August 2014: Stoke-on-Trent sex offender jailed after breaching park order – by playing a game of tennis
Newly-baptised pervert let child ‘sit on his knee’
CONVICTED sex offender Peter Wynne has been jailed after he allowed a child to sit on his knee – on the day the pervert was baptised.
The 49-year-old was jailed for an indecent assault in 1987 and for indecent assault and gross indecency with children in 1996.
He was made the subject of an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) in 2004 which prevented him having any contact with children aged under 16.
But in March Wynne formed an association with a Christian church and started attending services at The Quality Hotel, Hanley.
Prosecutor Heather Chamberlin told Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court that Wynne went to a bible study at the pastor’s house on March 6 where a child was present. Four days later the pastor arranged for Wynne to be baptised at the hotel swimming pool and told him to bring a T-shirt and shorts.
Miss Chamberlin said: “A number of children were present. Children were around the pool and a man was in the pool with his daughter.
“After the baptism the defendant returned to the pastor’s home. The congregation there included children.
“At one point he had a little girl on his knee.”
Wynne continued to attend church services until his arrest on March 26. Three days earlier he had told the pastor his life story, although he did not reveal the nature of his offences.
Wynne, of Nile Street, Burslem, pleaded guilty to breaching a SOPO between March 1 and March 25. The court heard he has breached the order on 16 previous occasions and was jailed for two-and-a-half years in 2010 after being seen at a play area in Newcastle.
Robert Smith, mitigating, conceded Wynne had to receive a custodial sentence.
But he said the defendant had taken steps to rebuild his life after being released from jail in 2011.
“He was asked if he wanted to join a church group and seized the opportunity with both hands,” said Mr Smith.
“With the benefit of hindsight he should have made disclosure to his supervising officer and leader of the religious group.”
Mr Smith said Wynne has committed no ‘contact offences’ since 1996. He added: “He was simply trying to rebuild his life and had not yet built up the courage to tell them all his convictions.”
Jailing Wynne for 16 months, Judge David Fletcher said: “You are the subject of a very restrictive order, which lasts until you die. You should have no contact or put yourself in a position where you could have contact with children.
“The minute you were aware there were children involved in the acts of worship you should have stepped away. You could have sought some guidance but you turned a blind eye.”
Paedophile caught befriending family
A PAEDOPHILE was in the early stages of grooming children when he was seen by an off-duty police officer at a playground, a court heard.
Peter Wynne, aged 46, of The Boulevard, Tunstall, was handed a sexual offences prevention order for an indefinite period in July 2004 which prohibited him from engaging in conversation with under-16s, or associating or befriending them.
But Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard Wynne struck up a relationship with a vulnerable mother-of-two last February.
He started frequenting a playground at Brampton Park in Newcastle, which the woman and her children often visited.
Prosecutor Heather Chamberlin said: “He would arrive at the same time, often about 5pm, and start to play with the children.
“One onlooker recollects being slightly concerned as he joined in.”
The court heard on October 31 the defendant saw the woman and her children in Newcastle town centre and gave the youngsters presents.
The next day, he met them at the play area.
“He played with her son on the soft area,” said the prosecutor. “A police officer from the public protection unit was there in a private capacity. She recognised the defendant and immediately took action to separate him from the family and he was taken him into custody.”
Wynne answered no comment to all questions in his police interview, but pleaded guilty at the first opportunity to four charges of breaching a sexual offences prevention order.
The court heard his previous convictions include indecent assault on a child and gross indecency with a child. He also failed to comply with the sex offender notification requirements and has previously breached the sexual offences prevention order.
His counsel David Bratt acknowledged the breaches crossed the custody threshold.
Mr Bratt said: “He does not appreciate the magnitude of the situation he finds himself in, but he accepts he was wrong in what he did.”
Judge Paul Glenn said the law did not allow him to pass the sentence he felt Wynne deserved and jailed him for two-and-a-half years.
He told Wynne: “You befriended this vulnerable woman. Your behaviour gave cause for concern.
“I have to deal with you for repeated and clear breaches of the sexual offences prevention order.
“The probation officer says your behaviour shows you are clearly seeking out contact with and the company of young children and this can be viewed as the early stages of grooming.
“You represent a continued risk of contact offences against children.
“You are cunning and manipulative.”
The maximum sentence a judge can pass for these offences is five years, but Judge Glenn said he had to give Wynne credit for his guilty pleas.
“I cannot by law impose the sort of sentence I think you merit, reflecting the danger I think you represent,” he said.
“The sexual offences order will remain in force. If you continue breaching it, the sentences will get longer and longer.”