January 2018

Convicted sex offender back behind bars

hanley

Convicted sex offender Michael Horn is back behind bars after he contacted teenage girls on the internet and persuaded them to send him naked pictures of themselves.

The 25-year-old pervert was made the subject of a 10-year sexual offences prevention order (SOPO) in 2012 for sexually assaulting a schoolgirl.

But he breached the order for the 12th and 13th time by contacting 14-year-old girls online and by having contact with another registered sex offender.

The offences happened just weeks after he was handed a three-year community order for chatting with a 15-year-old schoolgirl online.

Now Horn has been jailed for 16 months at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court .

Prosecutor Paul Spratt said: “He accepts he has breached two aspects of the order. He has communicated with a known registered sex offender. And he has used his computer to access internet sites where young girls are present and he has persuaded them to send partial or fully naked images of themselves to him.

“The defendant was with a registered sex offender on two occasions when they both visited the Vodafone store in Newcastle . The defendant had bought a dongle to enable his computer to access the internet and visited the store on two occasions to top it up.

“He admits he has sought and received images of a sexual nature of 14-year-old girls.”

Horn, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to two charges of breaching a SOPO.

Jailing Horn, Judge David Fletcher said: “You were given a three-year community order by me on October 5. It is a real pity these matters reflect breaches of your order very quickly after that community order was imposed by me.

“The escalating number of breaches, and the frequency they are occurring, is causing me a great deal of concern. There is a perceived and a real danger by this ongoing behaviour by you.

“If these sorts of breaches continue to happen, all that will happen to you is the sentences will get longer and longer.”

The judge revoked the community order and Horn was placed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

September 2017

Pervert breached order by having online sex chats with schoolgirl who called him ‘daddy’

Convicted sex offender Michael Horn breached a court order by chatting with a 15-year-old schoolgirl online

The 25-year-old had ‘sexual conversations’ with the teenager on the internet using computers at Newcastle Library which did not show the history of what he had been browsing.

They even discussed which train she could catch so they could meet up and text messages showed the girl would refer to him as ‘daddy’.

But the defendant confessed what he had done to his probation officer just days before the youngster was due to travel to Stoke.

The offences put him in breach of a 10-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) he was handed in 2012 for sexually assaulting a schoolgirl.

Now Horn – who has already served the equivalent of a 16-and-a-half month sentence – has been handed a three-year community order at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

Prosecutor Richard McConaghy said the defendant breached the SOPO in 2014 by approaching schoolgirls in the street and on two occasions invited them back to his flat. And in 2015 he was found with indecent images of children on his phone.

But in December 2016 and January he told his probation officer he had breached his SOPO.

Prosecutor Richard McConaghy said: “He volunteered the information on January 24. He said for four-and-a-half months he had been going into the library in Newcastle and using the internet to speak to a girl. He gave her name and where she lived.

“He fully admitted the conversations had been largely sexual and that he had been discussing trains to get her to come and meet him.

“Police contacted her. She said she was in a relationship with the defendant but had not met him. She was planning to get on a train to Stoke on Saturday, January 28.

“Texts were found on mobile phones which were seized and almost all were sexual. She appears to refer to him as ‘daddy’ frequently throughout.”

Horn, of Albert Street, Newcastle, admitted three breaches of a SOPO.

Judge David Fletcher sentenced Horn to a three-year community order with a requirement to complete the community sex offenders’ programme.

September 2015

Pervert breached court order when he chatted to schoolgirls on-line

SEX offender Michael Horn has been jailed after breaching a court order by chatting to under-age girls on-line.

The 22-year-old was handed a 10-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) in 2012 after he sexually assaulted a schoolgirl he groomed on the internet.

The defendant pretended to be a 16-year-old to get to know his victim, who was 15 at the time, before arranging to meet the teenager in Sheffield.

In December last year he avoided prison after admitting breaching the order five times by accessing the internet, which he was prevented from doing.

But he was back at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court after admitting a further five breaches – plus two counts of making indecent images of children.

The court heard Horn had used a false name – Daniel Thompson – to make contact with three underage girls online.

Prosecutor Andrew Baker said: “The defendant initiated sexual conversation with one girl.

“He said he was ‘horny’ and ‘turned-on’. He asked what sexual conduct she would be prepared to engage in if they met up.

“She said she would not engage in that type of behaviour.”

Mr Baker said police had gone to the defendant’s home on July 1 this year to check his mobile phone, as they are entitled to do under the terms of the SOPO.

He showed them his phone, but officers spotted a box for a second phone that he had not handed over.

Examination of this second phone showed he had downloaded 46 indecent images.

Analysis also showed he had used the phone to carry out internet searches relating to young girls.

Mark Bromley, mitigating, said: “He is quite well-educated.

“He acknowledges that without help, his offending may increase.”

Horn, of Hillcrest Street, Hanley, was jailed for two years.

Judge David Fletcher said: “The three counts of contacting underage girls are exactly the sort of behaviour that was the catalyst for the offences you committed in 2012.

“Your behaviour causes me a great deal of concern for the safety of members of the public.”

December 2014

Cobridge sex offender who assaulted schoolgirl sentenced for breach of prevention order

SEX offender Michael Horn has been sentenced to a three-year community order for breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) five times.

The 22-year-old, of Waterloo Road, Cobridge, was handed a 10-year SOPO in 2012 after he sexually assaulted a schoolgirl he groomed on the internet.

Horn pretended to be a 16-year-old to get to know his victim, who was 15 at the time, before arranging to meet the teenager in Sheffield.

But the defendant breached his order five times after he admitted accessing the internet, which he was prevented from doing.

Judge David Fletcher said: “You need to learn to control your urges because if you don’t, you will be spending longer and longer and longer in prison.”