July 2017

Registered sex offender David Reynolds branded ‘risk to children’

A registered sex offender who admitted breaching his notification requirements five times when he stayed at addresses, including his own home, where children were present narrowly avoided a jail sentence today (July 21).

David Reynolds spent a number of nights at a family member’s house, and stayed at a different address belonging to a friend.

On other dates the police discovered that children had been staying at the defendant’s own address and had failed to notify them.

The 30-year-old defendant, of Sherborne Road, Yeovil, admitted five charges of failing to comply with the term of his sex offender’s registration requirements.

The court heard he had stayed at addresses in Templecombe, Yeovil and Gillingham without notifying the authorities.

Prosecuting, Nikki Coombe said Reynolds had convictions for sexual assaults and has to notify police if he stays at an address for more than seven days.

“At some of these addresses, there were children present,” she said. “Sometimes he would disclose his status as a sex offender, other times he wouldn’t.

“When he was arrested by the police, he said that he simply hadn’t understood the terms of the requirements, but we believe it was a deliberate failures to follow the terms of the requirement, over a long period of time.”

Sentencing him to six months in prison, suspended for two years, Recorder Paul Dunkels said there was every reason to believe he knew exactly what he was doing.

“You failed to notify the authorities when you were staying in homes that had young children,” he said.

“I don’t accept this was a misunderstanding. You were deliberately involving yourself in grooming and involving yourself in the lives of people who have young children.

“This was a repeated and deliberate failure on your part.”

He said Reynolds represented a ‘risk’ to children and ordered him to take part in 20 days of rehabilitation activities, enroll on a sex offenders program and he was made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order.

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