July 2016

Speke paedophile jailed for having sex parties with kids is sent back to prison

Steven Sullivan

A paedophile jailed for having sex parties with children was sent back to prison after breaching the terms of his release.

Steven Sullivan, 27, of Damwood Road, Speke, was locked up for six years in 2009, after hosting the events when he was 18.

Nicola Daley, prosecuting, said: “Some male and female children as young as 12-years-old were frequenting these parties and given illegal drugs and alcohol.

“It was thought some 10 to 20 children would attend at any one time. The children were encouraged to have sex with each other, or with Sullivan and his friends.”

Liverpool Crown Court heard Sullivan often organised taxis to collect victims and take them to his home.

When police raided his property they seized computers and mobile phones containing indecent pictures and videos.

Officers also discovered grooming chat logs with girls and chats when Sullivan asked other perverts to send him images of children aged five and six.

Sullivan was convicted of 10 sexual activity charges, plus making, possessing and distributing indecent images of children.

He was released on licence in January 2012, but arrested on suspicion of raping a 15-year-old girl in April 2013.

Ms Daley said charges were dropped “due to the weaknesses in the case”.

However, Sullivan was recalled for breaching his licence and remained in prison until November 2014.

When released again he spoke with officers, who reiterated the terms of his Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO).

He took part in an assessment in March 2015, when he said he did not have friends his own age, and was found to be a “high risk”.

Ms Daley said: “He told the officer that he could not guarantee that he would not re-offend again and would have sex with ‘anything’.”

Sullivan was deemed to be of ‘medium risk’ in July last year, after showing “measurable changes”, such as seeking a job, gaining a new home and managing his SOPO “without any difficulty”.

But the officer said: “It is now clear that Sullivan concealed his continued sexual attraction to children and has demonstrated his dishonesty.”

Ms Daley said Sullivan broke the order by playing with himself in front of a camera while talking to a 14-year-old girl online.

He also bought two mobile phones without telling police and used one of them to send her sex texts last year.

Sullivan admitted engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child and breaching his SOPO.

Rachel Oakdene, defending, said her client was immature and had not fully appreciated the seriousness of the order.

The judge, Recorder Rowena Goode, said the girl was 12 years younger than him.

She said: “The contact that you had with her was extensive and it was sexual in nature.”

She sentenced Sullivan to three years in prison, with an extended four years on licence.

He must sign on the Sex Offenders Register and be subject to the SOPO for life.