March 2018

Mum’s horror after learning that the man staying at her home while her kids slept was a convicted sex offender

A mother said her ‘world had fallen apart’ after learning she had allowed a convicted sex offender to stay at her home while her three young children slept.

Mandy Bradley had already been deceived by Michael Terry into giving him a job for the Lincolnshire-based Guardian Angels group – a team that monitors sexual predators online and where she is a director.

A court heard that the 43-year-old had made no mention of his previous convictions and was offered the role of head of security, where he was trusted stay overnight where the children, all under 13, had been sleeping.

His lies were unravelled when police asked for the group’s information after they helped assist with an arrest in Derbyshire in February.

The records showed that Terry had been originally banned from contacting any child under 16 or staying overnight at a child’s address after appearing at Liverpool Crown Court in November 2014.

He then breached this order by staying overnight with a vulnerable young mum and her six-year-old son in Blackpool.

He was jailed for 12 months at Preston Crown Court in February 2016 after “befriending” the mum of a young boy in Blackpool but after his release joined the Guardian Angels in Lincolnshire.

Lincoln Crown Court heard Terry was trusted to stay overnight at the home of Guardian Angels director Mandy Bradley, who had three children aged under-13.

Now, he is beginning a 20-month stretch behind bars.

Justin Wigoder, prosecuting, said Terry repeatedly visited the family after travelling to Lincolnshire from his home in Lancashire.

Mr Wigoder said: “The Guardian Angels are an organisation which seeks to monitor online activity with a view to identifying sexual predators.

“Terry managed to become head of security for that organisation.

“The director is Mandy Bradley, who has four children, with three aged 12 and under.

“Over a period of several months he would travel from his home in Preston and stay overnight with the family at the weekend.”

In a victim impact statement which she read out in court, Mrs Bradley described how her “world fell apart” when she discovered Terry’s convictions.

“He didn’t have the decency to inform us of his crimes,” she told the court.

Mr Wigoder said Terry’s past was only discovered in February this year when several members of the group assisted with an arrest in Derbyshire.

As a result, police requested information on the group which led to Mrs Bradley discovering Terry’s previous convictions.

Terry, of Marsh Lane, Preston, admitted a single charge of breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Passing sentence, Judge Andrew Easteal told Terry he did not accept in any way that he was trying to put right his previous offending.

The judge told him: “In this case you deliberately, artfully and with great deceit inveigled yourself as head of security for this group known as the Guardian Angels.”

Speaking after the hearing, Mrs Bradley said she was satisfied with the jail sentence for Terry.

She said: “The sentence is never really enough, but we respect the judge has to stay within the guidelines and we knew he would get between 18 months and three years.

“We are satisfied with the result.”

Update: Now living in Preston

November 2015

‘Sex predator’ targeted mums of youngsters

A paedophile was described to a court as a dangerous sexual predator who targeted young mothers.

Michael Terry was said to have groomed two vulnerable mums, one of whom had a three-year-old girl and the other a six-year-old boy.

He had been banned from having contact with children under 16 but he spent days and nights at the home the mothers shared, while their children were there.

Terry, 41, of Newhouse Road, Marton pleaded guilty to two offences of breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO).

Malcolm Isherwood, prosecuting, said Terry was put on a five-year SOPO after being convicted of indecent exposure and inciting a girl under 16 to engage in a sexual act in January this year.

The order banned him from contact with children under 16 and staying at an address overnight where a child under 16 was living.

Between October 30 and November 18 Terry came into contact with the two young children of two mothers.

The first mother he became friendly with lived in Blackpool and then moved to Bolton where she shared an address with the second mother.

Terry stayed overnight and at times went with the mums when they collected the children from school and nursery.

Mr Isherwood said: “The Crown says he deliberately targeted two young women with children.

“The women were vulnerable, both having been the victims of domestic violence.

“The Crown says he is a dangerous sexual predator. He was in essence grooming them in the knowledge they had young children.”

Brett Chappell, defending, said Terry’s previous conviction for inciting a girl under 16 to engage in a sexual act revolved around both of them sending nude photographs to each other. 

Terry had met the mothers when he went on a rare night out. They were friends of friends and there was no evidence he had targeted them. Terry had never been left alone with the children.

Terry was refused bail and remanded in custody to appear for sentence on December 16 at Preston Crown Court by Blackpool magistrates