September 2016

Child sex predator who police fear will strike again


A man described as a sexual predator for 30 years has been curbed by a court.

Desmond Boylan has a history of sexual offences against children stretching back to 1986.

His crimes include indecently assaulting an 11-year-old girl, indecently exposing himself in front of five girls aged from eight to 17, and a public order offence in front of a four-year-old boy and eight-year-old girl which was sexually motivated.

Boylan, 48, of Shannon Street, Blackpool, was previously made the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) – but he broke that six times.

Authorities decided to take further action after hearing he had become a member of the congregation at a Blackpool church, which was near a pre-school nursery.

Boylan had become involved in voluntary activities at the church and asked if he could hand out prizes to Girl Guides. Blackpool magistrates have now applied a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) to Boylan.

Rachel Fung, applying for the order on behalf of Lancashire Police, told the court a specialist assessor had assessed Boylan as posing “a very high risk of sexual offending in the future.”

She said: “This order is designed to protect the public. He poses a risk to vulnerable victims.” Ms Fung said Boylan had a history of sexual offending over 30 years.

He had been put on a SOPO but had breached it six times.

He had had unsupervised contact with children at a YMCA open day, dressed in ‘gremlin’ mask and handed out sticks of rock to youngsters, sent inappropriate messages to a 15-year-old girl on Facebook and followed a child to the toilet when he worked in a cafe.

Magistrates were told that Boylan was in the courthouse, but did not want to come into court. He did not appear in the courtroom.

Martin Hillson, for Boylan, said his client had become a member of a church which was near a nursery school but there was no suggestion he had been to the nursery or spoken to the children there.

Mr Hillson said the SHPO was not designed to be a punishment order for anything that had taken place, but a preventative order.

He argued that an order for the minimum five years should be imposed.

The order bans Boylan from:

  • Approaching or communicating with any child under 18 or attempting to do so, except for inadvertent fleeting contact;

  • Having any unsupervised contact with a child under 18, apart from inadvertent or fleeting or with the consent of the child’s parents or guardian, who has knowledge of his convictions, and with the express approval of Social Services or the approval of a police officer from The Dangerous and Sexual Offender Unit or Public Protection Unit;

  • Entering or attempting to enter or remain in any recreational area where there are children under 18;

  • Entering or attempting to enter or remain in any school or educational premises which are specifically for pupils aged under 16 for example, nursery, infant, junior – secondary schools which have sixth form facilities for students under 18 are also included.

October 2011

Flasher contacted girl on Facebook

A CONVICTED flasher who used Facebook to pester a teenage girl has walked free from court.

Desmond Boylan – who flouted a court order barring him from having unsupervised contact with anyone under 16 – used a computer in a library to contact the 15-year-old.

Preston Crown Court heard the girl had feared Boylan would track her down as her Facebook page contained details of her school.

Boylan, 43, of Poulton Road, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (Sopo).

The court heard how the order was imposed in 2005 following his conviction for exposure.

In one case Boylan exposed himself to an eight-year-old girl and a four-year-old boy in Fleetwood’s Memorial Park.

And on another occasion he exposed himself to a 16-year-old girl in the same park.

In his latest offence he used the library computer to make contact with the girl, pestering her on a number of occasions via Facebook.

Nick Courtney, prosecuting, said the girl had been scared to go out in case the defendant was looking for her.

In a victim statement, the she feared Boylan would track her down.

Her family are now more security conscious regarding the internet.

The case comes as The Gazette, yesterday, revealed how computer experts and police were advising youngsters to be vigilant when using Facebook and not to put too much personal details on their online ‘profiles’.

He was given a sentence of 16 weeks prison, suspended for two years, with a three-month curfew to operate from 8pm to 8am. He will be subject to a Sopo for 10 years.

Judge Anthony Russell told the defendant “Your conduct was a risk to young people.

“You knew perfectly well this girl was 15 because her date of birth was on the Facebook entry. Your conduct has caused distress and concern to her. Your attentions were not welcome.”

June 2005

A FLEETWOOD man whose activities as a “flasher” alarmed children on three separate occasions has been handed two stringent court orders.

Desmond Boylan, 36, of Poulton Road, confronted youngsters and exposed himself to them in September and December last year, Preston Crown Court heard.

Last week, after appearing before the court for sentencing, Boylan was given a three-year community rehabilitation order, which included a compulsory offenders’ course.

He was also given a 10 year sexual offences prevention order, prohibiting him from approaching children.

Boylan had pleaded guilty in March to two counts of exposure – one count of which was amended from a more serious charge of committing sexual activity in front of a person aged under 13.

He also asked for a third matter to be taken into consideration.

Last week, the court heard how in one of his cases Boylan exposed himself to an eight-year-old girl and a four-year-old boy in Fleetwood Memorial Park.

And on another occasion he exposed himself to a 16-year-old girl in the same park.

Officers caught Boylan after matching up his description with police records of a previous matter.