June 2018

‘Devious’ sex offender changed his name

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Devious sex offender Adam Bushell breached court orders by moving in with a single mum after changing his name to try to keep his sordid past a secret.

The 27-year-old was locked up in 2016 after being caught by paedophile hunters Dark Justice when he turned up for a meeting with what he thought was a 13-year-old girl he wrongly believed he had been chatting to on a dating website.

Having served a prison sentence for that, he was placed under restrictions in the community and was banned from having unsupervised contact with children without parental permission and without having disclosed his previous offending.

But he met a woman on a dating site and moved in with her and her 10-year-old daughter and had been living with her for eight months before the truth finally came out.

A court heard the woman had no idea he was a sex offender until her friend became suspicious and found him on a Google search.

He had been left alone with the youngster on numerous occasions, although there is no suggestion he abused her.

A judge branded Bushell devious after hearing he had even changed his name to Andrew Robinson in a bid to keep his past a secret.

The horrified mum, who was pregnant by him by the time she found out about his past, said she felt “physically sick” and said she wanted him out of her life.

Now Bushell has been sent back to prison for two years after he admitted failing to comply with sex offender registration requirements and breaching a sexual harm prevention order. Those orders remain in force.

Judge Simon Batiste, at Newcastle Crown Court, told him: “I am satisfied you changed your name in order to hide your identity and hide your past.

“You lived with a 10-year-old child and never notified her mother.

“In my judgement, these were very high risk actions, given your previous convictions.

“They show a very high level of deviousness and connivance.

“People who behave in such a high risk way, having committed the past offences you have, must understand these orders, the sex offenders register and the sexual harm prevention order, have teeth.

“You must understand, these requirements upon you must be met or longer and longer custodial sentences will follow.”

Prosecutor Neil Pallister told the court Bushell had been assigned a risk management officer when he was released from his 16 month sentence for the Dark Justice offences.

By March this year Bushell, who had made excuses to keep the officer away from the Jarrowaddress he had been living at and suggested they meet at a police station, had “lost contact” completely with the authorities.

It was later revealed he had started a relationship with the woman early last year and had moved in with her in September.

Mr Pallister added: “She has confirmed at no point did the defendant disclose he was the subject of a sexual harm prevention order or a registration requirement.

“Throughout their relationship, the defendant continued to use the surname Robinson and was introduced to friends and family using the name Robinson.”

The court heard the truth was revealed when a woman Bushell was introduced to became suspicious about him.

Mr Pallister said: “The name she knew him by, Adam Robinson, she Googled and nothing came up.

“In May 2018 she Googled ‘Adam Newcastle’ and came up with a number of images of sex offenders. An image of Adam Bushell came up.

“She immediately recognised that the image was the same male she knew as Adam Robinson.”

When she found out, the single mum he had been living with told police: “I don’t want to speak to him, I just want him out of my life. I feel physically sick.”

Brian Mark, defending, said there was no suggestion Bushell had committed any sexual offences.

Mr Mark said Bushell had wanted a “normal life and a normal relationship” and added: “He slipped the leash in order to be able to have a relationship.

“It was about his selfish wish to have a relationship.”

Bushell had been jailed for 16 months in 2016 after he started talking to a decoy profile on an adult dating website and soon started exchanging private messages with her via Whatsapp, despite thinking she was just 13.

During the conversations, Bushell asked for nude pictures and sent shirtless snaps of himself. When asked if her young age put him off, Bushell said it did “a bit” and said he couldn’t have sex due to her age but then promised to “be gentle”.

He was confronted by members of Dark Justice, who alerted the police, when he turned up to meet the girl in Newcastle.

In 2011, Bushell was convicted of battery after putting duct tape over the mouth of a woman who was 33 weeks pregnant and given a suspended sentence.

He assaulted the same woman later that year and was jailed.

Bushell received a caution in 2010, when he was 19, for having sex with a teenage schoolgirl.

May 2016

Paedophile went to meet ’13-year-old schoolgirl’ after grooming her online

A 25-year-old pervert was jailed for 16 months after he tried to groom a 13-year-old girl for sex and was snared by a group of paedophile hunters.

Adam Bushell, of Holy Stone Avenue, Blyth, Northumberland, believed he had been talking to a shy schoolgirl online before he arranged to meet up with her on Westmoreland Road, Newcastle.

But Bushell had in fact been communicating with members of Dark Justice, an anonymous group set up to snare perverts who lurk online, who waited for him to arrive with police officers.

Bushell, a pizza delivery driver and handyman, was arrested and admitted attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.

The 25-year-old, who has a previous conviction for covering a heavily pregnant woman’s mouth with duct tape during an attack, has also been cautioned in the past for having sex with an underage girl. 

Judge Tim Gittins said Bushell’s clear intention was to have penetrative sex if the underage girl had shown up, if she was keen.

Bushell had told the ‘teen’ her age put him off ‘a bit’ but promised he would be gentle with her.

The judge said: ‘Sadly, there are occasions when real girls, against their better judgement, would engage with such activities and they need to be protected from themselves.

‘You were told at an early stage in this conversation she was only 13. Notwithstanding that, you continued to communicate.

‘In fact, it turned out to be a member of the organisation Dark Justice, who had set up a fictitious account to identify people preying on young females.’

Bushell, who is now making plans to marry his partner, was jailed for 16 months and must abide by a sexual harm prevention order and sign the sex offenders register for the next 10 years.

Prosecutor Neil Pallister told the court Bushell had started talking to the decoy on an adult dating website and soon started exchanging private messages on Whatsapp.

During the conversations, Bushell asked for nude pictures and sent shirtless snaps of himself, despite believing the girl to be just 13-years-old.

When asked if her young age put him off, Bushell said it did ‘a bit’.

Mr Pallister told the court: ‘He said he couldn’t have sex or kiss due to her age but in the same conversation he said if she had sex he would be gentle.’

Mr Pallister said it was in 2011 Bushell was convicted of battery after putting duct tape over the mouth of a woman who was 33 weeks pregnant and given a suspended sentence.

He assaulted the same woman later that year and was jailed.

Bushell received a caution in 2010, when he was 19, for having sex with a 15-year-old.

Alec Burns, defending, said Bushell had been trying to meet an adult on the website and had not set out to talk to a child.

Mr Burns added: ‘He is now engaged. He has made no wedding arrangements because this hearing may prevent him doing that in the near future.’

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