August 2017

Paedophile jailed after volunteering at Nottinghamshire social club

A paedophile found to be volunteering at “Family Night” events at a social club in Nottinghamshire has been jailed for 32 months.

Alan Carlson, 67, was given a sexual prevention order in 2001 banning him from having contact with children under the age of 16.

However, he used sweets and expensive gifts to interact with children at the club, Nottingham Crown Court heard.

Carlson pleaded guilty to four counts of breaching the order.

He was ordered to serve 32 months in prison for each breach and will serve each sentence concurrently.

He will also remain on the sex offenders register for life.

Carlson, formerly of Portland Road, in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, was arrested on 8 August after concerns were raised about him helping out at the social club where families took their children.

Det Con Lisa Avvio, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “The way Carlson completely disregarded his sexual offences order, proves how little remorse he has for his previous actions or understanding of how inappropriate they were; a dangerous attitude to have in a community involving children.

“The local residents will understandably have a lot of anger that they have been deceived in such a way, I hope they can find some peace in the fact that this man is back behind bars.

“I would also like to thank them for their co-operation throughout the investigation.”

January 2003

Judge slams sex orders

Judge Richard Benson said the legislation prevented offenders from having relationships with women – because they were forbidden from coming into contact with their children.

And he said the orders were terribly restrictive and consigned the individual to a solitary life.

His comments came as he locked up dangerous paedophile Alan Carlson for four years for breaching his order three times.

Carlson displayed worrying behaviour after coming into contact with children through two girlfriends.

The judge told Carlson at Nottingham Crown Court: “These orders are draconian in their effect. In some cases, I suspect, impossible for a defendant to fully comply with.

“He [Carlson] has got to accept the fact that effectively he is going to have to live his life as a recluse.” Carlson had not committed any sexual crime since the judge put him on probation for indecent assault in August 1990.

But he had breached the order by coming into contact with children living with Carlson’s partners.

Carlson had been babysitting and changed a nappy during his time with his girlfriends.

He had met the women through his work as a cleaner last summer.

Although no complaint was made by either woman, police prosecuted Carlson, 50, of Halifax Place, Lace Market, because he had breached his sex offender order (SOO).

The order banned him from any contact with children under 16.