tree Grove, New Earswick, pleaded guilty to breaching a restraining order three times and one of inciting an underage girl to sexual activity and was jailed for three years.

He must also register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

The restraining order remains in place until 2017, and the judge said public protection officers could apply for a sexual harm prevention order to be made against Kidd to restrict his behaviour.

For Kidd, Victoria Smith-Swain handed in a letter from him and said he was remorseful for what he had done.

He now realised he had a sexual interest in girls under 16 and had made inquiries about possibly doing a sex offender treatment programme while in jail.

His crimes were prompted by his social isolation that led to him spending a lot of time on social media.

The court heard the three girls are from the Doncaster area.

February 2015

York sex offender faces jail again, for illegally contacting girls online

A SEX offender who once tried to abduct boys outside a York school has defied a court order on contacting children – again.

Martin Kidd, 24, was given the restraining order when he was sentenced for trying to lure two 11-year-olds into his car in 2012. He had already been cautioned by police for arranging a sexual act with a 13-year-old girl through the internet.

Two judges have spoken of their concerns about him. Now a third has warned that he will be jailed for his latest offences against children – his third such prison sentence in four years.

Kidd, of no fixed address but formerly ofNew Earswick, pleaded guilty to three charges of breaching the restraining order by contacting three different girls via social media during 2014 and one of inciting one of them, aged 13, to engage in sexual activity.

Defence barrister Alex Menary urged the Recorder of York, Judge Stephen Ashurst, to adjourn sentence. The judge did so, so probation officers could assess the risk Kidd poses of committing offences against children in future.

“It is essential in a case like this,” said the judge. He told Kidd: “The fact of going off for a report is not to be taken as any indication you will receive anything other than a custodial sentence.”

Kidd was remanded in custody until he is sentenced on March 27. He did not apply for bail.

In February 2012, Judge Roger Ibbotson told him: “There is a very disturbing pattern to you committing offences with such persistence” as he jailed him for 16 months for two charges of attempted abduction of a child and made the five-year restraining order.

Within days of being released from that sentence, he broke the restraining order by texting a 14-year-old girl.

Recorder Graeme Cook, jailing him for four months, said: “Your behaviour is concerning to me.”

According to the charges. Kidd breached the restraining order by contacting the first girl between April 1, 2014, and November 9, 2014, the second girl between September 30, 2014, and October 12, 2014, and the third girl on November 9, 2014, all by social media.

He is also alleged to have incited the third girl to engage in sexual activity on November 9.

February 2012

Child kidnap attempt man sentenced

A YOUNG man has been banned from loitering near schools and jailed for 16 months after he twice tried to lure 11-year-old boys into his car.

Martin Kidd was last year caught being involved in arranging a sex offence via the internet involving a 13-year-old girl and was cautioned, York Crown Court heard.

Rupert Doswell, prosecuting, said after the day after his arrest outside one York school following the two abduction bids, Kidd was spotted outside a second school in the same area. He has been in custody ever since.

Judge Roger Ibbotson told him: “There is a very disturbing pattern to you committing offences with such persistence.”

Kidd, 21, of Rose Tree Grove, New Earswick, pleaded guilty to two charges of attempted child abduction and driving without insurance.

He denied a third allegation of attempted abduction which was left on file.

In additon to the jail term, he was given a five-year restraining order that stops him going anywhere near the two boys, plus a third he allegedly approached, having unsupervised contact with any child under 16, and being alone in a car with a child. He must also tell the police the registration number of any car he owns. He also got six penalty points on his licence.

Mr Doswell said Kidd tried to get the first 11-year-old boy to get into his car as the child was walking along the street near a school at 6pm on October 17. The boy refused and went to a friend’s house. When he came out a few minutes later, he saw Kidd waiting nearby “looking at him suspiciously”.

He told his mother and police were waiting for Kidd the next evening outside the first school. Unknown to them, earlier that day, he had approached a second 11-year-old boy at shops near the second school and told him to get into his car.

When the boy refused, he got angry and drove off in his black and white Ford Escort with a white spoiler and lights running right round its base. He was arrested alone in the car later that day, driving without insurance.

For Kidd, Paul Williams said there was no evidence he had been sexually motivated. His family were standing by him and would supervise him closely after his release.

“They are extremely anxious that the court should not think he has a sexual preference or interest in young boys at all,” he said. “What you have here is an incredibly naive and immature young man who doesn’t really mingle with his own age group and lives at home with his parents.

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